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CFPB: Credit scores for medical debt are unfair
A study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that medical debt collection weighs too heavily on people's credit scores ... More
Survey: Lack of education goes with credit card debt
Households without credit card debt tend to be more educated than those with credit card debt, according to a study by a public policy organization Demos ... More
How to stop sending mixed money messages to your kids
A substantial number of parents admit to bribing their kids for good behavior or "borrowing" from their piggy banks. Here's how to set a better example  ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Lower credit limit surprise nearly spoils a sale
The checkout counter is a bad place to find out your card's credit limit has dropped. Good payment habits prevent such surprises  ... More
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Law caps service members' rates on old debt, not new
Put down the credit card, soldier. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act lowers interest rates only on balances incurred before going on active duty ... More
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
Get that debt settlement offer in writing
An offer to settle old debt for a tenth of what's owed may sound good, but get it in writing, and make sure you understand the consequences ... More
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ZIP codes prevent pay-at-the-pump fraud
Ever wonder why you have to enter your ZIP code to pay for gas at the pump? It may seem like a random request, but there is a purpose and it's for your own good  ... More
College graduates less likely to be trapped by credit card debt
If you're thinking about skipping college to avoid debt, you may want to think twice. College graduates are less likely to become mired in high-interest credit card debt ... More
Credit card rate report
As of 5/22/2014
National Average
15.01%
Business
12.80%
Low Interest
10.37%
Balance Transfer
12.64%
Cash Back
14.91%
Reward
14.97%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Airline
15.30%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%