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Sorry, Mom: Poll says mothers losing financial influence
A scientific poll by CreditCards.com finds that Americans say mothers are no longer their biggest financial influence. Instead, we rely on self-taught lessons. More...
Video: Protect your privacy while using mobile shopping apps
If you use shopping apps on your smartphone, you may be sacrificing your privacy in ways you aren't even aware of. Here are four steps you can take to protect yourself. More...
Elder fraud cases on the rise
Cons aimed at the elderly include a "grandchild" in distress and threats from a government "official." They're effective and on the rise. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Even for old debt, settling beats other options
Even if the statute of limitations is almost up for an old debt, you're better off settling. More...
Credit Wise by Kevin Weeks
Retail card account opens at your first purchase
Once you use the card and get the discount, it's too late to change your mind -- the card has been activated. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Most issuers like to know your travel plans
Telling issuers your travel plans prevents fraud alerts. But you should also make sure you have different payment options. More...
TAKING CHARGE Blog
Rate Report
ADHD can make it tough to manage finances
Good financial hygiene requires a high tolerance for tedium, but many people with ADHD have trouble paying attention to things that don't interest them. As a result, boring but important tasks -- such as balancing a checkbook -- often get left undone. More...
5 tips for building credit while living paycheck-to-paycheck
It's possible to build a positive credit history by using credit cards while living paycheck-to-paycheck, but you have to tread carefully. Here are five tips to help you do just that. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 5/7/2015
National Average
14.92%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.04%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.26%
Reward
15.04%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
17.93%