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Weekly newsletter: November 12, 2015

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Combining cards: Rolling 2 credit limits into 1 card
Have two cards from one issuer? Trying combining credit limits before you close one. This little-known practice can help protect your score. More...
Secrets of extreme credit card owners
We talked to seven cardholders with multiple cards to unlock their secrets of extreme card ownership without extreme credit score hazards. More...
7 things you need to know about gift cards
Some things have changed about gift cards over the years. Here's what you need to know about the No. 1 requested present. More...
‘Speaking of Credit’ by Barry Paperno
Raise credit score 30 points in 6 months? Tough, but doable
Attention to bill pay and credit utilization,  plus tackling debt, can get it done. More...
Cashing In by Tony Mecia
How long to wait to apply for another rewards card
Don’t apply too aggressively -- for the sake of your credit and budget. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Closing only card means no score, no mortgage
No credit activity, no credit score -- and no possibility of getting a mortgage. More...
Taking Charge blog
Rate Report
Revenge of the 'transactors' - Lenders now consider your payment habits
People who pay their full balance have a name: “transactors.” Transactors look more creditworthy to lenders -- including home mortgage lenders, where a lower interest rate means big savings. More...
Can a fear of death lead to overspending?
According to a psychologist, many people soothe their uncomfortable feelings toward death with material rewards that are definite, or with products that could potentially outlive them. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 11/12/2015
National Average
14.96%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.07%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.09%
Airline
14.91%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%