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Why EMV chip cards won't eliminate fraud
U.S. issuers are replacing magnetic stripe credit cards with  counterfeit-resistant EMV chips. But fraudsters are expected to adapt, turning to online and other forms of fraud ... (See More)
New rules aim to tame prepaid cards
The fee-laden cards, gaining in popularity, would have to disclose more about those fees under rules unveiled by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ... (See More)
Author Linda Tirado: Broke means bad money decisions
Former IHOP night cook-turned-author Linda Tirado explains in very frank terms why being poor often leads to making shortsighted financial decisions ... (See More)
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Ex didn't pay up, so your student loan defaulted? Go after him
The court said he had to pay half of his ex-wife's student loan, but he shirked, and she isn't making enough, so now the loan's in default. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Some cards generous for travel, give less in cash back rewards
If a travel card turns out to offer different rewards or fewer points than you expected, consider canceling it before the annual fee comes due. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Adding yourself to your spouse's card is fraud
Taking the liberty of adding yourself to your spouse's card as an authorized user is considered fraud, and you could be charged with identity theft. More...
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5 resourceful ways to save money on Black Friday
If you are venturing out on Black Friday -- or even Thanksgiving night -- to snag some discounted booty, best of luck. Here are a few extra tips besides "plan ahead" and "make a budget" to help you save more and spend less ...  More...
How I beat coupons with discount gift cards
"Every week, I'd spend about 30 minutes clipping coupons from the Sunday paper. They piled up everywhere, but rarely in my coupon book. And at most I'd save $10. Then I discovered discount gift cards," writes blogger Karen Queen ... More...
Credit card rate report
As of 11/20/2014
National Average
14.98%
Low Interest
10.37%
Balance transfer
12.73%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
14.94%
Reward
14.93%
Airline
15.46%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
23.33%