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Weekly newsletter: September 24, 2015

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Retailers roll out layaway plans early for 2015 holidays
Holiday layaway programs launched before Labor Day cookouts even started this year, and more retailers are moving layaway online to vie for business. More...
9 debt negotiation tips for introverts
Looking for better card terms? Your aversion to small talk may give you an edge. More...
Money epiphanies: Hearing, heeding the call to change
People who were deep in debt or just needed to change describe their powerful money moments. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Little-known card perk: Insurance against baggage delays
Your card may have insurance to reimburse delayed-baggage expenses. More...
To Her Credit by Sally Herigstad
Wife has lower score, but gets better prescreened card offers
Her husband's credit score is over 800, so why are issuers ignoring him? More...
‘Speaking of Credit’ by Barry Paperno
Spouse committed fraud, ran up debt, but we're still together
With $10,000 debt in collections, an 850 credit score is not on the horizon. More...
Taking Charge Blog
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Don't have a chip card yet? Call your issuer
The nationwide EMV migration deadline is looming, but blogger Sienna Kossman doesn't have a single chip card. She called her issuers to see what the deal was. More...
Visa, MasterCard test biometric card security
Forget dipping your chip, entering a PIN or swiping your has-been magnetic stripe. A growing number of card companies are experimenting with a more secure payment verification method: biometrics. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 9/24/2015
National Average
15.00%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.12%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.14%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%