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Rules of the road for improving your credit mix
Having greater diversity in the types of credit you use can nudge your credit score up -- as long as you make your payments on time. More...
How credit scores impact some student loan approvals
Planning to apply for student loans? Check your credit. If applying for PLUS loans or private student loans, your credit history counts. More...
Summer vacation mistakes that can cost you
Dreaming about a lazy day at the beach? Just make sure you don't make a planning mistake that could set your finances back for months. More...
Credit card industry facts, debt statistics
We've taken our statistics -- the Web's largest and most popular source of fully cited, credible data -- updated the information and given it a new look. More...
Expert advice

The path to a lower interest rate
'Let's Talk Credit' expert Jane McNamara
Most banks and credit unions tie their cards' interest rates to the prime rate, but knowing the prime alone won't help lower yours. More...
Will debt management plan hurt FICO score?
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
When you enter a debt management plan, one requirement is to close open card accounts. How will that affect your credit score? More...
Husband won't stop charging on joint card
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
Sharing a joint card is hard if one spouse uses the card too often and can't pay off the balance.
Blessed by sudden wealth? Move slowly
'New Frugal You' expert Gary Foreman
A large inheritance creates the temptation to spend and lend large. To keep your newly obtained wealth intact, call in the experts.

Buy stuff with just a nod of your head?
A Finnish startup promises to replace all those passwords, PINs and security codes with a simple device you always carry with you: your face. More...
Occupy Wall Street unveils prepaid card plans
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement are getting into the prepaid card business for the 99 percenters. More...
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Credit card rate report
(as of 8-1-2013)
National Average 14.96%
Business 12.98%
Low Interest 10.37%
Balance Transfer 12.39%
Cash Back 14.85%
Reward 14.79%
Bad Credit 23.64%
Airline 14.63%
Student 13.16%
Instant Approval 28%

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