More credit card news | Credit card help | Credit card videos | Credit card statistics December 7, 2012
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Credit reports falsely flag some as terrorists
Credit bureaus are selling lenders special notations on credit reports called OFAC alerts. But some bureaus aren't telling consumers about the alerts -- and aren't allowing them to dispute it. More...
Is your credit card refund check in the mail?
From now through early 2013, millions of credit and debit card users are due to get refunds due to settlements over card issuers' alleged misdeeds. More...
What to expect, do after a card data breach
If your credit card data has been breached, your vulnerability -- and the right self-defense actions -- can vary widely. More...
Video: The future of credit cards
Credit cards have been made of plastic for decades. While still durable, new payment products could give plastic a run for its money. More...
Expert credit card advice

Does having a high card balance hurt credit score?
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
A mom wonders if her college grad daughter's high credit card balance and regular payments will help build a good score or hurt it. More...
I defaulted. How soon can I get a new card?
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
She defaulted on several cards years ago, and even sued for payment on one of them. Now she wants new plastic. Will she qualify?
Pros, cons to owning a duplex
'New Frugal You' expert Gary Foreman
Renting out half a building can be a path to greater wealth or to grayer hair, depending on the property and your landlord tendencies.
No, free flights don't earn extra rewards
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
Airline policies limit where you can use flier miles and prevent you from earning miles while using up the free ones. More...
'Taking Charge' blog

Are you inviting junk cellphone calls?
Downloading that "Call Me Maybe" ring tone could make you a target of calls from people you definitely didn't want to hear from. More...
Transaction alerts minimize card theft damages
Setting up text alerts with your bank can give you a heads up when an authorized user uses your card -- and when a thief does. More...
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Cash Back 14.30%
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Bad Credit 23.64%
Airline 14.63%
Student 13.31%
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