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Credit limit trick: Know 'snapshot' date
Forget the oft-repeated axiom about keeping card balances below 30 percent of your credit limit. Just know your monthly credit
date to keep your card balances low and your credit score high.
How wage garnishment works and how to avoid it
Garnishment, a last-ditch effort to collect debt, can result in a court order seizing your wages and draining your bank accounts.
FTC sees surge in tax refund theft
A surge in tax refund rip-offs solidified identity theft as the top consumer complaint in the Federal Trade Commission's annual list.
Compare cards' extended product warranties
Most cards offer warranty extensions, but you have to meet a laundry list of requirements first (Hint: Keep your receipts).
Expert credit card advice
When being an authorized user isn't worth it
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
A 27-year-old with poor credit is only hurting
more by being added to her mom's card with a really high balance.
Soon-to-be college grad seeks adult plastic
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
Graduating from college means new beginnings and responsibilities, including retiring student cards and getting grown-up plastic.
Getting your tax data from a closed account
'Your Business Credit' expert Elaine Pofeldt
Banks may cancel credit cards for many reasons, but no matter what, you're entitled to the information you need to file your taxes.
Best reward cards for priority boarding
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
Most airline cards offer "priority boarding," but that early-bird perk still won't put you first in line.
Blogs and videos
Jesse Jackson's demise came via credit card
Here's how U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s political career unraveled, thanks to a credit card -- and a Rolex, home renovations and celebrity memorabilia.
Video: The future of plastic
Credit cards have been made of plastic for decades. But as cards evolve, new payment products could give plastic a run for its money.
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