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11 hidden credit card perks
The phrase "credit card fine print" is usually associated with unpleasant, expensive gotchas, but these hidden surprises bring good news to your wallet. More...
Expiration dates fuzzy on old card debt
Card issuers' rules and conflicting legal rulings make it tough to tell when a consumer's debt ages past the statute of limitations. More...
PLUS: How to tell when card debt legally expires
Medical credit cards: Good, bad or ugly?
Some say they're a savior in a medical crisis, while consumer advocates decry their high interest rates and few protections. More...
PLUS: Health-care financing comparison chart
Q&A: 'Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift'
In a new book, two English professors who are also Jane Austen fans apply the romantic novelist's financial sensibilities to today's money woes. More...
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How old debt can lead to seized assets
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
Even if a debt is beyond the statute of limitations, you cannot ignore a court summons or bill collector lawsuits for an old debt. More...
Will score suffer if new card is canceled?
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
If you open a new card, pay it off fast and then cancel it, you may experience some credit score damage, but it will be minor. More...
Simple ways to keep miles from expiring
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
Closed your card? Most airlines require you to use (or lose) your miles. But you don't have to take a flight to keep them from expiring.
Is a second business credit card wise?
'Your Business Credit' expert Elaine Pofeldt
If you're thinking of transferring the balance on your business card to one with a lower interest rate, there may be better options.

Will lenders ever use alternative credit scores?
Credit scoring companies keep reinventing algorithms for "thin file" folks, but lenders are slow to adopt them. More...
Ben, you may be leaving? But we only just met
Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke led extraordinary measures to create jobs. Now he may be headed for a job change of his own. More...
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(as of 3-28-2013)
National Average 14.95%
Business 13.13%
Low Interest 10.29%
Balance Transfer 12.59%
Cash Back 14.13%
Reward 14.75%
Bad Credit 23.64%
Airline 14.63%
Student 13.16%
Instant Approval 15.49%

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