Weekly newsletter: Oct. 24, 2013
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Late payments: How high can fines, fees go?

'Opening Credits' by Erica Sandberg
How to fix defaulted
medical debt
When old medical debt is keeping you from moving ahead with your life, it's time to take action. Either pay it off or work out a debt settlement with collectors.  More...
'To Her Credit' by Sally Herigstad
Who pays card bill after
a parent dies?
When a parent dies, all bills should go through the estate. Even if you used a parent's card with permission prior to death, if it isn't your card, it's not your bill.  More...
'Cashing In' by Cathleen McCarthy
Do chip-and-PIN cards
work in the US?
Chip cards issued in the U.S. will work here because  they still have mag stripes. Overseas, however, the embedded chip -- not the stripe -- is read.  More...
Occasional tardiness won gentler treatment under a 2009 reform law, but repeat offenses bring heavier penalties, especially for chronic late payers ... (See Late fees, fines)
7 ways to prep for
a leaner holiday season
Avoid buyer's remorse this holiday season by following these expert tips on how to keep your spending frugal but festive ... (See Lean holiday)
Keeping up with ever-shorter
rewards promotions
Rewards promotion deals that now last for as little as a day can mean more ways to rack up credit card points. But how do you keep up with it all? ... (See Card promotions)
Blog: Taking Charge RATE REPORT
Debt crisis lesson: Don't
neglect emergency funds
The government shutdown is finally over. But it will likely leave Americans skittish about spending for a while -- and motivate them to beef up their savings. More...
App lets your smartphone
dial for dollars at ATMs
In a move that may forever alter the meaning of "dialing for dollars," global financial services giant FIS will soon enable ATM users nationwide to call ahead for cash from their smartphones, no debit or credit card required. More...
Credit card rate report
as of 10/24/2013
National Average 15.03%
Business 12.98%
Low Interest 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.49%
Cash Back 14.62%
Reward 14.87%
Bad Credit 23.48%
Airline 14.51%
Student 13.27%
Instant Approval 28.00%