Weekly newsletter: Oct. 31, 2013
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3 ways to curb pre-holiday money stress

'Let's Talk Credit' by Jane McNamara
Buying a home? Boost
your 'team' score
Couples looking to buy a house can buff their team credit score by having the person with better credit add the partner with worse credit to card accounts.  More...
'To Her Credit' by Sally Herigstad
Co-signed student loan
leaves mom on the hook
When a parent co-signs a student loan for a child, the assumption is that the child will make payments after graduation. But sometimes, things backfire.  More...
'Opening Credits' by Erica Sandberg
Making sure your first
credit card is the right fit
Shopping for your first credit card is much like finding that perfect pair of jeans -- it has to fit your income as well as complement your credit. More...
Ah, the holidays. From Halloween to New Year's Eve, it's common to experience the financial freak-out. Must you, though? No, say the experts ... (See Holiday spending)
Buy lottery tickets with
a credit card? Maybe
State laws and retailers' policies often ban putting lottery tickets on credit. But that may change as online lottery sales spread ... (See Lottery sales)
More issuers cut foreign
transaction fees
In competition for well-heeled travelers, more credit card issuers are reducing or even dropping those pesky foreign transaction fees ... (See Fee)
Blog: Taking Charge RATE REPORT
Congress debates alternative credit data to build credit scores
Missed your electricity bill last month? You can rest easy, for now, as most utility companies don't report to the credit bureaus unless you're seriously late. However, that could change if a bipartisan group of congressmen get their way. More...
Data broker's dealings with ID thief expose lax protections
It was bad enough when hackers breached data brokers' digital warehouses with ID theft in mind. Now a data broker scandal shows how weak the protections are for consumers' identifying details. More...
Credit card rate report
as of 10/31/2013
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%