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Money 101: How Secured Cards Work

Whether you’re trying to build good credit (or rebuild it), consider a secured card. “Secured cards are perfect for people with thin or damaged credit files,” says credit expert Erica Sandberg, like college students, new grads, or folks who are...

What We’re Talking About Today

Hello, it’s MONDAY. What do you need most? Here's today's must-know events in the economy and elsewhere. Time to forgive people’s debts? Economists just released a provocative study arguing that forgiving and restructuring private debt could...

Protect Your Cash—In a Bond Fund

You've got the emergency cash stash, in case disaster strikes—good for you.   Now let’s talk about how depressing it is to watch all that cash just sitting there in an account, earning less than the rate of inflation.   Consider investing part of...

3 Ways to Curb Impulse Spending

Impulse buys have a sneaky way of adding up, especially during flea market season. Before you know it, your wallet’s thinner and all you can show for it are … scented soy candles? Sigh. Here, three scientifically proven ways to stop: Don’t...

Put Your Money Where the Women Are

Equities, bonds, cash, and...women? Right now gender doesn’t loom large in most asset allocation strategies, but some people are saying it should. That’s because several studies suggest that having women at the helm of a company may aid its...

Price Hike for Plastic

For years, retailers had to pay a fee to Visa and MasterCard when shoppers used their cards. But merchants technically weren’t allowed to pass along that surcharge to customers. Until now. Thanks to a recent settlement between merchants and the...

Get Ready for Platinum

You boosted your credit score—and you want to upgrade to a credit card with actual… whaddya call them? Perks. Higher-end cards typically offer features like cash back, airline miles, and lower interest rates. How do you know you’re ready for...

A Hands-On Way to Pay Down Debt

Debt is such a drag—especially when you’ve got multiple cards with different balances and interest rates.  Yes, I know about the “snowball” method (where you pay off the smallest balances first), but I have two new ideas for you today. First,...

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