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Your Credit Score vs. the Lenders'

You know you should shop around when it comes to any credit product (cards, loans, mortgages). But here's another reason to get more than one offer: Lenders are looking at a different score than the one you have, according to a new study by the...

What’s Your Debt Threshold?

Debt is a mainstay of modern life. It’s hard to buy a home, a car, or (let’s face it) get through the holidays without leaning on credit somewhere. In fact, you could argue that the definition of being in debt has shifted, in large part thanks to...

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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...

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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