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Do you ever check your balance on your phone and stop to wonder whether it's safe? Who's keeping track of all the financial products, gadgets, apps, and new rules that make financial life seem so fraught these days? Meet the Consumer Financial...

What a Super High Score Gets You

You've got a great credit score. Solid 750-something. Is it worth the effort to push it a little higher?Would we waste your time telling you no?“The difference is a much better rate on everything,” says Linda Ferrari, author of The Big Score:...

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5 Best Cash-Back Cards

Want a great reward card? Now is the time to pick one, says credit expert Erica Sandberg of CreditCards.com. “Card companies really want your business, so they’re finding ways to make their cards as appealing as possible.” These days you can get...

Be Smart About Store Cards

Store cards: friend or foe? Given how tempting that on-the-spot 15 percent discount can be, signing up for a store card is hard to resist—and may even be worth it. But retail cards can also compromise your credit in ways you may not realize, says...

Get More for Your Rewards

You spend a lot on your cards and you want all the perks you deserve. With so many options (flights! merch! cash!) how do you get the most for your hard-swiped points?  Best Cash back. Redeeming points for cash is a smart way to go, experts say....

Co-Sign at Your Own Risk

Should you co-sign a loan or credit card for a friend or relative? I get this question a lot, especially since  the economic downturn has made it harder for people to obtain loans.   There are certainly situations where you might be inclined to go...

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...

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