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Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (9/9/11)

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We’re going back to basics this week, offering you all the news, advice and tips in the world of credit. This week’s topics include new innovations and revelations. They also include tips and advice on how to choose the best card and to improve your credit score. As always, if you enjoy any of our favorite bloggers, we encourage you to follow them on Twitter for regular updates. And don’t forget to follow Credit.com at @CreditExperts

A Credit and Debit Card: 2 Cards in One
Finally! Fifth Third Bank is introducing a charge card that enables its users to choose between credit and debit when making a purchase. This trend has a serious chance to catch on since it offers consumers an added level of convenience … and banks an opportunity to charge fees for customers’ credit charges. As with most financial conveniences, consumers should be careful with how they use this card. @NYTimes

[Related Article: Bank Unveils Debit and Credit “Duo Card”]

Credit Card Applications More Transparent, Still Not Terrific
After reviewing several credit card applications, now that the CARD Act transparency rules are in place, a recent study found that there are improvements across the board. Of course, you still have to labor through the fine print to get all of the info you need to know.  @TimeMoneyland

Why Two Credit Cards Are Better Than One
We’re big proponents of taking control of your finances, not running up overwhelming debts, and streamlining your payments. That said, it’s not a bad idea to have a “back up” or emergency credit card. Of course, we urge consumers to pay down balances and be mindful of spending, but adding a second card can be beneficial to your credit portfolio. Here’s why… @Forbes

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Nine Myths on How to Build Better Credit
Much like money, health and looks, credit is something that most people are always trying to improve upon. Also similar to life’s other pursuits, many are trying to improve their credit in the wrong way. This article demystifies some of the ideas about credit building. @FoxBusiness

How to Choose a Credit Card That’s Right for You
With so many new cards promising new rewards and new APRs being introduced seemingly every day, it can be difficult to know that you’re making the right choice. This article shows you how to look at yourself through the eyes of the card issuers, size yourself up and define what credit card attributes best serve you. Make sure you read down to the Final Word for words of wisdom. @MoneyCrashers

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