The Best Credit Cards in America: How We Do It

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The Best Credit Cards in America: How We Do It

The Best Credit Cards in America: How We Do It

The Best Credit Cards in America series’ latest installment revolved around consumers’ best options for airline rewards. We sat down with Jason Steele, the man behind the rankings who is also a bit of a travel rewards expert in his own life, to talk about how we developed the rankings, what the best credit cards… Read More

The 5 Things That Affect Your Credit Score

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The 5 Things That Affect Your Credit Score

The 5 Things That Affect Your Credit Score

Knowing your credit score is an important part of managing and maintaining your financial health, but knowing the score alone isn’t enough. It’s also important to understand how your credit score is calculated and the key factors that are used in the calculation. Without understanding the core foundation of how credit scores read and interpret… Read More

Should You Co-Sign That Loan?

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Should You Co-Sign That Loan?

Should You Co-Sign That Loan?

During this festive season, we often spend more time than usual with our family — for Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers. The early, chilly nights force us to spend more time indoors, hanging out with brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews. Family bonds are strong. Most of us would do anything… Read More

Substantial Payout to Retailers Looms for Visa, MasterCard

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Substantial Payout to Retailers Looms for Visa, MasterCard

Substantial Payout to Retailers Looms for Visa, MasterCard

The controversial settlement between a number of retail groups and the world’s two largest processors of debit and credit card payments is set to move forward after receiving preliminary approval, but objections to the deal still linger. U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson recently said that the antitrust settlement between merchants groups and both Visa… Read More

The New Homebuyer: More Credit Savvy

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The New Homebuyer: More Credit Savvy

The New Homebuyer: More Credit Savvy

Tighter credit requirements among mortgage lenders have produced — wait for it — borrowers with better credit. Not exactly a Nobel-worthy finding, but a recent Federal Reserve analysis of homebuying data helps clarify our collective improvement. Current homebuyers are more creditworthy on average than at any point in the last 12 years. Researchers who combed… Read More

How Your Credit Card Can Help You In a Disaster

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How Your Credit Card Can Help You In a Disaster

How Your Credit Card Can Help You In a Disaster

From this summer’s forest fires in the rural west, to Hurricane Sandy’s recent impact on the most populated region of our country, Americans have come to understand that disasters can strike anywhere. In times of trouble, the last thing that disaster victims might think about is their credit cards. But actually, this is one of… Read More

MasterCard’s Newest Creation: A Credit Card With a Keypad

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MasterCard’s Newest Creation: A Credit Card With a Keypad

MasterCard’s Newest Creation: A Credit Card With a Keypad

Many companies have been trying to make credit card transactions safer for consumers in recent years, and one of the world’s largest payment processors might just have a new solution. MasterCard, the world’s second-largest processor of debit and credit transactions, recently unveiled a new “display card” technology that could make it far easier for users… Read More

11 Tips to Rebuild Your Credit

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11 Tips to Rebuild Your Credit

11 Tips to Rebuild Your Credit

Looking for tips to build your credit? Here’s a slew of them to help you get your credit back on track. Set a date night with your credit. Think of it as your monthly check-up, or weigh in. Or add it to your to-do list when you pay your bills. Just be sure to take… Read More

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