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Citi® Double Cash Card

By  Curtis Arnold, Editor-in-chief
Citi® Double Cash Card is a top pick for cash-back. It offers a solid cash-back rewards program as well as a zero-percent introductory rate and no annual fee.

Barclaycard® Rewards MasterCard®

By  Curtis Arnold, Editor-in-chief
The next British invasion may hit your wallet instead of your music collection, with UK lending giant Barclays using its Barclaycard brand to make inroads into the American credit card market. For a few years now, Barclaycard has backed some recognizable retail and travel rewards cards bearing familiar brands like US Airways and Wyndham Hotels.

Chase Freedom ®

By  Curtis Arnold, Editor-in-chief
Those willing to keep track of quarterly spending categories stand to save some serious coin when paying with this cash-back card. Plus, you can snag a tempting sign-up bonus with smart spending during the first couple months with this card.

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Q: I want to apply for my first credit card. What should I look for?
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Amber Stubbs
Amber Stubbs
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Amber has been researching the credit card industry for more than nine years and has been interviewed by members of the national media including USA Today, The New York Times, Time, TheStreet.com, and The Chicago Tribune. Amber became passionate about personal finance after overcoming difficulties with her own credit.

Curtis Arnold
Curtis Arnold
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Curtis, a nationally recognized consumer educator and advocate, has been educating consumers about credit cards since 1998. Curtis is the author of “How You Can Profit from Credit Cards: Using Credit to Improve Your Financial Life and Bottom Line” (FT Press, 2008). He is regularly interviewed by respected members of the press.