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Pay up: Americans' credit card interest payments are skyrocketing

Americans know the holiday shopping season can be rough on their credit card balances. What makes that especially ominous this time around is that consumers entered this year's spending spree with those card balances more burdensome than ever. Between rising credit card interest rates (and they're going up again with the recent Federal Reserve interest rate [...]

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The top 4 credit cards for tech professionals (and why you need one)

As tech professionals, very often you ARE your own business. Whether you're a consultant, freelance developer or content provider or perhaps you run a small business that helps connect those people in the tech industry, you know that working in the tech world comes with a unique set of business needs and expenses. You benefit [...]

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The best credit cards for 2019 from our partners

Make 2019 the year you have the best credit card for your spending habits in your pocket. Whether you're looking for a lengthy intro 0 percent APR period, in order to rack up cash-back rewards on your everyday purchases or aspiring to cash in miles for that dream vacation, CardRatings editors have identified the card [...]

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Waived annual fees, zero interest and more credit card perks for active-duty military

As a way to say "thank you," both the country and credit card companies offer special benefits for active-duty military members and, in some cases, their spouses. No matter your credit card, active-duty military members and their spouses are eligible for benefits related to the Servicemembers Civil Rights Act (SCRA). The SCRA provides financial help to [...]

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Study: Despite increased wages, credit card debt greater in high cost-of-living states

Are the high prices where you live causing you to reach for your credit card just to make routine expenses or make ends meet? A new CardRatings study found that may be the case in certain high-cost areas of the country, especially in states where incomes do not adequately compensate for the cost of living. The [...]

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Guide to getting a credit card for foreign students, immigrants, H-1B visa holders

TABLE OF CONTENTSFIRST STEP: FIND AN AMERICAN BANK SECOND STEP: FIND A JOB THIRD STEP: GET A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER NOW, CAN I GET A CREDIT CARD? AMERICAN CREDIT SCORES AND CREDIT HISTORIES VS. OTHER COUNTRIES' SYSTEMS THE SECURED CREDIT CARD OPTION OTHER OPTIONS FOR BUILDING CREDITIf you're looking to apply for a credit card, you probably [...]

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Earn 5% cash back on online shopping and more with these no-annual-fee cards

Another quarter, another chance for CardNamediscontinued and CardNamediscontinued cardholders to rack up 5% cash back in rotating bonus categories.  So what are the categories for Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2019? Well, if you have holiday shopping on your list and Black Friday and Cyber Monday circled on your calendar, you'll be pleased:AMAZON.COM, TARGET and WALMART.COM LogoImageLiteDetailUrl auto-pdp-btnDEPARTMENT STORES, PAYPAL [...]

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Best credit cards for fair credit of November 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTSBEST CREDIT CARDS FOR FAIR CREDIT LEARN MORE ABOUT CREDIT SCORES [RELATED_ARTICLE]List of Top PicksCardName - Cash Back CardName - 0% APR Period CardName - Student CardName - No Annual Fee CardName - Rewards CardName - SecuredYou obviously want excellent terms for your credit cards, but, unfortunately, your credit score doesn't quite make it into the "excellent" range. These days, [...]

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Student Credit Cards 101

TABLE OF CONTENTSCAN A STUDENT GET A CREDIT CARD? WHO SHOULD GET A STUDENT CREDIT CARD? CREDIT CARD OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS ARE THERE STUDENT-SPECIFIC CREDIT CARDS? USING YOUR CREDIT CARD: BEST PRACTICES ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT STUDENT CREDIT CARDS [RELATED_ARTICLE] Let's start with the basics: What is a student credit card? A student credit card is designed under the assumption that the [...]

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3 reasons you need more than one credit card

Your credit card is lonely. And, more importantly, your rewards probably aren't racking up as quickly as they could be or working for you as hard as they should be. Maybe you've heard that you should have more than one credit card in your wallet or, conversely, maybe you've heard that one credit card is all [...]

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