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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...

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He Has Debt. You Don't. How to Protect Your Marriage

You know that money fights are a leading source of breakups. And these days, many of those clashes are likely to be about debt. So what do you do if your partner has massive law school loans, say, or other outstanding debts—and you don’t?Here's...

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...

What’s Your Debt Threshold?

Debt is a mainstay of modern life. It’s hard to buy a home, a car, or (let’s face it) get through the holidays without leaning on credit somewhere. In fact, you could argue that the definition of being in debt has shifted, in large part thanks to...

A Clear Shot at Better Credit

If your credit has taken a hit in this dragging economy, do you know where to go for help? Probably not, says a survey last month by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Nearly half of respondents had no idea where to turn, and...

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