Tag Archives: debt

America the credit-ful and other things to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is:  16 In a historic Rounding Numbers first, this number is unlucky for multiple reasons. The first reason is 16 percent is the average credit card APR, according to our Weekly Rate Report. Sixteen is also the number…
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Credit mistakes to avoid post-graduation

Sienna Kossman

Graduation season is typically filled with last-minute celebrations with friends, job applications and final, final exams. In fact, if you’re a soon-to-be college or high school graduate, building credit may be one of the last things on your mind. But…
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We’re not financially illiterate. Far from it.

Erica Sandberg

April is Financial Literacy Month in the United States, which means that for the next few weeks countless experts will wax on about the sorry state of Americans’ money and credit proficiency. But consider the definition of financial literacy: You…
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Money experts’ first credit card lessons

Karen Queen

Do you remember your first credit card? I got my first card in January 1987, a Visa through Carolina Telco Federal Credit Union. I was four years out of college and hadn’t yet built up a savings account. I was…
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Bad credit increases your risk of early death

Kelly Dilworth

Falling behind on payments won’t just wreck your credit score, it could also increase your risk of early death. According to new research released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, people with bad credit are significantly more likely to…
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