Credit Card Basics
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Credit Card Basics

Chapter 1: Match card and lifestyle

The smart consumer selects the card that matches his or her spending and payment habits.

Chapter 2: Credit reports and scores

Here's how to order and read your credit reports and how your credit score is affected by the reports.

Chapter 3: Costs and fees

You found a credit card with a great low interest rate. Good for you. Now, what about the fees?

Chapter 4: Managing your cards

You pay promptly and never go over the limit. But, do you know your consumer rights?

Chapter 5: Using credit wisely

Savvy spenders use credit carefully. Discover when it's smart to pull out a card and when it's not.

Chapter 6: Special-need card users

Here are the cards best for first-time applicants, students and for those with bruised credit
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Jeanine Skowronski

CFPB: Lender distorted credit reports

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has an eye on credit reporting issues. The agency took enforcement action against auto financer First Investors Financial Services Group Inc. Wednesday for distorting consumer credit records for years. Per the CFPB, First Investors, which lends primarily to subprime borrowers, failed to fix known flaws in a computer system that  ... Read more

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