8 secrets about your debit card

Rules and protections vary
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Debit card

It's neat, plastic and goes everywhere. But your debit card may still be keeping a few secrets.

A hybrid of cash, checks and credit cards, it's an entirely different species with its own strengths and weaknesses.

Making it even more enigmatic, not even all debit cards play by the same rules. Depending on the issuer, the brand and your own banking history, debit cards can have vastly different rules and protections.

Here are eight things about your debit card that you may not know.




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