You have to show you've been responsible with the borrowing power you already have before credit card companies will increase your limit.
The remarkable monthly increase seems to reverse a 3-year trend, as card companies loosen standards and troll for new customers.
Or maybe they shouldn't. How do you figure out which is best for you?
New federal rules will expand consumers' right to review their all-important credit scores, and they won't have to pay to see them.
It's not your all-important FICO score, but it can provide you with very important information.
A reader's parents maintain a revolving loan account for the grown kids -- just in case they need some extra money.
In yet another sign the credit crunch may be ending, some banks are offering loans to consumers with shaky credit.
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