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By: Alice Bryant Posted: Oct 24, 2014
Can you say that you’ve honestly read your entire credit card agreement? With the number of pages and insanely tiny print, reading through the fine print seems awfully similar to reading the dictionary. But by just putting your John Hancock on paper, you could very well be agreeing to something you might not be aware of. In fact, a recent survey showed that a third of bank customers had...

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