THE FINE PRINT

Debit to Society

This month, MasterCard debuts its traveler's check card, which is similar to products already sold by American Express and Visa. They're essentially debit cards with extra protection: If they are lost or stolen, you'll get a replacement or wired cash within 24 hours. Unfortunately, the fees are ridiculous--as much as $15 per card, $2.50 for ATM withdrawals, and even $15 to close your account.

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