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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

Does My Teen Really Have to File Taxes?

Personal Finance

Does My Teen Really Have to File Taxes?

Does My Teen Really Have to File Taxes?

You know you have to file a tax return, but does your teen? The deadline is rapidly approaching, and he or she may — or may not — have received forms relating to income last year. Chances are, your teen does not have to file. John Scherer, a certified financial planner with Trinity Financial Planning in… Read More

The Most Important Dates on Your Credit Report

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The Most Important Dates on Your Credit Report

The Most Important Dates on Your Credit Report

If you’ve reviewed your credit reports recently you’ve no doubt seen many dates — many, many dates. Some are more important than others. And some are absolutely critical. A Credit.com reader asks: What’s the difference between Date Opened, Date Reported, Date of Last Payment, etc.? There are two reasons why dates on your credit reports… Read More

Do All Credit Checks Hurt My Credit?

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Do All Credit Checks Hurt My Credit?

Do All Credit Checks Hurt My Credit?

If you check your credit scores regularly — and experts recommend you do — it can be a little scary to hear that credit inquiries can damage your credit. That’s a little like telling someone who is trying to improve their physical health that stepping up on the scale carries health risks. (And that’s not just because… Read More

Is Your Credit Good Enough to Retire?

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Is Your Credit Good Enough to Retire?

Is Your Credit Good Enough to Retire?

You’ve checked your savings, and your best strategy for claiming Social Security benefits, but is your credit where you want it for retirement? You might think in retirement — when many are without an employment income — that credit isn’t necessary anymore. Assuming everything goes exactly according to plan, you might be right. Even if… Read More

When’s the Right Time to Pull My Credit Reports?

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When’s the Right Time to Pull My Credit Reports?

When’s the Right Time to Pull My Credit Reports?

A close friend recently asked me for advice about reviewing her credit reports and credit scores. A few years ago, when she got a mortgage, her scores were very good — in the 800s — but she has since had a run-in with a department store card that she fears may have had a negative impact on her credit. So… Read More

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