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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.

How to Give Your Kid a Good Credit Score

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How to Give Your Kid a Good Credit Score

How to Give Your Kid a Good Credit Score

Someday, your kid’s credit score will be his or hers alone. But in the meantime, if you want to give her a running start, there are things you can do to make sure those all-important digits start high, so your kid will work to maintain the scores rather than to build credit from scratch, which… Read More

Can I Sue If a Credit Report Error Hurt My Score?

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Can I Sue If a Credit Report Error Hurt My Score?

Can I Sue If a Credit Report Error Hurt My Score?

We often encourage readers to get their free annual credit reports, learn to read them, check them for errors and dispute any information that is inaccurate. It sounds so simple. But readers tell us that getting information corrected — or even keeping it corrected — isn’t always easy. Our reader JG found errors, disputed them,… Read More

How Much Money Can My Business Borrow?

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How Much Money Can My Business Borrow?

How Much Money Can My Business Borrow?

Perhaps your small business is growing and you want to invest in new equipment, marketing or a renovation. Or maybe your business has hit a rough patch and you believe that with the right investment you can turn things around. Either way, you’re looking for financing. And while getting a loan – any loan –… Read More

What Is the Best Credit Bureau?

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What Is the Best Credit Bureau?

What Is the Best Credit Bureau?

Which is the best credit bureau? The most accurate? The best one if you want to check your credit report? These are all questions that are on people’s minds as they try to check their credit, and perhaps improve it. The three largest national consumer reporting agencies (NCRAs) that compile and sell comprehensive credit reports… Read More

Is Your Kid’s Credit Score Higher Than Yours?

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Is Your Kid’s Credit Score Higher Than Yours?

Is Your Kid’s Credit Score Higher Than Yours?

Let’s imagine you’ve done what you can to teach your college student about responsibly using credit — and have tried to help that young adult work toward good credit scores. And it has worked — she behaved responsibly as an authorized user on your credit card. Good habits, instilled early, can pay big dividends later…. Read More

Is This a Major Flaw in Mobile Banking?

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Is This a Major Flaw in Mobile Banking?

Is This a Major Flaw in Mobile Banking?

No time to get to the bank to deposit a check? No problem. Many banks and credit unions let customers save a trip by snapping a picture or scanning an image of the check and transmitting that to them online or on their smartphone. It’s very convenient. But is it safe? If all it takes… Read More

The Little-Known Form for Avoiding a Big Tax Bill

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The Little-Known Form for Avoiding a Big Tax Bill

The Little-Known Form for Avoiding a Big Tax Bill

An estimated 5.75 million forms reporting “cancellation of indebtedness income” have been sent to taxpayers this year. But how many of these 1099-C forms are correct? Given the complaints we’ve received on our blog, we suspect the number of mistakes is significant. Here are just a few examples of some of the mistakes our readers… Read More

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