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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.

Retired and Underwater On My Former Home

Mortgages

Retired and Underwater On My Former Home

Retired and Underwater On My Former Home

Continuing declines in the housing market in some parts of the country have left many homes still “underwater” across America. While these homes may not be physically floating in water, their owners no doubt feel like they are drowning in debt. One reader writes: My first mortgage is paid.  I took out a line of… Read More

Are Americans Getting Smarter About Their Credit?

Credit Score

Are Americans Getting Smarter About Their Credit?

Are Americans Getting Smarter About Their Credit?

If it seems like everyone’s talking about credit scores these days, it’s probably not your imagination. Consumers appear to be getting smarter about credit scores. At least that’s what the results of a survey of 1000 consumers by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and VantageScore Solutions show. Compared to a year ago, a larger percentage… Read More

Can You Be “Sort of” An ID Theft Victim?

Identity Theft

Can You Be “Sort of” An ID Theft Victim?

Can You Be “Sort of” An ID Theft Victim?

What can you do if someone is not exactly using your information to commit identity theft, but has hijacked some of your personal information? Is there such a thing as “sort-of identity theft”—or is that like being “half pregnant?” A reader wrote us with that dilemma: What if someone is intentionally using your phone number… Read More

What’s Really in Your Credit Report?

Credit 101

What’s Really in Your Credit Report?

What’s Really in Your Credit Report?

You probably have it in your head that your credit report is “good” or “bad.” But with credit reports, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The credit report itself is just a compilation of facts about your financial habits and it is, in fact, judgment-free. It’s up to lenders, insurance companies or others… Read More

Will the JOBS Act Help Your Business Raise Money?

Personal Finance

Will the JOBS Act Help Your Business Raise Money?

Will the JOBS Act Help Your Business Raise Money?

The recently enacted JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) is a either terrific boost for small businesses looking to raise money, or an invitation to investor fraud, depending on whom you ask about it. To learn more about the potential upside of this legislation, I interviewed small-business attorney Garrett Sutton. He is a Rich Dad… Read More

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