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Josh Smith

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Josh is the Content Manager at Credit.com. He works with leaders and experts in the credit industry to create educational and timely articles that consumers can use to make more informed decisions.

15 Easy Ways to Prepare for Tax Season

Taxes

15 Easy Ways to Prepare for Tax Season

15 Easy Ways to Prepare for Tax Season

It’s important to give tax preparation its deserved attention — not only to appease the Internal Revenue Service, but, more importantly, to ensure you get the return you deserve. You’re entitled to certain savings during the tax season, but it’s your responsibility to find them. Follow these steps to ease the tax preparation process, and... Read More

15 Key Tax Tips For 2018

Taxes

15 Key Tax Tips For 2018

15 Key Tax Tips For 2018

Tax laws are changing, and many taxpayers might be wondering what that means and how it will affect them. For the tax year 2017, it will be the last time you file under the old set of guidelines. Who knows what the future holds (while this is the largest tax overhaul since the 1980s, each... Read More

15 Reasons to Invest After Retirement

Credit 101

15 Reasons to Invest After Retirement

15 Reasons to Invest After Retirement

The time has finally come: you’re ready to retire. For many, this means living off savings or social security, but in reality, now that you’re unemployed it’s time you started making real money. Investing after retirement is a great way to continue making income, cover expenses in lieu of a regular paycheck, and stay plugged... Read More

Even Financial Expands Partnership with Credit.com

News

Even Financial Expands Partnership with Credit.com

Even Financial Expands Partnership with Credit.com

[DISCLOSURE – This article was originally published by Even Financial] Even’s Technology Now Powering Credit.com’s Personal Loan Marketplace New York, NY – March 14, 2018 – Even Financial, the technology platform powering financial services online, has expanded its strategic partnership with Credit.com, a go-to source for expert information about credit scoring, credit reporting, credit cards and... Read More

Top 15 Questions People are Asking This Tax Season

Taxes

Top 15 Questions People are Asking This Tax Season

Top 15 Questions People are Asking This Tax Season

The tax deadline is around the corner, so it’s natural for questions to arise as people prepare to file. Most of us aren’t tax professionals, so there is a lot of confusion around this time of year. We’re here to help — here are the answers to some of the top questions people ask around... Read More

The 25 Cities with the Most Credit Card Debt

Credit 101

The 25 Cities with the Most Credit Card Debt

The 25 Cities with the Most Credit Card Debt

Credit card debt. It seems to be an inevitable part of life for many Americans. And, recent data suggests that it really is. According to the Federal Reserve, American credit card debt hit a record high in 2017, rising to more than $1 trillion. Many people carrying high balances on their credit cards will notice... Read More

15 Things Credit Experts Want You to Know

Credit 101

15 Things Credit Experts Want You to Know

15 Things Credit Experts Want You to Know

If you’ve ever argued with your credit card company about anything (and a lot of us have), then you probably know there are a great deal of fine print and hoops to jump through when it comes to credit cards. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned, habitual swiper, or you’re brand new to the... Read More

15 Ways to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

Personal Finance

15 Ways to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

15 Ways to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

You’ve heard the saying, “what goes up, must come down.” This is true of interest rates, which means that interest rates must also go back up now that they’ve dropped down. We’re just coming out of a period of historically low interest rates, and the economy is strong. When that happens, the Federal Reserve usually... Read More

15 Tips to Protect Your Credit While Traveling

Credit 101

15 Tips to Protect Your Credit While Traveling

15 Tips to Protect Your Credit While Traveling

Ahh, vacation. You wait all year, or maybe several years, to take a hard-earned trip. Once you do, you want to be able to relax. No matter where, or why, your travels take you away from home, the last thing you should have to worry about is your credit being compromised while you’re gone. But... Read More

15 Budgeting Tips for Building an Emergency Fund

Personal Finance

15 Budgeting Tips for Building an Emergency Fund

15 Budgeting Tips for Building an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is an important asset that you will hopefully never have to use. What some perceive as frivolous expense is really a key part of planning for the future. Any number of unwelcome occurrences could prompt withdrawal from an emergency account — from medical bills to a broken refrigerator. For anyone other than... Read More

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