The biggest news this week revolved around a piece on “60 Minutes” about a Federal Trade Commission report on the accuracy of credit reports. Are Mistakes Ruining Your Credit Report? Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education Gerri Detweiler took a look at the FTC report, which found that one in five consumers have errors on their... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about love and money, as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches. Engaged? 5 Things to Do With Your Money Now Valentine’s Day tends to be a major holiday for love birds all around the world to pop the question. The first step toward getting married also warrants some money moves... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about the data being collected about you and what those pesky tax forms actually mean. Your Employer May Share Your Salary, and Equifax Might Sell That Data In an exclusive from Bob Sullivan, it was revealed that credit reporting agency Equifax is selling Americans’ salary and employment information... Read More
[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] The biggest news this week is all about debt — whether it’s using a credit card to transfer... Read More
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Thursday that it has issued new consumer protection rules targeted at one of the industries for which it receives a large number of complaints — mortgage servicers. Mortgage servicers are essentially the face of your mortgage. Their role in the lending process is to collect payments from borrowers on... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new regulations of the mortgage industry. Mixed Reviews on CFPB’s New Mortgage Rules The CFPB announced a slew of new mortgage regulations Thursday that are going to have a major impact on the housing market. Whether they are for the betterment of... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about the pull-back from the fiscal cliff and the debt hangover that may be awaiting many consumers after shopping too much this holiday season. 4 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Debt Hangover You might have been searching for hangover cures a few days ago, but we have some... Read More
With the year coming to a close soon, the biggest credit news this week is about resolutions for positive money management in 2013 and wrapping up the loose ends from 2012. The Single Most Important Advice for Better Credit in 2013 You’re going to see a lot of New Year’s resolutions articles in the next... Read More
You’re making your list and checking it twice, but did you maybe forget to include someone? Like yourself? Full disclosure: The gifts on this list are not necessarily the traditional ones you might think, like a massage or a cheese of the month club membership. Instead, we at Credit.com decided to highlight some of the... Read More
As the new year begins, many new enrollees to Flexible Spending Accounts will be getting their debit cards in the mail — a small piece of plastic that allows them to access their tax-free dollars for health care expenses. But do these cards have any impact on your credit score? Credit scoring expert Barry Paperno... Read More
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