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Credit reports: They’re complicated. You can’t really argue with that sentiment: They are long and often unwieldy; there are three major versions of them, and they can affect more facets of your life — like, say, your ability to get certain jobs — than you may think. Fortunately, there are some things that are true, no matter... Read More
When you think about it, credit scores have a lot in common with the SATs: They stress people out, involve tough-to-answer questions and play a huge role in determining whether your applications (albeit for financing) get denied. There’s another notable similarity, too, which you may not know about: When it comes to credit scores, you can’t get a zero. The... Read More
We all know that your credit score is really important, so it’s no surprise that you’d want to increase your credit score whenever possible. First, it’s important to know what your credit score says about you. It’s a measure of your creditworthiness. It’s not a measure of your wealth. It’s not a measure of how... Read More
It’s certainly a daunting prospect: You pull your credit reports only to discover that a history of credit applications for places you’ve never, ever been. Or, worse, accounts you don’t recognize have been opened in your name. One Credit.com commenter appears to be facing a variant of this issue. “My credit report says that I... Read More
Good credit is essential if you hope to borrow money one day for things like a new car or home. But good credit can also be important for smaller things like renting an apartment or even landing a new job. And one of the easiest ways to build the credit necessary for these things is by... Read More
When you don’t have a credit score good enough to get a loan, it’s easy to feel stuck. It takes credit to build credit, after all. Some borrowers turn to friends and family to help. Specifically, they may ask someone in their life to co-sign for them. When someone co-signs for an account on your behalf,... Read More
You’ve probably heard repeatedly that you should be keeping an eye on your credit. After all, the various versions of your credit scores help lenders determine, among other things, the rates they’ll offer you on an auto loan, credit card, mortgage, cell phone plan or insurance policy. Your credit reports can even factor into a company’s application process. But... Read More
You’ve decided to check your credit every month. And, since you’ve been working hard to establish a good credit score, you’re a bit disheartened when you learn that your number appears to have dropped over the last 30 days. Should you also be worried? Not necessarily. Why the Drop? Credit scores are dynamic — they change... Read More
Unless you were born in some remote location and lived off the grid your entire life, it’s not news to you that good credit is needed to function in today’s society. Your credit history is what indicates your trustworthiness to lenders, stores, and even employers and landlords. Bad credit or no credit is a major... Read More
Ever wonder why credit card issuers ask for your income on the card application? You’re not alone. Fortunately, we tapped Eric Lindeen, vice president of marketing for ID Analytics in San Diego, California, which offers credit risk management scores to issuers, to explain why. The Credit CARD Act of 2009 The Credit CARD Act of 2009 requires a consumer’s... Read More
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