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FICO vs. VantageScore: 5 Differences You Should Understand

FICO vs. VantageScore: 5 Differences You Should Understand

FICO vs. VantageScore: 5 Differences You Should Understand

When you think credit score, you probably think FICO. Since the Fair Isaac Corporation introduced its FICO scoring system in 1989, “What is my FICO score?” has become a common question. FICO scores have burrowed their way into all kinds of lending decisions, most notably mortgages, credit cards, and rentals. But over the last decade... Read More

7 Steps to Help You Get Out of Your Rental Lease

7 Steps to Help You Get Out of Your Rental Lease

7 Steps to Help You Get Out of Your Rental Lease

Whether you’re renting an apartment, house, or duplex, your home ought to feel like a safe place—one that’s comfortable and secure. But what happens if something alters that safe space? Can you break your lease? And what happens if you do—is your credit doomed? To help you navigate these troubling waters, we’ll cover common reasons... Read More

10 Steps to Monitor Your Credit

10 Steps to Monitor Your Credit

10 Steps to Monitor Your Credit

Why should you monitor your credit? Well, because bad credit can cost you thousands.   Think about it—the higher your credit score, the lower interest rate you’ll have on loans (home, auto, etc.), and you’ll end up saving thousands of dollars. However, the time to monitor your credit score is now, not a month before... Read More

Fingerhut FreshStart: Could This Program Jump-Start Your Credit?

Fingerhut FreshStart: Could This Program Jump-Start Your Credit?

Fingerhut FreshStart: Could This Program Jump-Start Your Credit?

Are you trying to rebuild your credit? Fingerhut, an online mail-order retailer, says it wants to help you with its FreshStart program. It’s a new twist on the catalog card or magazine offers of yesteryear. The program, which involves a special credit card used to shop from Fingerhut’s online product catalog, is designed for customers... Read More

10 Things to Know about Credit Monitoring

10 Things to Know about Credit Monitoring

10 Things to Know about Credit Monitoring

The personal information of 143 million people was compromised in the recent Equifax data breach, and since then it seems like everyone and their dog is talking about protecting themselves with credit monitoring. If only it were that simple.   Credit monitoring services, like any service, have their pros and cons. Before you enroll in... Read More

What Happens When You Submit a Credit Report Dispute

What Happens When You Submit a Credit Report Dispute

What Happens When You Submit a Credit Report Dispute

Finding a mistake on your credit report can be frustrating. Unfortunately, according to a Credit.com survey of credit report awareness, one in five consumers (21%) who have seen their credit reports say they found inaccurate information on their reports. Not only is that a lot of frustration, but the error may also have a negative... Read More

How Long Does Negative Info Stay on Your Credit Report

How Long Does Negative Info Stay on Your Credit Report

How Long Does Negative Info Stay on Your Credit Report

Your credit report offers valuable insight into your financial history and affects most of your financial future: everything from whether you get approved for a mortgage or other loan to what your credit card interest rate will be. Negative information on your credit report can be detrimental for years, but it’s not always clear how... Read More

How Your Credit Affects Your Car Insurance—and What You Can Do about It

How Your Credit Affects Your Car Insurance—and What You Can Do about It

How Your Credit Affects Your Car Insurance—and What You Can Do about It

Insurance is not a one-size-fits-all product. If you’ve ever talked to an insurance agent or requested a quote online, you know you have to answer a bunch of questions before you receive your quote. This is because insurance is all about risk, and insurance companies use your answers to determine how likely you are to... Read More

10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Credit Score

10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Credit Score

10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Credit Score

Many people know that having a good credit score is integral to making some of life’s biggest purchases. Without one, it’s challenging to qualify for a loan to buy a house or a car someday. However, even though credit scores are really important, they’re also a bit of a mystery. Not a lot of people... Read More

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The Credit.com editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

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Credit.com’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, Credit.com maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, Credit.com will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

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