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5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

“I DON’T CARE what my ‘credit score’ is,” one of our readers wrote in a recent comment on the Credit.com blog. “I am debt free except for my house. I use credit cards for everything possible and pay them off in full every month.” Is good credit really that important? Some people obviously don’t think… Read More

Another Major Bank Is Offering Free Credit Scores

Another Major Bank Is Offering Free Credit Scores

Another Major Bank Is Offering Free Credit Scores

Citi is the latest financial institution to give customers free credit scores through the FICO Open Access program, FICO announced, making it the largest participant in the program that will be available to more than 60 million consumers in 2015. Citi hasn’t yet released details on its participation, but in general, an issuer periodically provides a… Read More

Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?

Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?

Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?

Older Americans may seem to have out-saved their need for a good credit score. They may be living comfortably in a paid-for house on a fixed income. They definitely don’t plan to finance any big purchases with credit. And perhaps they’ve heard stories about older people who were using credit to finance everyday purchases and they… Read More

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

Your credit score can make a huge difference in your finances, from helping you qualify for loans and low interest rates to accessing utility services and renting the home you want. As much as people want to have good credit scores, there’s a lot of confusion about how they work. The more you know about credit… Read More

Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?

Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?

Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?

Anything you say to LinkedIn can be used against you when you are job hunting. You might have known that already. But you probably didn’t know that LinkedIn has special products specifically aimed at helping hiring managers ask former co-workers about you. LinkedIn’s “Trusted Reference” report, available only to paying premium users, compiles a list… Read More

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

Here’s one of the tricky things about credit scores: They’re about more than credit. Sure, it’s extremely important to make loan payments on time and use credit cards responsibly, but there are plenty of non-credit things that can do serious damage to your scores, potentially making it more difficult to get loans at an affordable… Read More

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

There’s plenty of information out there on what it costs to raise kids, so we know they can lighten your wallet. But they can also flatten your credit. But while paying for kids’ care is part of a parent’s job, letting your credit suffer because of their actions isn’t. Teaching kids about credit is arguably… Read More

A Coding Error Labeled Up to 500K Customers’ Utility Payments As Late

A Coding Error Labeled Up to 500K Customers’ Utility Payments As Late

A Coding Error Labeled Up to 500K Customers’ Utility Payments As Late

Duke Energy may have affected about 500,000 customers’ credit histories when it mislabeled some on-time bill payments as late, the company announced Oct. 7. The North Carolina-based utility provider sent letters about the error to customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, saying it possibly sent incorrect late-payment information to the National Consumer Telecom & Utilities Exchange…. Read More

Wells Fargo Is Now Offering a Free Credit Score

Wells Fargo Is Now Offering a Free Credit Score

Wells Fargo Is Now Offering a Free Credit Score

Wells Fargo customers will have free access to one of their credit scores and credit reports until Nov. 16, in conjunction with the American Bankers Association’s annual campaign “Get Smart About Credit.” It’s the third year of this promotion, according to a news release from Wells Fargo, and it requires customers to visit a local… Read More

How to Avoid the Credit Mistakes 20-Somethings Make

How to Avoid the Credit Mistakes 20-Somethings Make

How to Avoid the Credit Mistakes 20-Somethings Make

The world of credit and finances can be daunting when you’re in your 20s and just setting out on your own. Many of us tend to avoid those areas of our lives that are a bit scary, but keep in mind that your credit and finances are two of the most dangerous areas to ignore…. Read More

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