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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

How to Build Credit Without Spending a Ton of Money

How to Build Credit Without Spending a Ton of Money

How to Build Credit Without Spending a Ton of Money

The journey to building credit can be long and difficult, but it doesn’t need to be expensive. A good credit score isn’t about how much money you have but rather how well you manage it. A poor man could have the same credit score as a billionaire — all it takes is a little work. Learn how... Read More

Big Changes Coming to Millions of Credit Reports in a Few Days

Big Changes Coming to Millions of Credit Reports in a Few Days

Big Changes Coming to Millions of Credit Reports in a Few Days

About 6% of people with credit scores could see them rise beginning July 1 when credit reporting agencies will start excluding most civil judgments and about half of all tax lien data from credit reports. As announced in March, the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, will start holding public data to new... Read More

7 Monthly Bills Affected by Your Credit

7 Monthly Bills Affected by Your Credit

7 Monthly Bills Affected by Your Credit

You probably know your monthly bills can impact your credit, as late payments or accounts in collections can land on your credit report and bring down your credit score. But are you aware your credit score can affect the payment amount on a number of your monthly bills? Here are seven monthly bills with payments... Read More

This Dating Site Questions Your Credit to Help You Find Romance

This Dating Site Questions Your Credit to Help You Find Romance

This Dating Site Questions Your Credit to Help You Find Romance

More often than not, dating begins with the exchange of a number. But perhaps it’s the wrong one. Instead of trading digits with someone you’re interested in, maybe the first information you offer up should be your credit score. (You can view two of your scores for free on Credit.com.) It’s certainly a unique spin on... Read More

A New Credit Scoring Model Is On the Way: Here’s What to Expect

A New Credit Scoring Model Is On the Way: Here’s What to Expect

A New Credit Scoring Model Is On the Way: Here’s What to Expect

A new credit scoring model — expected to roll out in fall 2017 — aims to more accurately measure credit risk by using more historical data and machine-learning techniques while culling less reliable information. On Monday, VantageScore Solutions announced the release of the fourth version of its credit scoring model, to be used by the three national... 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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Our Business Model

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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