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Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

It sounds like something straight out of the conspiracy theorist’s playbook: a secret system that enslaves average citizens who don’t even know what’s really happening. There are some consumers who believe that’s exactly what credit scores are designed to do: keep consumers enslaved in debt. It’s easy to understand why some people feel this way. Our… Read More

Can You Buy a Good Credit Score?

Can You Buy a Good Credit Score?

Can You Buy a Good Credit Score?

There are some problems money can solve. Plastic surgery may erase some of the damage done by years of bad habits, for example. Hiring a personal trainer to help whip you into shape can be easier than trying to do it yourself. And if you are sick of the problems your car has been giving… Read More

Does Your Credit Score Care Where You Shop?

Does Your Credit Score Care Where You Shop?

Does Your Credit Score Care Where You Shop?

With all the information our actions generate — from websites we visit, places we travel to and things we buy — it’s no wonder why people worry about Big Data affecting their finances. So you may wonder: Does what you buy affect your credit score? Credit reports and credit scores, two major components of your… Read More

Can You Raise Your Credit Score 100 Points in a Month?

Can You Raise Your Credit Score 100 Points in a Month?

Can You Raise Your Credit Score 100 Points in a Month?

Improving your credit score often requires a lot of patience, because a good credit score is built on years of responsible habits. If you’ve made mistakes, they can be challenging to recover from, but it’s a doable goal. Of course, if you want to buy a home, take out a personal loan or get a new credit card,… Read More

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

If you live in a community within a homeowners’ association, you probably have to pay association dues. They can run anywhere from less than $100 a year to more than $1,000 a month, depending on the community. What happens if you don’t pay? Will it ruin your credit rating? It certainly can, as some of… Read More

Can My Credit Keep Me From Getting a Promotion?

Can My Credit Keep Me From Getting a Promotion?

Can My Credit Keep Me From Getting a Promotion?

A reader, Brittney, like many of us, made lots of financial mistakes when she was a young adult, and she has spent the past few years trying to correct them and rebuild her credit. She pulled her credit report (here’s how you can do the same thing, and it’s free) recently and was stunned to… Read More

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Nearly every day we hear from consumers who feel like their credit reports and scores are holding them back. Some have been battling mistakes they are having trouble getting fixed, others feel like they are stuck in credit purgatory because their credit reports still contain negative information from homes they lost or loans they defaulted… Read More

Average FICO Score Hits All-Time High

Average FICO Score Hits All-Time High

Average FICO Score Hits All-Time High

The average FICO score among American consumers hit an all-time high in April at 692, up one point from the same time last year and six points higher than the low point of 686 in October 2009. The credit scoring company has been tracking the average consumer FICO score since October 2005, releasing updated averages every… Read More

The Most Misunderstood Part of Your Credit Report

The Most Misunderstood Part of Your Credit Report

The Most Misunderstood Part of Your Credit Report

If you’ve checked your credit reports or reviewed your credit scores recently, you probably noticed the section of your credit report called “inquiries,” which lists the names of companies that have reviewed your report recently. While most consumers are generally aware that these credit checks can affect their credit scores, they often still find the… Read More

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