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Find Out Which Bills Affect Your Credit Score

Find Out Which Bills Affect Your Credit Score

Find Out Which Bills Affect Your Credit Score

Here’s the truth about your credit score: what you don’t know can hurt it, and there’s some confusion about exactly what can cause the pain. A 2015 TransUnion survey asked consumers whether they believed a few common bills are regularly reported to the major credit reporting agencies. The data came from a survey of 1,001... Read More

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

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

Thinking of Freezing Your Credit? Learn How and When to Talk to a Credit Bureau

Thinking of Freezing Your Credit? Learn How and When to Talk to a Credit Bureau

Thinking of Freezing Your Credit? Learn How and When to Talk to a Credit Bureau

Calling a credit bureau can be daunting. First, you have to hunt down the credit bureau’s contact information, then you have to make it through the dreaded automated customer service purgatory to reach an actual person—if it’s even possible to get a live person at all. “A lot of people are afraid to call credit... 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

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

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

How Tragedy & Identity Thieves Kept One Woman From a Near-Perfect Credit Score

How Tragedy & Identity Thieves Kept One Woman From a Near-Perfect Credit Score

How Tragedy & Identity Thieves Kept One Woman From a Near-Perfect Credit Score

Identity theft can deal serious damage to your finances. And repairing its effects can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when it comes to repairing the damage to your credit. Just ask New Jersey resident, Erin (who asked us not to use her last name, as she was a victim of identity theft). This, plus credit problems... 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

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