Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debt?

Managing Debt

Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debt?

Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debt?

A reader, Susan, wondered if revised laws mean that bankruptcy no longer wipes out debt, and instead requires that debts be repaid. She wrote: You have to reorganize and pay what you owe, not wipe them out. Am I correct? Just asking. Glad you asked — it can be confusing, because it depends on what… Read More

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

Managing Debt

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

You see them at every grocery or drugstore checkout line — brightly colored Peeps calling to you from the display. Does anybody ever go to the store with Peeps on the list? Certainly nowhere near as many people as those who come home having purchased them. They’re not unlike payday loans — stay with me… Read More

How Should I Use My Bonus?

Personal Finance

How Should I Use My Bonus?

How Should I Use My Bonus?

Many companies are bringing back the bonus. If you are lucky enough to work for one of these companies, there are some ways you can maximize this extra money coming in. Don’t let the money disappear on you. 1. Assess the Situation Before you start treating everyone at the bar to drinks, take a step… Read More

Why Are Credit Scores So Confusing?

Credit Score

Why Are Credit Scores So Confusing?

Why Are Credit Scores So Confusing?

If credit scores confuse you, you’re hardly the only one to feel that way. Even many lenders think they’re hard for consumers to understand. VantageScore Solutions, a credit scoring company created by the three major credit reporting agencies, recently surveyed more than 200 lenders about a credit score part that often confuses consumers: reason codes…. Read More

Who Is Fair Isaac?

Credit Score

Who Is Fair Isaac?

Who Is Fair Isaac?

FICO is one of the best known names in the credit industry — it’s practically synonymous with credit scoring, despite the existence of hundreds of other scoring models. The first general-purpose credit score (Beacon at Equifax) came from FICO in 1989, effectively transforming the consumer lending landscape to heavily incorporate predictive analytics. Anyone who has… Read More

What Credit Cards Should I Avoid?

Credit Score

What Credit Cards Should I Avoid?

What Credit Cards Should I Avoid?

Between television commercials, and advertisements on the Internet and in your mailbox, there is no shortage of information about credit cards. But when it comes to determining which one you should get, a pretty good place to start, when sorting through the hundreds of cards on the market, is to eliminate those you should avoid…. Read More

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