6 Things Your Car Insurer Doesn’t Want You to Know

Auto Loans

6 Things Your Car Insurer Doesn’t Want You to Know

6 Things Your Car Insurer Doesn’t Want You to Know

Car insurance is something of an opaque industry. We know we have to pay the bill every month; we just have no clue how the carrier arrived at that rate. Everyone criticizes the cable company for hidden fees, but at least they’re on the bill. The hidden fees on your car insurance bill remain hidden… Read More

Credit Card Charge-Offs See April Bump

Credit Cards

Credit Card Charge-Offs See April Bump

Credit Card Charge-Offs See April Bump

The nation’s largest credit card lenders saw a notable increase in the rate at which seriously delinquent accounts had to be written off as uncollectible during the month of April, but this was driven largely by problematic accounts at one financial institution in particular. The number of charged off credit card accounts — those 90… Read More

4 Small Business Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fees

Credit Cards

4 Small Business Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fees

4 Small Business Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fees

In honor of National Small Business Week, I’ve selected four business credit cards that offer some really good rewards. And since these cards don’t have annual fees, you get to keep all the rewards you earn. Now, that’s a pretty sweet deal. Just a quick reminder before we dive in: Business credit cards are not… Read More

10 Mistakes New Homebuyers Make

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10 Mistakes New Homebuyers Make

10 Mistakes New Homebuyers Make

(Image: Andrew Michaels, via Flickr) With mortgage rates continually hitting new lows and many real estate forecasters predicting a housing bottom at the end of the year, many renters are getting the urge to buy. That leaves a housing market full of inexperienced, but interested buyers who need a little more help and guidance in… Read More

More Discover Store-Branded Credit Cards on the Way

Credit Cards

More Discover Store-Branded Credit Cards on the Way

More Discover Store-Branded Credit Cards on the Way

These days, many consumers who shop at major retail chains may find themselves receiving offers for store-branded credit cards that will give them a discount on their purchase, and now, one of the nation’s top lenders is looking to increase its control over accounts of this type. The chief financial officer for Discover Financial Services… Read More

770 to 670 – Rebuilding a Credit Score After Divorce

Credit Score

770 to 670 – Rebuilding a Credit Score After Divorce

770 to 670 – Rebuilding a Credit Score After Divorce

Probably one of the last things on many people’s minds while going through a divorce is their credit score.  Unfortunately, a divorce can have an impact on one’s credit in certain situations. So what can you do if your credit score takes a hit after divorce?  A reader wrote in with this question: I had… Read More

The Chilling Truth About ‘Icing’ Your Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The Chilling Truth About ‘Icing’ Your Credit Cards

The Chilling Truth About ‘Icing’ Your Credit Cards

Millions of consumers are now more wary of taking on credit card debt, or even using their accounts, as a result of the financial strains many faced during the recent recession, often through no fault of their own. One strategy that many consumers now employ to help them avoid taking on large amounts of credit… Read More

The Best Store Credit Card: The One You Use Correctly

Credit Cards

The Best Store Credit Card: The One You Use Correctly

The Best Store Credit Card: The One You Use Correctly

When people ask me about store credit cards, I usually say there are better choices for a credit card. The reason? High interest rates. The May 2012 issue of Consumer Reports Money Advisor compared 15 store credit cards and also concluded that the downside is the high interest rates. But as with everything in life,… Read More

Consumers Are Getting Smarter About Credit Scores

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Consumers Are Getting Smarter About Credit Scores

Consumers Are Getting Smarter About Credit Scores

These days, many consumers are becoming more conscious about the role their credit scores play in their everyday lives, but at the same time, they may not know exactly what goes into it, and what they can do to improve it. About 42 percent of consumers have checked their credit scores in the past 12… Read More

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