Can Gambling Hurt Your Credit Score?

Credit Score

Can Gambling Hurt Your Credit Score?

Can Gambling Hurt Your Credit Score?

Loans can be pretty tricky to repay when you lose the money you borrowed in the first place. That’s why gambling with borrowed money is generally not a good idea. Still, people do it, and it could hurt more than just your bottom line. Your credit can take a hit if you’re not careful when... Read More

Can I Sue If a Credit Report Error Hurt My Score?

Credit Score

Can I Sue If a Credit Report Error Hurt My Score?

Can I Sue If a Credit Report Error Hurt My Score?

We often encourage readers to get their free annual credit reports, learn to read them, check them for errors and dispute any information that is inaccurate. It sounds so simple. But readers tell us that getting information corrected — or even keeping it corrected — isn’t always easy. Our reader JG found errors, disputed them,... Read More

Is It Time for You to Retire?

Personal Finance

Is It Time for You to Retire?

Is It Time for You to Retire?

Retiring can be a frightening subject. Where is the income going to come from once you pull the plug? How much will you need? How will you spend your days? These are all important questions you have to address. But what if you don’t have the answers? The last thing you want to do is... Read More

A New FICO Credit Score Is On Its Way

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A New FICO Credit Score Is On Its Way

A New FICO Credit Score Is On Its Way

Update: August 18, 2014 Read About The New FICO 9 Scoring Model Here FICO announced Wednesday it would release its latest credit scoring model, called FICO Score 9, this summer. As with all credit scoring formulas, the idea is for this FICO Score 9 to be the best indication of consumers’ creditworthiness. Credit scores are... Read More

The High Cost of Being Sentimental

Personal Finance

The High Cost of Being Sentimental

The High Cost of Being Sentimental

Wasting time recently on a discussion board for rabid sports fans, my eyes stopped on a phrase that shocked me: “endowment effect.” Dropped casually in among the emotional discussion of who’s the best offensive or defensive player was a high-fallutin’ term from economics. I thought it out of place for a moment, but quickly realized... Read More

Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

Identity Theft

Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

Thousands of credit and debit card numbers seem to have been stolen from Sally Beauty Supply, a national beauty-products chain, according to a report from security blogger Brian Krebs. About 282,000 stolen cards went up for sale on an underground crime store March 2, Krebs writes, and a sample of cards bought and analyzed by... Read More

The Top Complaint About Debt Collectors

Managing Debt

The Top Complaint About Debt Collectors

The Top Complaint About Debt Collectors

We’ve all had the experience of answering the phone only to have the “Sorry, I think you have the wrong number” conversation. Maybe there’s some awkward exchange after that, perhaps an apology, and then someone hangs up. The end. Imagine it went differently: What would you do if the caller said, “I don’t care you’re... Read More

HELOCs Made a Comeback in 2013

Mortgages

HELOCs Made a Comeback in 2013

HELOCs Made a Comeback in 2013

Home equity lending surpassed 2009 levels in 2013, with $111 billion in new home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) opened. In the fourth quarter, new lending increased 43% from quarter four 2012, according to data from Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Reports and Experian’s IntelliView tool. For those familiar with the events leading up to the... Read More

Teen Sues Her Parents for College Tuition

Students

Teen Sues Her Parents for College Tuition

Teen Sues Her Parents for College Tuition

An 18-year-old who sued her parents to compel them to pay for her college education and other living expenses was denied her request for emergency funds in a court hearing Tuesday. There will be follow-up hearing April 22 to decide whether her parents will be required to pay college tuition. The teen is living with... Read More

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