Are You Committing These 10 Deadly Credit Card Sins?

Credit Cards

Are You Committing These 10 Deadly Credit Card Sins?

Are You Committing These 10 Deadly Credit Card Sins?

Credit cards are a double-edged sword. They can be beneficial if used wisely, or wreak havoc on your finances and your credit if handled irresponsibly. To help prevent the latter, here are some credit card sins you definitely want to avoid: 1. Ignoring Your Credit Profile When was the last time you accessed your credit profile and... Read More

Debt Collectors’ Jobs Just Got Harder

Managing Debt

Debt Collectors’ Jobs Just Got Harder

Debt Collectors’ Jobs Just Got Harder

A new court ruling may be giving more power to consumers trying to figure out if a debt collector’s phone call means they actually owe that debt. A July 16 ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals elaborated on debt collectors’ obligation to respond to debt-verification requests, requiring collectors to provide details on the... Read More

How Americans Actually Pay for College

Students

How Americans Actually Pay for College

How Americans Actually Pay for College

Undergraduate borrowing hit a five-year low last year, with the typical family taking out $4,610 in combined parent and student education loans to finance the 2013-14 academic term, according to a new report from Sallie Mae. Student borrowing among low-income families dropped significantly, making up only 14% of their funding (as opposed to 22% the... Read More

What’s Your Identity Theft IQ?

Identity Theft

What’s Your Identity Theft IQ?

What’s Your Identity Theft IQ?

The first step when it comes to identity theft is admitting you have a problem. Knowing your ID IQ is a good place to start. You’ve probably seen those red-and-white buttons that warble when swatted, “That was easy!” However, on the battlefield of identity theft awareness, nothing is easy. People know it’s a threat, but... Read More

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

Identity Theft

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

At the Identity Theft Resource Center, we’re seeing an increase in in both frequency and severity of the sweetheart scam. Such scams happen when a criminal poses as a suitor who is romantically interested in the victim. As the online relationship progresses, the swindler begins to financially exploit the victim. In the past, criminals used personal ads and,... Read More

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

Personal Finance

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

Would you agree to pay a 17,000% APR for a loan? Of course not, but many consumers are paying stratospheric rates when they opt into overdraft programs offered by their financial institutions, according to a report released Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I am one of them. A few years ago, I used... Read More

How to Upgrade Your Secured Credit Card

Credit Cards

How to Upgrade Your Secured Credit Card

How to Upgrade Your Secured Credit Card

[[THIS ARTICLE REDIRECTED TO http://www.credit.com/credit-cards/content/how-to-upgrade-your-secured-credit-card/]] When people are struggling to rebuild their credit, a secured card can offer them the opportunity to qualify for a credit card and establish a positive credit history. Unfortunately, secured cards also have several drawbacks compared with standard credit cards. For example, secured cards always require a refundable deposit that is... Read More

Can You Still Get a Good Deal on a Home?

Mortgages

Can You Still Get a Good Deal on a Home?

Can You Still Get a Good Deal on a Home?

The seesawing housing market continues to defy economists and expectations. Pending home sales dipped in June after a string of strong months, catching many by surprise. Mortgage rates are sinking back down near historic lows. Home prices are on the rise, but inventory is still tight in some communities. In short, it’s a tough time... Read More

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