Credit.com in the News 3/9/12

Personal Finance

Credit.com in the News 3/9/12

Credit.com in the News 3/9/12

This week the experts from Credit.com contributed to a wide range of publications on subjects including taxes, identity theft, credit scores, business credit cards and more. Check out the hits… Adam Levin collaborated with Cameron Huddleston from Kiplinger to identify 5 Ways to Guard Against Tax Fraud @CHLebedinsky @kiplinger Sandra Block from USA Today spoke… Read More

Fed: Consumers Borrowed Lots More in January

Managing Debt

Fed: Consumers Borrowed Lots More in January

Fed: Consumers Borrowed Lots More in January

Americans took on lots of debt in January, a possible indication that consumers are feeling better about the economy and are starting to spend more freely, according to a report published this week by the Federal Reserve. [Free Credit Calculator: Use Credit.com’s Credit Report Card.] The total value of debt and loans extended to consumers… Read More

Will Taking The In-Store Financing Discount Hurt Me?

Credit Cards

Will Taking The In-Store Financing Discount Hurt Me?

Will Taking The In-Store Financing Discount Hurt Me?

If you have recently visited a specialty retailer to purchase a bigger ticket item (appliances, computer, television, etc.) they usually ask you if you are interested opening in-store credit to finance the purchase.  In many cases, they will promote favorable benefits of this financing option such as “90 days no interest” or “No payment due… Read More

Discover: Consumers Feeling Better, But Still Not Great

Personal Finance

Discover: Consumers Feeling Better, But Still Not Great

Discover: Consumers Feeling Better, But Still Not Great

Consumer confidence in the future of the economy rose in February to its highest level since 2007, according to survey results released this week by Discover Financial Services. The company’s U.S. Spending Monitor gauges the spending intentions and overall confidence in the economy by polling over 8,000 people each month. The survey’s index rose to… Read More

When to Say No To a Mortgage Modification

Mortgages

When to Say No To a Mortgage Modification

When to Say No To a Mortgage Modification

You read the headline right. As shocking as it may sound, sometimes it may in fact make sense to say no to a mortgage modification, even when your house in underwater. As you may have heard, some of the nation’s biggest lenders will be offering loan modifications to their customers, and some of those deals… Read More

Even With Good Credit, Getting A Mortgage Can Be A Struggle

Mortgages

Even With Good Credit, Getting A Mortgage Can Be A Struggle

Even With Good Credit, Getting A Mortgage Can Be A Struggle

Recent testimony from the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board highlights a serious problem that may be hindering the country’s economic recovery: in some cases, creditworthy consumers who want to enter the housing market are finding it hard. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, making his twice-yearly testimony before Congress, said that tight mortgage standards are hampering… Read More

American Express Charge Cards for Canadian Residents

Credit Cards

American Express Charge Cards for Canadian Residents

American Express Charge Cards for Canadian Residents

If you’re a resident of Canada, and you don’t need to carry a balance, you might want to take a look at these charge cards. I’ve listed a few highlights of the American Express Gold Rewards Card, which is for consumers, and the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express, which is a business card…. Read More

4 Medical Bill Myths That Can Cost You Dearly

Managing Debt

4 Medical Bill Myths That Can Cost You Dearly

4 Medical Bill Myths That Can Cost You Dearly

If you want to keep your credit rating strong, you might want to stay away from a hospital or other medical facility. Even if you have good insurance or can pay for any illnesses or emergencies that arise, you could wind up with a collection account on your credit reports, and your credit scores could… Read More

Debt Diva: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

Managing Debt

Debt Diva: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

Debt Diva: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

People are funny. I have been working on a bare bones budget so I can eliminate my car payment and my mortgage in the next couple of years. This week, I adjusted my budget for gasoline prices. My car was purchased new in June 2009 and has less than 20,000 miles today. Gas prices are… Read More

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