Can Your Job Hurt Your Credit?

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Can Your Job Hurt Your Credit?

Can Your Job Hurt Your Credit?

There are many ways to wreck your credit that extend beyond bankruptcies, past-due payments and delinquent accounts. Among this list could potentially be your employment situation. Let’s examine some ways in which your job can damage your credit. Work Expenses Do you buy supplies for the office or put work trips on your own tab?... Read More

Kids Denied School Lunch Because of Parents’ Debts

Managing Debt

Kids Denied School Lunch Because of Parents’ Debts

Kids Denied School Lunch Because of Parents’ Debts

Cafeteria workers threw away the lunches of at least 40 Utah schoolchildren Tuesday because they had past-due accounts. According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, employees at Uintah Elementary didn’t see which children owed money until the lunches had already been served, so the students in debt had their food taken and discarded.... Read More

How to Sell Your Junk Online

Personal Finance

How to Sell Your Junk Online

How to Sell Your Junk Online

If you are looking for some extra cash, you may have considered spending less or taking on a second job. Maybe you thought of picking up some freelance work or cooking at home more frequently. But you may have the extra cash already … and just need to declutter in order to access it. Get... Read More

My Mortgage Lender Wrecked My Credit

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My Mortgage Lender Wrecked My Credit

My Mortgage Lender Wrecked My Credit

A reader, Shelly, recently told us she applied for a mortgage while her home was under construction. She had given the lender permission to pull her credit reports, which is routine in such a situation. However, she recently learned that she won’t be eligible for the interest rate she expected — and will have to... Read More

Were You Caught in the Coca-Cola Data Breach?

Identity Theft

Were You Caught in the Coca-Cola Data Breach?

Were You Caught in the Coca-Cola Data Breach?

Coca-Cola Co. announced a data breach Jan. 24, adding another big name to the list of companies dealing with recent security failures. The news may have consumers sighing with exasperation — “Another one?” — but the breach at Coke is different than the attacks confirmed by Target, Adobe and Neiman Marcus: This one went after... Read More

Capital One Offers 100,000 Miles for Your Mortgage

Credit Cards

Capital One Offers 100,000 Miles for Your Mortgage

Capital One Offers 100,000 Miles for Your Mortgage

Would you think to apply for a mortgage with your credit card company? Capital One wants its customers to consider its mortgage products, and is now offering 100,000 miles to current cardholders who purchase a new house or refinance their current home loan with the bank. Customers who hold a credit card that earns Capital One... Read More

Last Year’s Foreclosures Hit Lowest Total Since 2007

Mortgages

Last Year’s Foreclosures Hit Lowest Total Since 2007

Last Year’s Foreclosures Hit Lowest Total Since 2007

In the past year, the national foreclosure rate declined each month by at least 20% from where it had been the year before, according to the CoreLogic Market National Foreclosure Report from December. Additionally, the 12-month sum of completed foreclosures hit its lowest level since 2007. The progress is encouraging — about 837,000 homes in... Read More

Should Banks Be in the Marijuana Business?

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Should Banks Be in the Marijuana Business?

Should Banks Be in the Marijuana Business?

For many people like me, starting your own business is the embodiment of the American dream – you get to be your own boss, build something from the ground up and revel in its success. But for some budding entrepreneurs in several states their small businesses have become big financial nightmares – and not because... Read More

How to Make Your Tax Lien Disappear

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How to Make Your Tax Lien Disappear

How to Make Your Tax Lien Disappear

A tax lien can be one of the worst items to appear on your credit report. It’s considered very negative and can cause your credit scores to drop significantly. Even worse, under federal law, unpaid tax liens can remain on credit reports indefinitely, though in practice credit bureaus may remove them after a decade or... Read More

How to Talk to a Credit Bureau

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How to Talk to a Credit Bureau

How to Talk to a Credit Bureau

Have you received a copy of your credit report, only to find out it contains something you just don’t understand? There may be a simple answer to your question, but you have to ask. And many people don’t realize that one option is to simply pick up the phone and talk with someone at the... Read More

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