7 Signs You Have Bad Credit

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7 Signs You Have Bad Credit

7 Signs You Have Bad Credit

Maybe you’re busy. Maybe you’re afraid of what you’ll see. Whatever the case, it can be all too easy to turn a blind eye to your credit report. Fortunately (or, perhaps, unfortunately), certain red flags can let you know that something is really amiss — and that your credit score has entered the danger zone. (Bad... Read More

How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

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How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

Used cars have always appealed to the budget-conscious shoppers because of their low prices, but there’s always been a drawback — used car loans. Until recently, bank loans for used cars were tricky to get, and were much more expensive than new car loans. But that’s changing. With car dealers successfully edging banks out of... Read More

Can a Bill I Never Received Wreck My Homebuying Chances?

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Can a Bill I Never Received Wreck My Homebuying Chances?

Can a Bill I Never Received Wreck My Homebuying Chances?

Imagine getting ready to deploy halfway around the world. You want to be absolutely certain that nothing goes financially haywire while you are away, and so you make sure you take care of business before you go. Your cellphone’s not going to work in Iraq, so you put that account on hold. And now deployment... Read More

What Keeps Some Consumers Stuck in Bad Credit

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What Keeps Some Consumers Stuck in Bad Credit

What Keeps Some Consumers Stuck in Bad Credit

Credit cards and other loans can serve as a lifeline, when making ends meet may seem out of reach during times of financial hardship. Unfortunately, relying too much on these types of loans can actually damage already poor credit, and recent data indicates that this kind of problem could be getting worse. New data from... Read More

Most Americans Have Bad Credit, Study Finds

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Most Americans Have Bad Credit, Study Finds

Most Americans Have Bad Credit, Study Finds

For all the headlines about the improving economy and record-low mortgage rates, most consumers aren’t in a position to benefit from them, according to a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).  The study found that 56% of consumers have subprime credit scores. That means they are unable to take advantage of the best — or... Read More

Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

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Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

It’s been a bad week for debt collectors who employ questionable tactics. The largest buy-here, pay-here car dealer in the nation must pay an $8 million civil penalty after an investigation by federal authorities found it had repeatedly harassed consumers and furnished incorrect information to credit bureaus. DriveTime Automotive Group offers car purchase agreements that... Read More

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