The Most Misunderstood Part of Your Credit Report

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The Most Misunderstood Part of Your Credit Report

The Most Misunderstood Part of Your Credit Report

If you’ve checked your credit reports or reviewed your credit scores recently, you probably noticed the section of your credit report called “inquiries,” which lists the names of companies that have reviewed your report recently. While most consumers are generally aware that these credit checks can affect their credit scores, they often still find the… Read More

Can a Friend Send a Debt Collector After Me?

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Can a Friend Send a Debt Collector After Me?

Can a Friend Send a Debt Collector After Me?

A reader wrote to us, worried that a former friend of her daughter’s might take her daughter to collections over some manicures that had been done out of friendship — before the relationship soured. Misunderstandings about money between friends are common. Should dinner at the expensive restaurant your wealthy friend suggested have been her treat? (You… Read More

What Happens if I Never Check My Credit Report?

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What Happens if I Never Check My Credit Report?

What Happens if I Never Check My Credit Report?

There’s no good reason to make your life more difficult, but that’s exactly what can happen if you never look at your credit report. Pulling your credit report may not be the most exciting thing on your to-do list, but it’s easy and it’s free. Not to mention that if you never take the time to review… Read More

5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report

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5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report

5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report

Negative information on your credit can be extremely frustrating. You know it’s not good, and you just want it to go away. Before you pull your hair out or spend thousands of dollars trying to repair your credit, you’ll want to understand the ways this kind of information can be removed from your reports. First,… Read More

What Really Happens If I Bounce a Check?

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What Really Happens If I Bounce a Check?

What Really Happens If I Bounce a Check?

Most people know they shouldn’t bounce checks: It can be embarrassing, not to mention expensive, because returned checks or bank account overdrafts often result in fees. That may not seem too bad, but if they’re not dealt with, bad checks can cause you a lot of problems. Bouncing Into Debt Checking accounts and credit usually… Read More

Free Credit Reports: What’s the Catch?

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Free Credit Reports: What’s the Catch?

Free Credit Reports: What’s the Catch?

Consumers are entitled to a free annual credit report from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. AnnualCreditReport.com is the place to go for those reports. A lot of companies offer free credit reports on a trial basis or as part of a paid product, like credit monitoring. Those… Read More

Who Owns Your Credit Data?

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Who Owns Your Credit Data?

Who Owns Your Credit Data?

At this point, we’re used to the idea that companies collect information about us and use it to tailor advertising and all sorts of things we see in our social media feeds. It’s difficult to characterize how much data Internet users generate and how all that information is used, but there’s one thing of which… Read More

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