How to Get Ready for a Credit Check

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How to Get Ready for a Credit Check

How to Get Ready for a Credit Check

You’ll want to be sure your credit is in the best shape possible before you apply for a car loan, home loan or personal loan. But how do you get ready for a credit check? A lender checks your credit before approving you for a loan and your credit rating also determines what kind of interest… Read More

Are You Afraid to Apply for Credit?

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Are You Afraid to Apply for Credit?

Are You Afraid to Apply for Credit?

About 1 in 5 (19%) people haven’t applied for credit because they were afraid of being turned down, according to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Even more surprising: That number is larger than the group who said they were turned down for credit when they applied (16.4%)! Those two numbers likely indicate consumers… Read More

Help! My Credit Score Disappeared

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Help! My Credit Score Disappeared

Help! My Credit Score Disappeared

Have you lived overseas for a few years? Gotten married and gotten by on your spouse’s credit accounts? Have you cut up your credit cards and just paid with cash or your debit card for a good number of years? If this is you, your credit record may have gone “poof!” and your credit score… Read More

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

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Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

October is a really fun month. The weather is turning, fall is in the air, and, of course, there’s Halloween! But how can consumers make sure that October is full of treats, while not falling for any scammers’ tricks? By arming themselves with the facts and the resources to protect their personally identifiable information. Trick:… Read More

Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?

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Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?

Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?

Older Americans may seem to have out-saved their need for a good credit score. They may be living comfortably in a paid-for house on a fixed income. They definitely don’t plan to finance any big purchases with credit. And perhaps they’ve heard stories about older people who were using credit to finance everyday purchases and they… Read More

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

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7 Costly Credit Score Myths

7 Costly Credit Score Myths

Your credit score can make a huge difference in your finances, from helping you qualify for loans and low interest rates to accessing utility services and renting the home you want. As much as people want to have good credit scores, there’s a lot of confusion about how they work. The more you know about credit… Read More

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

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5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

Here’s one of the tricky things about credit scores: They’re about more than credit. Sure, it’s extremely important to make loan payments on time and use credit cards responsibly, but there are plenty of non-credit things that can do serious damage to your scores, potentially making it more difficult to get loans at an affordable… Read More

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

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5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

There’s plenty of information out there on what it costs to raise kids, so we know they can lighten your wallet. But they can also flatten your credit. But while paying for kids’ care is part of a parent’s job, letting your credit suffer because of their actions isn’t. Teaching kids about credit is arguably… Read More

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