5 Credit Cards That Have Been Around Forever

Credit Cards

5 Credit Cards That Have Been Around Forever

5 Credit Cards That Have Been Around Forever

Recently, American Express celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Membership Rewards program. And, while 25 years might not seem like a very long time, it’s practically an eternity in the credit card industry, which is constantly offering new products and withdrawing old ones. Some new products are released with great fanfare, only to silently disappear within... Read More

7 TV Characters With Debt Problems

Personal Finance

7 TV Characters With Debt Problems

7 TV Characters With Debt Problems

Many people face debt problems. Whether they’re caused by overspending on credit cards, too much student loan debt or expensive medical procedures, debt problems are so pervasive that they even find their way onto our TV screens. Here are seven television sitcom characters whose debt problems you might just recognize. 1. Joey Tribbiani, Friends Part... Read More

Is There a ‘Best’ Time to Check My Credit?

Credit 101

Is There a ‘Best’ Time to Check My Credit?

Is There a ‘Best’ Time to Check My Credit?

You’ve probably heard repeatedly that you should be keeping an eye on your credit. After all, the various versions of your credit scores help lenders determine, among other things, the rates they’ll offer you on an auto loan, credit card, mortgage, cell phone plan or insurance policy. Your credit reports can even factor into a company’s application process. But... Read More

How Much Can You Borrow With a Personal Loan?

Personal Loans

How Much Can You Borrow With a Personal Loan?

How Much Can You Borrow With a Personal Loan?

So you’ve thought it over, and after crunching the numbers decided you’re ready to get a personal loan. Perhaps you want to consolidate credit card debt or put the money toward home repairs. Whatever it is, a cash injection is just the ticket. But how much can you possibly take out? The answer depends on several factors but is mainly... Read More

5 Universal Truths of Credit Scores

Credit Score

5 Universal Truths of Credit Scores

5 Universal Truths of Credit Scores

Credit scores can admittedly be confusing. There are lot of nuances that wind up making your score yo-yo — sometimes seemingly at random. But you can minimize any brain fog by learning a few fundamentals. Here are five universal truths about credit scores. 1. You Have More Than One Score Credit scores help lenders gauge a borrower’s... Read More

Is Bad Credit Contagious?

Credit Score

Is Bad Credit Contagious?

Is Bad Credit Contagious?

If your credit’s not so hot, it could have something to do with the people you hang around with. Not directly, of course. Credit histories don’t get merged. So, unless you’re co-signing for a loan or, say, taking out a mortgage with someone, your friends can’t exactly affect your credit score. But their attitudes toward money could be... Read More

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