What Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You on a Home?

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What Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You on a Home?

What Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You on a Home?

You’ve heard mortgage professionals and personal finance experts practically harp on you to check your credit well in advance of getting a mortgage and you may or may not have taken their advice. But what if you knew that better credit could save you enough to pay for your kid’s college education — or even… Read More

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

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4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

You see them at every grocery or drugstore checkout line — brightly colored Peeps calling to you from the display. Does anybody ever go to the store with Peeps on the list? Certainly nowhere near as many people as those who come home having purchased them. They’re not unlike payday loans — stay with me… Read More

Why Are Credit Scores So Confusing?

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Why Are Credit Scores So Confusing?

Why Are Credit Scores So Confusing?

If credit scores confuse you, you’re hardly the only one to feel that way. Even many lenders think they’re hard for consumers to understand. VantageScore Solutions, a credit scoring company created by the three major credit reporting agencies, recently surveyed more than 200 lenders about a credit score part that often confuses consumers: reason codes…. Read More

Who Is Fair Isaac?

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Who Is Fair Isaac?

Who Is Fair Isaac?

FICO is one of the best known names in the credit industry — it’s practically synonymous with credit scoring, despite the existence of hundreds of other scoring models. The first general-purpose credit score (Beacon at Equifax) came from FICO in 1989, effectively transforming the consumer lending landscape to heavily incorporate predictive analytics. Anyone who has… Read More

Are You Too Young to Build Credit?

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Are You Too Young to Build Credit?

Are You Too Young to Build Credit?

Should high school seniors get a credit card to build credit? For these young adults and their parents, the question isn’t academic. They face this question as soon as they turn 18. The benefits of building good credit are numerous; lower interest rates when you borrow and lower insurance premiums are just two of them…. Read More

What Is the Worst Credit Score?

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What Is the Worst Credit Score?

What Is the Worst Credit Score?

You want a great credit score?  First you need to know what you’re working with. Even if you know the number of your score, you won’t know if it’s good or bad until you know the range used by the scoring model. If you have poor credit, you may be dealing with a score in… Read More

The 5 Dumbest Credit Moves

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The 5 Dumbest Credit Moves

The 5 Dumbest Credit Moves

Several years ago, I watched in amazement when the CEO of a major identity theft protection firm, appeared in a series of commercials waving his Social Security card in the air, parading his Social Security number on a billboard through heavily populated urban areas and screaming his SSN through a bullhorn as a challenge to… Read More

Where Did Credit Scores Come From?

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Where Did Credit Scores Come From?

Where Did Credit Scores Come From?

If you’ve ever applied for a credit card or loan, you’re probably aware that your credit score was used in the application review process. But that wasn’t always the case. Lenders started using credit scores for consumer loan products in the 1980s, but the roots of credit scoring came decades earlier. In 1941, the National… Read More

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