5 Things Good Credit Can Get You

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5 Things Good Credit Can Get You

5 Things Good Credit Can Get You

Need a good reason to get serious about reviewing, maintaining or rebuilding your credit score? We can give you five of them. These are all important things a great credit score may get you: 1. Great Rates You don’t need someone to tell you that your credit score will be a key factor in determining… Read More

How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Hurt By Medical Debt

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How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Hurt By Medical Debt

How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Hurt By Medical Debt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new report today that sheds some light on the tricky world of medical debt collections. This new report found that 43 million consumers have medical collections on their credit reports, and more than half of the collection accounts on credit reports are medical in nature. It notes that… Read More

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

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Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Wealth is pretty subjective: Average wage-earners can go through life debt-free and have money to spare upon retirement, while millionaires have been known to mismanage their finances and end up bankrupt. The figures on your paycheck carry you only so far, because business partners, employers and lenders won’t care how much money you make if… Read More

FICO vs. FAKO: What’s Your Real Credit Score?

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FICO vs. FAKO: What’s Your Real Credit Score?

FICO vs. FAKO: What’s Your Real Credit Score?

There are a lot of different credit scores out there, and this has naturally led some consumers to ask: Which scores should I pay attention to, and what’s my real credit score? People gravitate to the well-known FICO score, by all accounts the market leader in credit scores (meaning more banks use FICO scores than other scores). In… Read More

Which Credit Score Should I Pay Attention to?

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Which Credit Score Should I Pay Attention to?

Which Credit Score Should I Pay Attention to?

There is no one credit score. There are many. The one that matters the most is the credit score that a lender looks at when considering your loan or credit card application. So how do you make sense of all of the credit scores out there? Most lenders use FICO scores or VantageScores when evaluating… Read More

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

My Credit Score Makes No Sense

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My Credit Score Makes No Sense

My Credit Score Makes No Sense

Having trouble understanding your credit score? Here’s how to make sense of that three-digit number lenders use to decide how creditworthy you are. Your credit score is determined by five key factors, all of which come from information in your credit report (you can see your credit reports for free, every year, from all three credit… Read More

The Cities With the Lowest Credit Scores

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The Cities With the Lowest Credit Scores

The Cities With the Lowest Credit Scores

The average U.S. consumer credit score increased 2 points from 2013, according to Experian’s Fifth Annual State of Credit study. Americans have an average 666 VantageScore 3.0, up from 664 last year, on a scale of 300 to 850. That’s generally considered fair credit. With this increase in score came an increase in consumer debt,… Read More

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