Can Alternative Credit Scores Hurt You?

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Can Alternative Credit Scores Hurt You?

Can Alternative Credit Scores Hurt You?

We’ve written quite a bit on alternative credit scores at Credit.com over the years — and on how these non-traditional scores based on things like utility and rent payments can help consumers with “thin” credit files qualify for credit cards and loans. But can the opposite also be true? Can people who have healthy “traditional” credit scores be stymied... Read More

3 Ways Your Credit Score Can Empower You

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3 Ways Your Credit Score Can Empower You

3 Ways Your Credit Score Can Empower You

You already know the importance of keeping down debt and making credit card and bill payments on time. But are you aware of the perks that come with having a good credit score? If not, here’s a helpful primer. 1. Credit Cards With Rewards Rewards credits cards, including those for hotels, cash back and airline miles, are typically issued... Read More

Do You Start With a Credit Score of ‘0’?

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Do You Start With a Credit Score of ‘0’?

Do You Start With a Credit Score of ‘0’?

When you think about it, credit scores have a lot in common with the SATs: They stress people out, involve tough-to-answer questions and play a huge role in determining whether your applications (albeit for financing) get denied. There’s another notable similarity, too, which you may not know about: When it comes to credit scores, you can’t get a zero. The... Read More

How to Build Credit Without Going Into Debt

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How to Build Credit Without Going Into Debt

How to Build Credit Without Going Into Debt

Unless you were born in some remote location and lived off the grid your entire life, it’s not news to you that good credit is needed to function in today’s society. Your credit history is what indicates your trustworthiness to lenders, stores, and even employers and landlords. Bad credit or no credit is a major... Read More

5 Things You Can Finally Do Once Your Credit Improves

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5 Things You Can Finally Do Once Your Credit Improves

5 Things You Can Finally Do Once Your Credit Improves

Where was your credit in the spring of 2008? For many people it was teetering on the edge of solvency, about to plummet into the deep hole known as the Great Recession. By the end of the following year, 2009, mortgage delinquencies would climb to almost 7%, according to data by TransUnion. Credit card late... Read More

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