No Credit Score? You Still May Have Decent Credit

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No Credit Score? You Still May Have Decent Credit

No Credit Score? You Still May Have Decent Credit

Tens of millions of Americans don’t have credit scores, meaning they have little or no access to things like credit cards, auto loans, personal loans and mortgages. People with poor credit are similarly limited, and there’s a good reason for that: Without a good credit history, you’ll have a hard time finding someone who will… 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

6 Recurring Expenses That Don’t Help Your Credit Score

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6 Recurring Expenses That Don’t Help Your Credit Score

6 Recurring Expenses That Don’t Help Your Credit Score

Isn’t it ironic how you can have an excellent payment history but poor credit? Your credit score is one of the most prized possessions in your financial profile, and a low score can be very detrimental to your financial well-being when you need to borrow money. It doesn’t help when you desperately want to improve your score, but are in… Read More

A Roadmap to Better Credit Scores

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A Roadmap to Better Credit Scores

A Roadmap to Better Credit Scores

I’m often asked about the best ways to improve a consumer’s credit scores. Is it by paying bills on time or is it better to pay off credit card debt? Or, is it by avoiding any new, unnecessary credit?  The answer, of course, is that all of those factors are important to achieving and maintaining… Read More

What Really Influences Your Credit Score?

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What Really Influences Your Credit Score?

What Really Influences Your Credit Score?

It seems like a very straightforward question that deserves an equally straightforward answer, but the biggest credit-scoring question consumers want answered is anything but simplistic. Consumers want to know, of course, “What influences my credit score?” The short answer is: Your credit behaviors reflected in your credit files at the three largest credit reporting companies… Read More

The Ultimate Guide to the New VantageScore

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The Ultimate Guide to the New VantageScore

The Ultimate Guide to the New VantageScore

When looking for your credit scores, you may have seen VantageScore and wondered what it is, and if it’s different from other scores. Actually, there are some key differences in the VantageScore, and it’s helpful to you, the consumer, to know what they are, as well as what the score means in general for you…. Read More

Is VantageScore’s New Score Range Good for Consumers?

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Is VantageScore’s New Score Range Good for Consumers?

Is VantageScore’s New Score Range Good for Consumers?

Last week, VantageScore, the 7-year-old credit scoring company owned by the three major nationwide consumer credit reporting agencies (CRAs) — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — took a big step in the direction of making credit scores easier for consumers to understand, as it abandoned the score range of 501-990 it has used since inception. With… Read More

3 Big Changes Coming to Credit Scores

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3 Big Changes Coming to Credit Scores

3 Big Changes Coming to Credit Scores

Consumers want credit scores that are fair. Lenders want to know that the credit scores they use do a good job of predicting whether people will pay their bills on time. And those two goals sometimes seem to be at odds, at least judging from comments we hear from consumers about their scores. Consider these… Read More

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