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What Is a Prime vs. Subprime Credit Score?

What Is a Prime vs. Subprime Credit Score?

What Is a Prime vs. Subprime Credit Score?

When it comes to credit, approval is all in the number—the three-digit number that’s your credit score. Most lenders and credit card issuers use this number to determine your risk level as a borrower. In general, credit scores are categorized as bad, poor, fair, good, good or excellent. However, another important designation impacts whether you’ll... Read More

How Do I Maintain and Improve My Credit Score?

How Do I Maintain and Improve My Credit Score?

How Do I Maintain and Improve My Credit Score?

It can take years to get out of debt, especially with personal debt of hovering around $38,000 for the average America, if you don’t count mortgages, reports CNBC.1 Repairing your credit can involve paying back creditors, declaring bankruptcy or just getting control of bad financial habits. It takes time to get to improve your credit score and get the... Read More

Does Opening a CD Affect My Credit Rating?

Does Opening a CD Affect My Credit Rating?

Does Opening a CD Affect My Credit Rating?

You take your money and your credit rating seriously. You probably know a thing or two about credit and how it works too. You may think that the savings of your finances—like your savings account, your certificate of deposit (CD) and your other assets—doesn’t affect your credit. For the most part, you’re right. But, does opening a... Read More

Fair Credit? You Have Credit Card Options

Fair Credit? You Have Credit Card Options

Fair Credit? You Have Credit Card Options

Credit scores. Most of us have them—more than one—and many of us hate them. If you’re like a lot of Americans, your credit score is in the fair zone—from 580 to 699, depending on which scoring model is used, FICO or VantageScore. And that fair credit score can be, well, unfair. It places you the... Read More

What Exactly is “Fair” Credit?

What Exactly is “Fair” Credit?

What Exactly is “Fair” Credit?

A lot is made of the extremes of the credit scoring spectrum. What does it mean to have bad credit? How can you get good credit?

A Bad Union—Closed Accounts and Your Credit Report

A Bad Union—Closed Accounts and Your Credit Report

A Bad Union—Closed Accounts and Your Credit Report

Credit’s a tricky thing. Some things obviously hurt your credit, like a late payment or no payment or maxing out your credit cards. But the effect of some things on your credit isn’t obvious at all and are almost counterintuitive. Those things seem like they should help your credit but can actually hurt. One of... Read More

Life Events That Can Affect Credit: Going to College

Life Events That Can Affect Credit: Going to College

Life Events That Can Affect Credit: Going to College

For many first-time college students, pursing a higher education is a journey that comes with newfound responsibilities. Managing money while simultaneously balancing school, work and social obligations proves difficult for many. When embarking on educational pursuits, don’t forget to keep credit scores at the forefront of financial commitments. There are many ways to go into debt as a student.... Read More

How an Accident Can Affect Your Credit Score

How an Accident Can Affect Your Credit Score

How an Accident Can Affect Your Credit Score

Bad weather in the winter can make driving terrifying. You may see lots of car accidents during snowstorms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 30,000 people die in car accidents every year in the U.S. These car accidents cost about $44 billion in medical care and work loss. And that’s... Read More

6 Ways to Prepare Your Credit Card for the Holidays

6 Ways to Prepare Your Credit Card for the Holidays

6 Ways to Prepare Your Credit Card for the Holidays

The holiday season is around the corner again, and that means everyone is scurrying to buy gifts for loved ones, friends, and even colleagues at the office. And as each year goes by, the hype that comes with the holiday season grows larger and larger, which can make it a stressful experience for even the... Read More

Give Yourself the Gift of a Good Credit Score

Give Yourself the Gift of a Good Credit Score

Give Yourself the Gift of a Good Credit Score

The holidays are just around the corner. You may be thinking of all the people you need to buy gifts for. When most people do their holiday shopping, they don’t always think about how their spending impacts their credit scores. However, A good credit score is important to your financial health and your life. Good... Read More

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