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How to put a credit freeze in place for your child
How to put a credit freeze in place for your child Money & Credit October 4, 2017
Are you worried that your child may be a victim of identity theft due to the Equifax data breach? Here's…
You may need to unfreeze your credit to apply for student loans
You may need to unfreeze your credit to apply for student loans Credit Reports & Scores October 2, 2017
In the wake of the Equifax breach, money expert Clark Howard has warned people they really need to freeze their…
Freezing your credit: Use this sample letter to request by mail
Freezing your credit: Use this sample letter to request by mail Money & Credit September 13, 2017
For all the latest news and advice on the Equifax data breach — including how to protect yourself — visit…
How to dispute an error on your credit report and win
How to dispute an error on your credit report and win Money & Credit August 18, 2017
If your credit report contains errors, you owe it to yourself to clean it up. While it can be somewhat…
Bad medical debt hurting your credit? Here are 3 ways to attack it
Bad medical debt hurting your credit? Here are 3 ways to attack it Money & Credit August 14, 2017
Medical debt is damaging the credit of around 43 million people, according to the latest figures available. You would expect…
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Good news: These 2 pieces of negative info will no longer harm your credit score Credit Reports & Scores June 26, 2017
The way your credit score is calculated is about to undergo a change that is likely to help a lot…
12 surprising things that could be wrecking your credit score
12 surprising things that could be wrecking your credit score Money & Credit February 5, 2017
The next time you check your FICO score, you might discover it has taken a tumble because of a seemingly small mishap on your…
How can you get an interest rate lowered or late fees waived? Just ask!
How can you get an interest rate lowered or late fees waived? Just ask! Money & Credit January 19, 2017
Ask and you shall receive! Well, it may not work every time, but it works a lot more than you…
5 extremely easy credit resolutions for 2017
5 extremely easy credit resolutions for 2017 Money & Credit January 9, 2017
I used to think that New Year’s resolutions were a waste of time. Okay, I’ll admit that this is partly…
Credit bureaus fined over deceptive credit score marketing practices
Credit bureaus fined over deceptive credit score marketing practices Money & Credit January 4, 2017
If you've ever felt like you've gotten a raw deal from the major credit bureaus, you could have some money…
How much does your credit score matter as a new business owner?
How much does your credit score matter as a new business owner? Business & Entrepreneurs November 23, 2016
When prospective entrepreneurs ask me what they can do before they start their business to increase their chances of success,…
How to dispute mistakes on your credit report
How to dispute mistakes on your credit report Money & Credit November 18, 2016
What you don’t know about your credit report can really hurt you. It could mean denial of job offers, higher…
Credit card balances hurting your credit score? Here are 3 quick fixes
Credit card balances hurting your credit score? Here are 3 quick fixes Money & Credit November 5, 2016
Nothing can be more frustrating than checking your credit scores and discovering they aren’t as strong as you think they…
11 bad habits that are wrecking your credit
11 bad habits that are wrecking your credit Money & Credit October 19, 2016
Let’s face it, none of us is perfect — especially when it comes to money. But there may be some…
Best ways to improve your credit score
Best ways to improve your credit score Money & Credit October 8, 2016
Your credit score is a number that represents how well you’ve managed all of your financial obligations (your bills, accounts…
Best ways to improve your credit score
Best ways to improve your credit score Money & Credit September 30, 2016
Let’s do a quick overview of credit scores, and then we’ll get into what you can do to improve it!…
Why you need to check your credit reports
Why you need to check your credit reports Money & Credit September 29, 2016
Most people don’t really understand the topic of credit. It’s complicated — and unless you studied finance, you probably never…
5 crazy credit score myths
5 crazy credit score myths Money & Credit September 9, 2016
There aren’t a lot of absolutes in this life. Death and taxes are usually the two things listed among life’s…
A new option for free credit monitoring
A new option for free credit monitoring Money & Credit August 29, 2016
Whether it’s by an internal employee or an outside hacker, it’s usually just a matter of time before one of…
1 in 5 customers are carrying the wrong credit card: Here’s how to choose a better one
1 in 5 customers are carrying the wrong credit card: Here’s how to choose a better one Money & Credit August 24, 2016
Maybe you’re paying for an airline miles card, but not flying, or your credit card interest rate is too high,…
How to deal with a collection account that just won’t go away
How to deal with a collection account that just won’t go away Credit August 23, 2016
You didn’t pay a bill because you were unemployed. You moved and never received a medical bill because your mail…
Will my credit score go down if I apply for a new credit card?
Will my credit score go down if I apply for a new credit card? Money & Credit August 22, 2016
There are lots of good reasons to want acredit card. They offer better fraud protections than other payment methods, provide…
How soon can late payments be sent to a debt collector?
How soon can late payments be sent to a debt collector? Money & Credit August 15, 2016
One of the worst things you can do to your credit is miss a bill payment, because of all the…
People who regularly check their credit score are still confused: Here’s what you need to know!
People who regularly check their credit score are still confused: Here’s what you need to know! Money & Credit August 9, 2016
Turns out, even regularlychecking your credit scorecan still leave you confused about it. That’s according to TransUnion’s second annual survey,…
Will opening a new account help or hurt my credit score?
Will opening a new account help or hurt my credit score? Money & Credit August 1, 2016
Here’s the dilemma. You’ve checked your free credit scores and found out that yours could be higher if you had…
Bad credit? Here’s what you need to know to get a mortgage
Bad credit? Here’s what you need to know to get a mortgage Money & Credit July 27, 2016
Credit scores play a vital role in your ability to get a home mortgage. First things first: Credit scores are…
8 things you can do to improve your credit score
8 things you can do to improve your credit score Money & Credit July 25, 2016
If you're interested in ways to improve your credit score, then you're probably aware ofhow important it is to have…
The unlikely reason your credit could take a hit if you have the new Costco card
The unlikely reason your credit could take a hit if you have the new Costco card Money & Credit July 18, 2016
Back in June, reports of a bumpy transition emerged as Costco switched away from American Express and to Citi for…
5 things you should never do with your credit card
5 things you should never do with your credit card Money & Credit July 18, 2016
Having a credit card comes with a lot of responsibility — there are a lot of things you have to…
How to track and improve your credit score
How to track and improve your credit score Money & Credit July 15, 2016
Read more: 5 credit card myths that could harm your credit score What Is a Good Credit Score? 5 sneaky…
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