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Credit Reports and Scores

Is a Credit Card a Must for College Students?

By Drew Kessler The CARD Act requires a person less than 21 years of age to either document their ability to repay the debt, or have a co-signer before being granted credit. The new law will also regulate aggressive credit card marketing to college students. In years past, issuers enticed students to apply for cards by making offers of free t-shirts, beach balls, or even chances for an iPod. Some …Read More

Tips for Your Credit Smart Team

By Drew Kessler What could be scarier than your teen driving for the first time? A teenager with a credit card! As vulnerable teens increasingly obtain credit cards without really knowing how to responsibly use them, the NFCC recommends parents take action now to show teens the value of a good credit history and smart credit tips. Consider starting your teen off with a credit card tied to your account. Not …Read More

Your Credit Score: Updates You Should Know

By Jason Alderman With a new version of the leading FICO credit score working its way through the lending industry, borrowers who have wrestled with medical debt and others who have only a limited credit history might find their scores have improved when they apply for future credit cards or auto loans. FICO Score 9 was rolled out last fall by the three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and …Read More

5 Reasons to Check Your Credit Report Today

By Lindsay Konsko Between paying bills, monitoring investments, and watching over the monthly budget it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by money-related responsibilities. This leads many of us to push off until tomorrow certain financial tasks we should be doing today. For example, a lot of folks don’t feel any urgency to check their credit reports. But there are some situations where it just can’t wait. Here are five signs you should …Read More

Majority in Survey Ignore Credit Reports, Scores

By Cliff Goldstein If you haven’t checked your credit reports or credit scores in the past 12 months, you’re in the same boat as most people, according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling’s 2015 Financial Literacy Survey, sponsored by NerdWallet. In the study, which included more than 2,000 U.S. adults, two-thirds of respondents said they hadn’t ordered copies of their credit reports in the past 12 months. That includes 69% of women …Read More

Dealing With Negative Credit Report Information

By Lauralynn  Schueckler Federal law specifies how long negative information may remain on your credit report. To prevent you from being penalized for past credit mistakes forever, the Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates that negative information, so it can only be reported for seven, ten, or fifteen years at the most. This includes bankruptcies, late payments, accounts that a creditor turned over to a collection agency, tax liens, and judgments …Read More

Americans Not Paying Bills on Time — and Why That’s Bad

By Erin El Issa Paying your bills on time can save you money. You’ll avoid late payment fees and penalty interest rates, and also maintain or build good credit, which can help you get approved for favorable loan terms. Yet, many Americans — especially those in their 20s and early 30s — struggle to get their bills paid on time, according to a recent study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Here’s …Read More

How to Improve Your Credit Score

By Mark Foster I am often asked how someone can improve his or her credit. Credit can impact many things, including: Employment, down payments, interest rates, utility deposits, and even car insurance. Improving your credit can help you get that job or house you wanted, not to mention possibly saving you thousands of dollars in interest on loans. There’s a lot of information floating around out there and not all …Read More

What Happens If I’m Denied Credit?

By John Ulzheimer “John, I applied for a credit card about 3 weeks ago. Today I received a letter from the credit card company telling me that my request for credit has been denied. The letter also included my credit score, which was a 598. Why did I receive this letter?” What you received was a letter formally referred to as a notice of adverse action. In plain English, that’s a …Read More

Consumer Reporting Agencies Follow Your Moves

By Jason Alderman By now, you’ve probably heard about the Big Three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), which monitor your financial history and issue credit reports and credit scores to potential lenders. But did you know that there are dozens of other specialty consumer reporting agencies that track your history for activities that may not appear on your regular credit reports – things like bounced checks, late utility payments, …Read More