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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

What Things Can Make Your Credit Score Drop

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Your credit score is an important number to keep up with, especially if you have a major loan coming up. For example, if you're planning to buy a house or car in the next few months, your credit score affects whether you're approved for a loan and the terms. Your credit score also impacts whether you have to pay a security deposit when you apply for utilities and similar services. Credit scores go up and down...
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This writing covers well the factors of credit. Would add that there are many schools of thought on closing accounts ranging from ... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:12
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How Long is Debt Valid?

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If you're dealing with multiple debts on your credit report or you're getting calls and letters from debt collectors, you may wonder if the debt is still valid. Debts generally don't "go away" just because they get older. However, older debts do reach a period where they should no longer affect you or your credit. There's a one time limit that a debt can be listed on your credit report and another for the amount of...
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Learned a lot in this Blog! WOW! Reminds me of "tip toeing through the tulips" as you need to be ever so careful! Many legals to w... Read More
Saturday, 10 August 2019 07:00
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Three Things You Should Do When You Suspect Identity Theft

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A suspicious charge on your credit card. Calls from collectors about accounts you didn't know of. Alerts of new inquiries on your credit report. These can all be signs that someone has stolen your identity. Confirming identity theft can take time. But if you think someone may be using your personal information, you want to prevent them from leaving more damage for you to clean up. Here's what you should do if you think your identity...
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5 Credit Card Transactions That Are Just Like a Cash Advance

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Cash advances are one of the most expensive types of credit card transactions. These transactions come with a higher interest rate and a cash advance fee. With most credit cards, you don't get a grace period to pay off the advance and avoid paying a fee. Most people think of a cash advance as using a credit card to get cash from an ATM. Your credit card issuer may treat other types of cash transactions as cash advances....
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The break out of what is a cash advance is useful. Seems it gets lost in the actual terms and conditions lenders include in the or... Read More
Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:18
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6 Things to Know Before You Buy a Car With Bad Credit

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There are plenty of companies that have no reservations about taking advantages of vulnerable consumers - like people buying a car with bad credit. If you're trying to buy a car and you don't have the best credit score, realize that your credit makes you a risky borrower, even if you can afford to purchase the vehicle. Here's what you should know as you're shopping around. You'll have a higher interest rate. The cost of borrowing money is directly...
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This is a reality check. What is real in auto loan refi's.
Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:20
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Storing Your Credit Card for One-Click Payments

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When you make frequent online purchases from the same retailers, you might consider saving your credit card information for one-click payments. This lets you check out quickly and easily without having to enter your payment and billing information each time. Storing your credit card details is certainly convenient, but is it safe? Just having a credit card puts you at risk of credit card fraud. The more places you've stored your credit card information, the greater...
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Thank you for the reminders on important things to consider when storing card info. One thing that I feel as secure as possible is... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 21:28
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In today's hacked world, I am not one to store any credit card info. Never know who will get hacked next. Only enter the card info... Read More
Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:22
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Five Benefits of Becoming Debt-Free

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Paying off a large amount of debt takes a lot of sacrifice. You have to cut back your spending and sometimes get creative about making more money. Even though it can be stressful and frustrating, the benefits of paying off your debt are worth it. You’ll save money in the long run. The longer you carry debt, the more you’ll pay in interest. Paying off your debt faster lets you save thousands of dollars in interest,...
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What's the Risk in Closing a Credit Card?

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You may think nothing of closing a credit card you no longer want. Maybe you have too many cards or you have one that doesn't pay any rewards. because you have too many cards or that one doesn't pay any good rewards - you may think nothing of simply closing out the card. That way you don't have to deal with it anymore. However, closing a credit card may have some unintended consequences. Potential Impact to...
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What Consumers Need to Know About Point-of-Sale Loans

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It's normal for retailers to pitch credit cards to shoppers during checkout. The pitch usually comes with an incentive - like a discount on the initial purchase. More retailers are offering a new payment option for consumers: point-of-sale loans. Customers are offered the loans both in-store and online at checkout. Point-of-sale loans are often offered for big ticket items. With the ease of lending, the loans are also offered for online purchases regardless of price. The...
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Good information as I had not heard of such loans. Now if I get approached on them I will take time to consider and read the fine ... Read More
Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:38
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Five Ways Credit Bureaus May Respond to a Credit Report Dispute

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The information in your credit report has a major impact on whether your new applications for credit cards and loans are approved. Having positive information is key to showing that you're a responsible borrower. Your credit report can only contain accurate, complete, and timely information and you're allowed to challenge any information that doesn't fit the criteria for reporting. If you spot errors on your credit report, you can have your credit report updated by making...
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One thing people need to know, there is a legal basis to a dispute. Disputing because you don't like it or for some other non-lega... Read More
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 06:32
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