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Time and Debt Repayment Still the Best Strategy for Increasing a Credit Score

Some of you might be rejoicing a bit because of news that the chief credit scoring outfit, FICO, is changing its rules about how it scores debtors. The main change is that the new system will draw a distinction between medical debt and regular debt. The other big change is the new system will disregard medical collection accounts if they are paid or settled.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

Medical Debt, New FICO Score Good News or No News

Last week, FICO, the nation's top credit score provider, announced upcoming changes to the way some debts impact your credit score. This could be good news for thousands of people, if lenders adopt this new model.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014

Urban Institute Study Raises the Question of Why People are not Reaching Out for Financial Help

People may be hesitant to reach out for help due to misconceptions about financial counseling. Here are some of the false beliefs that consumers admitted in the 2014 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Collection Agencies, Courts and Your Rights

Some collection companies may be more effective simply by using the letterhead from local courts. Learn what you can do to protect your rights with debt collectors.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

Another Data Breach This Time a Hotel, How to Protect Yourself

When you check into a hotel or rent a car you are required to present a credit card as security. This reality is troubling in light of the news that a single hotel in Houston reported it had been the victim of a data breach that potentially affected about 10,000 customers.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

Credit Report Obstacles, Why We Have to Fight

Improving your credit score is one benefit to undergoing a financial makeover, but for many people it may not be the primary reason. This becomes especially obvious when you learn that you, the consumer, are not a credit reporting agency’s prime customer.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Debt Relief, How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys

Recent news that a payment processing company agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint is a reminder to all of us to be careful when considering companies or organizations that say they will help you reduce your debt. There are legitimate organizations that will help you, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate service and a scam without gathering some information up front.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014

You Earn the Points, but Credit Card Companies Score the Most

If you are watching television at all these days, you have probably seen the ads that make credit card points look like a real score. In truth they can be. If you use a credit card correctly you can get some real deals by taking advantage of credit card incentives.

Posted on May 29, 2014

Five Tips For Asking a Creditor for a Break

Sometimes the key to reducing fees and interest on an account is simply asking the creditor. Here are some tips on how to pose that question.

Posted on May 27, 2014

Resist the quick credit fixes

Despite several years’ worth of warning and repeated advice from officials of all stripes, companies offering “credit repair” continue to abound. There are steps you can take if you are in financial trouble that can one day help you improve your profile to potential creditors. But a credit score is part of your financial picture, not the entire picture. An improved credit score should be the effect of you meeting your goal of creating a financially responsible and secure life, not the goal itself.  It’s understandable why someone would be tempted to buy into a quick-fix program. Credit scores not only affect your ability to borrow, they can have a negative impact on insurance rates and can influence utility companies to ask...

Posted on Feb 21, 2014

 
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