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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

You Received the Offer, Now Should You Open the Account?

The news that lenders are sending offers to riskier borrowers should remind you of one truth we all should have learned from the financial crisis five years ago; just because you can borrow money doesn’t mean you should.

Posted on Jul 07, 2014

Credit Cards, What Will it Take to Make You Stick with Your Company

0% interest for a year, earn cash back, free airline miles, we receive tempting offers from credit card companies everyday. How do we know whether to risk our credit history or stay with what we know? Here are a few things to consider.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

Quick Guide to Better Credit

One of the common questions we are asked is how to improve a credit report. While there are no quick fixes to credit that is less than perfect, there are things you can do to help it over time. This primer is meant to hit the highlights of building good credit.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

Three Reasons to Close Your Credit Card

Many people ask about closing a credit card. We’ve all heard that it can cause problems with your credit and credit scores. Below are some tips for deciding if the time is right to close your account.

Posted on May 15, 2014

American Financial Solutions Clients Highlighted in National Campaign

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) today announced the six-month activity report of the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program. To date, more than 20,000 consumers from a diverse array of states have enrolled in the program, and have completed at least two of the three steps to increase their financial situations.

Posted on Apr 09, 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

Watch individual credit balances as well as the overall picture

If you are on the path of improving your financial situation, chances are you are working to reduce your debts. There are obvious reasons to do this, such as lessening what you pay out in debts every month, having financial peace of mind, and creating less risk to you if your income drops. Lowering your debts may also improve your credit score. There is no way to calculate how individual actions affect your score, but one alteration in your debt reduction plan might improve your chances of raising your score faster. The main reason you want a higher credit score is because having a low score can be costly even if you are not borrowing money. A lower credit score can affect...

Posted on Jan 29, 2014

 
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