For many people, the announcement last year that the three major credit reporting agencies would remove paid medical debts from credit reports was a welcome relief. Medical bills and the confusion those bills and insurance cause, has led to many people owing debts they never planned for. Here is an update on the changes to credit reports, credit scores, and how to manage medical bills.
A recent headline from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has alerted consumers that another financial institution has been fined for, “Illegally Exploiting Personal Data to Open Sham Accounts for Unsuspecting Customers.” This typically happens when financial institutions incentivize their employees to open new credit and loan accounts and to sell certain financial products. Find out how you can protect yourself.
On November 18, 2021 AFS received two National Awards of Excellence for their work in helping people improve their financial lives.
If you or someone you know is facing eviction, and lives in an area where COVID-19 is rapidly spreading, review this information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Resources and links to determine your counties current COVID status are in this article.
Sometimes in life routines can cause us to overlook areas of spending that are not necessary. However, neglecting these areas can cause a big dent in our budgets and stifle our best attempts to increase savings or bring a budget back on track. Here are some of the most overlooked areas of spending that could be impacting your finances.
It' s true that missing the due date on some of your bills will damage your credit score, but there are some financial transactions that don't have any effect, either good or bad.
For many of us the term neobank is unfamiliar, but mention online only banking and â€œfintechâ€ and the picture begins to get clearer. A neobank is a is a type ofÂ bankÂ that operates exclusively online without physicalÂ branch networks. Some neobanks operate in partnership with a traditional bank and others are financial technology companies that offer bank like services. The latter is important to understand.
Here are some ideas on how to use tax refunds and economic stimulus money to improve a financial situation.
The DTI is the percentage of our income that goes toward paying our monthly debts. These ratios can often be overlooked as many people assume that a good credit score and income are the only two elements taken into consideration when seeking to purchase a home, car, or even to open a credit card. However, for many lenders, a good report and credit score are not enough to be considered a suitable candidate.