Credit Smart “Do’s and Don’ts”

Most of us have a pretty good idea of the basic credit behaviors that will keep our creditors happy. But did you know that a simple change in your credit card balances can raise or lower your scores? There are lesser-known financial behaviors that can affect your credit scores more than you may realize.

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Did Your Credit Score Change Colors?

Autumn foliage may not be the only thing turning from green to red. Did the summer or back-to-school take a toll on your credit score? Now that fall is here, it’s a good time to focus on your credit score and credit usage.

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Are Your Credit Scores Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Labor Day weekend is a celebratory time for many hardworking Americans. As you prepare to shop and enjoy the holiday with friends and family, give …

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Will Low Scores Lock You Out of Home Buying?

If you’re ready to be a homeowner but worried your credit scores won’t get you in the door, don’t! There are a lot of loan programs to help first-time buyers – and those with less-than-stellar credit.

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“Jamming” Strikes a Bad Chord with Credit Bureaus

Jamming is a credit repair scam that will surely have you singing the blues. The tactic is used by unscrupulous credit repair companies to take your cash.

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Credit Tips for College Grads

Congratulations college grads! Having good credit can open a lot of doors for your future. It can help you get that lease on your first …

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A C.L.U.E. About Insurance Rates and Credit

You know that lenders evaluate your credit reports and scores before approving you – or determining your interest rate. But did you know your credit reports also drive the cost of your insurance premiums?

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Your Credit Translation Guide

While most people are not “fluent” in credit, your lenders are. To make informed credit decisions, you need to be able to decipher what’s on your reports and understand what your credit scores are telling lenders about you – and why.

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Know Your Rights To Dispute Credit Errors

If you feel like you’re flying blind trying to navigate the frustrating world of credit reports, credit disputes and credit bureaus, you are certainly not …

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Boost Your Credit IQ and Protect Your Scores

To make the most of your credit, it’s important that you become score-smart. In the spirit of March being National Credit Education Month, here are some lesser-known financial facts to help boost your Credit IQ and awareness to protect your scores.

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Accounts in Collection – What Does It Mean?

Credit accounts in collection are serious, and when listed on your credit reports, often have long-term, harmful impacts on your scores.

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How To Have “The Frank Talk” About Credit

There’s nothing more awkward than having to initiate a deeply personal conversation with a life partner, significant other or family member. And few topics are as anxiety-provoking as money, debt and credit scores.

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