When lenders, insurers and other financial services providers want to make decisions about you, they check your credit history. If you want the best rates on your loans, the best deals on insurance, and, in some cases, access to the best jobs, your credit history needs to reflect the best of you. Here are the steps to building credit the easy way!
Your Social Security number is very valuable; it’s valuable to you and those looking to steal it in order to open false credit cards and make false purchases. It’s important to know how to protect yourself from those trying to use your Social Security illegally. Read on to learn about a few different ways to protect yourself from identity theft.
In 2003, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was passed, sweeping into effect a wealth of changes aimed at protecting consumers of all demographic and socio-economic backgrounds who use credit cards. Perhaps the most important part of this legislation was the mandate that all U.S. citizens are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three main bureaus each calendar year. How should you go about obtaining your free credit report?
There’s no shame in admitting that you have a credit card problem. In fact, that’s the first step towards taking back your financial future. Let’s not talk about how you got here. It doesn’t matter if it was months of living outside of your means, or a one-time expense that you might have been unprepared for. What matters is that you’re going to do something about it.
Student loans have been a hot topic recently and updates about interest rates have been creeping into news stories for months. Student loan interest rates changed this month, doubling from 3.4% to 6.8%. Here’s a breakdown of what this means and what to expect.
New data shows that 22% of Americans – almost one quarter of the population – have never checked their credit report, even though they’re entitled to an annual free copy of it. According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 20% of credit reports contain errors, so the fact that so many people neglect to check their reports is troubles many personal finance experts, who typically recommend checking one’s credit report at least once per year.
If you’re a college student, you probably have a few numbers on your mind: the number of days until you head to campus, your GPA from last semester, the amount of money you’ll have to spend on furnishing your dorm room this year, etc. But what about your credit score? It could be one of the most important numbers in your life that’s not on your list. Your credit score can impact whether or not you can lease an apartment or whether or not you’re offered your dream job.
When it comes to buying a car and shopping for a car loan, you have a lot of options. But the cost of those options depends on one critical piece of information: your credit score. Your credit score could be standing in the way between you and an affordable auto loan, and it may even determine whether you can take out a loan at all.
Credit card comparison sites offer a myriad of different card offers, and often allow users to search and sort cards according to their own personal needs. Some people have wondered about the accuracy and motives of these sites, so it’s important to take a look at them in depth before making any credit card decisions.
We invite you to read this compiled list of helpful resources you might not be taking full advantage of to help you overcome financial obstacles on the path to attending college.