A credit card isn't an unlimited pool of funds for clothes and vacations, but neither is it a sure path to financial ruin. Using a credit card correctly is a crucial way to build credit, a concept that's less confusing than it seems. I've gotten this question from many students and grads.
Many people believe that the decision-making process for creditors boils down to just one thing: the credit score. Here's the thing, though: Credit scores are really nothing more than a naturally occurring byproduct of the financial lives we live.
If you're like most people, the recession took a toll on your finances and probably your credit score. So how do you get it back to where it needs to be? There are a couple quick and simple ways to you can raise your credit score now.
Of course it's important to do what you can to bump up your credit score. But many people use the wrong tools towards that objective even though they have the right motivation. And when they do, they actually worsen their credit rating rather than improve it.
here are an estimated 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the United States and that can make them seem pretty ubiquitous. Nevertheless, access to credit cards is a privilege not a right, and if you make mistakes, you'll pay a price -- sometimes a hefty one.
There's a lot that the basics don't cover, and questions that you might be embarrassed to ask, like how to start rebuilding your credit after a bankruptcy. We cover 10 of the top I'm-too-chagrined-to-ask questions.
Typically, the longer your credit history, the higher your credit score. Many consumers assume closing accounts they're not using makes them look better to lenders, but it can have the opposite effect.
You and I might revel in the crisp autumn weather, but your credit score hates this time of year. The reason? Starting in October and continuing through the next 90 days, many households dramatically increase their spending.
Learning the rules of credit isn't always as straightforward as you might think. Sometimes, doing something you might think would be great for your credit score can actually have an unintentional negative impact.
Many Americans will be getting tax refunds from the government, and tax refunds are "found money" -- money you forgot was yours. It's as if the government lifted up your couch cushions and found a few hundred dollars.
While your payment history ranks as the most important piece of your credit score, it can take months or even years to dramatically improve it. Looking for a quicker fix? Focus on what's known as your credit utilization rate.
This year Duke and Missouri were the culprits for obliterating my brackets. So in the spirit of March Madness, I thought I would share a few lesser known tips for keeping your credit score from looking like this year's busted brackets.