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Building a Fraud-Free Family

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 10.07.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The Internet has increased the risk of financial fraud for young and old consumers, but thieves still work by phone and mail. Monitor credit data and make sure loved ones know how to keep their financial data safe.

A First-Year Money-Management Guide for the New College Grad

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Money
Jason Alderman

As the nation's full retirement age edges closer to 70, it means a 22-year-old college graduate has nearly 50 years to save and invest. That's why solid money habits built early can make an enormous difference, even for young people who can't afford to put away more than a few dollars a week at the start.

3 Things People With Bad Credit Need To Know

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 06.29.2015 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

It's not the end of the world if you have bad credit. Actually, millions of Americans have credit that's rated below average. While it's not something you might be proud of, it's important to know that there are some ways to make it better.

Debt and the Deceased: How Should Spouses and Heirs Proceed?

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Anyone can die leaving debt behind. Spouses and families should help prepare or revise estate plans to address current credit issues and create an action plan for the possibility of remaining debt after the borrower dies.

Big Changes Coming To Your Credit Reports: What You Need To Know

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 05.18.2015 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

Your credit reports are going through a major overhaul, and it's one that will help consumers. These credit bureau changes will take time to implement, but it's a nice change to go with the revamped FICO scores we saw last year.

Hunter Stuart

Lots Of Credit Reports Have Mistakes. But Good Luck Getting Yours Fixed.

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business

Erica Alvarez’s life was turned upside down in 2011, when a handful of overdue hospital bills showed up on her credit report. Interest rates for her...

Protecting You From Credit Report Errors, Unreliable Scores

Pamela Banks | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Pamela Banks

Aleta from Mena, Arkansas, has had a hard time getting a decent rate on a car loan all because of a mistake on her credit report. The problem started...

How to Fix Errors on a Credit Report

Clark Howard | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Clark Howard

Did you hear about the woman who sued Equifax for $18 million because they wouldn't fix errors on her credit report even after she diligently stayed on top of them for two years?

Analysis: Student Debt Trends Are 'Simply Unsustainable'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.01.2013 | Business

Two new reports released this week show Americans are increasingly struggling to repay student loan debt, creating a drag on the economy and wasting t...

Why Your Credit Score May Be Wrong

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 12.14.2012 | Money

If you have evidence proving there's a mistake on your credit report, good luck getting someone to see it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...

To Correct My Credit Report, I Had to Prove I Was Not Someone Else

Christopher Lamb | Posted 01.28.2013 | Money
Christopher Lamb

I then contacted TransUnion's corporate office and got in touch with someone who understood what was clearly obvious. The matter was resolved a week later. Kind of. My credit score increased to nearly 800. But the false judgment remained on my credit report.

Alexander Eichler

He Claims His Father Stole His Identity

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.13.2014 | Money

When Frank Deyoub and his wife were thinking about names for their newborn son, one moniker was completely off the table: Frank Deyoub. "If I named...

Catherine New

More Facebook Friends Could Lead to Better Bank Rates

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.01.2012 | Money

The only thing stopping banks from putting your Facebook page into your credit file is the law. But even that line is growing blurrier. One new ba...

Rents Fell Last Year, But In Many Cities Still 'Too Damn High'

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

Rents fell across the United States last year, but landlords got choosier. Overall average rent in the U.S. dropped to $820 in the fourth quarter ...

Catherine New

Suze Orman Defends Prepaid Card: 'Just Another Financial Tool'

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business

If personal finance megastar Suze Orman built the perfect way to use money, what would it look like? On Monday consumers found out. Her new Approved c...

Catherine New

A Scarlett Letter On Economic Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.08.2011 | Business

Thanks to a new kind of credit score, more borrowed money may end up in the hands of the increasing number of Americans who are sliding down the econo...

Arthur Delaney

Civil Rights, Labor Advocates Demand End To Employment Credit Checks

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of 25 civil rights and labor advocacy groups petitioned one of the nation's largest credit-monitoring firms on Tuesday to qu...

What's Great for the American Consumer Is Bad for Our Nation's Economy

Pamela Yellen | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

While our leaders in Washington pay little more than lip service to the need to reduce our nation's debt addiction, Americans by the millions are working harder than anytime in the past 40 years to live within their means.

The Death Squad of the Consumer: the Credit Scoring Agencies

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georges Ugeux

It is rather strange that, in the fury of the abuses by credit card issuers, little attention has been paid to those who, on behalf of the banks, have...

Credit Checks For New Employees Called Into Question

New York Times | ANDREW MARTIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

With millions of Americans nursing damaged credit reports after a bruising recession, some lawmakers are seeking to limit the use of credit reports as...

Getting Mortgage Assistance Can Lower Your Credit Score

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By ALAN ZIBEL, AP) -- Some homeowners who sign up for the government's mortgage assistance program are getting a nasty surprise: Lower cre...

Arthur Delaney

Experian Sued For Its Deceptive FreeCreditReport.com Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A Wisconsin woman is suing the credit-reporting agency Experian because its ubiquitous advertisements for FreeCreditReport.com made her think she coul...

Credit Card Or Mortgage: Consumers

businessinsider.com | Vincent Fernando | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Credit history company TransUnion has found that Americans are shifting their priorities when it comes to paying down debt. Consumers are paying down...

FTC Takes On Credit Monitoring Services Like Freecreditreport.com

New York Times | RON LIEBER | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

The Federal Trade Commission is not amused. It has long believed that the company that owns freecreditreport.com is deliberately diverting people from...

Credit Scores: FICO Formulas Are Being Changed By Lenders

usatoday.com | Kathy Chu and Sandra Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Long after the economy recovers, millions of Americans will be left with a grim legacy of the recession: damaged credit scores, the three-digit rating...