7 10, 2019

The Difference Between Revolving Credit and Installment Credit

By |2019-10-07T22:51:26+00:00October 7th, 2019|

The debts that appear on your credit report are typically sorted into two different types: revolving credit and installment credit. These debt types can affect your credit in different ways. But what’s the difference between revolving credit and installment credit? We break it down below. What is Revolving Credit? Revolving credit extends a fixed line [...]

4 10, 2019

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: Differences Along with Pros & Cons

By |2019-10-04T18:11:35+00:00October 4th, 2019|

Credit Freeze vs. Credit Lock: What’s the Difference? Credit freezes and credit locks are often confused for one another since they protect consumers’ credit files from fraud in similar ways. They are, however, two different actions. As more people take preventative measures to protect their identity, it’s important to know how each of these actions [...]

28 08, 2019

How to Know When a Store Credit Card Isn’t Worth Your Time

By |2019-08-28T22:00:43+00:00August 28th, 2019|

Many retailers, from online sellers to department stores and smaller chains, have their own version of a store-branded credit card. Chances are that you’ve been offered one in exchange for a discount off your purchase at some point. While retailers often try to lure customers at the cash register with savings, store credit cards aren’t [...]

19 08, 2019

Should You Pay Your Credit Card Statement Balance or Current Balance?

By |2019-08-19T21:22:25+00:00August 19th, 2019|

It’s a good idea to make more than the minimum payment on your credit card. Paying more than the minimum helps reduce your balance, shrink the amount of interest you’ll pay in the future, and might help your credit score by lowering the amount of debt you hold. If you have the funds, you may [...]

16 08, 2019

Credit Karma ‘Technical Issue’ Exposes Account Information to Wrong Users

By |2019-08-23T16:44:42+00:00August 16th, 2019|

Officials of the credit monitoring site Credit Karma are blaming a “technical issue” for a data breach that exposed users’ credit and personal information to other site users. Users began posting to Reddit and Twitter this week to point out the issue, saying when they logged into the site they were given access to other [...]

9 08, 2019

How a Strong Credit Score Puts Money Back in Your Pocket

By |2019-08-14T15:33:59+00:00August 9th, 2019|

You already know that a decent credit score can help you get approved for the credit cards, loans, and other financial products you need. The better your credit score, the better your odds of securing approval. But there are other financial incentives to building a solid credit score – it can actually save you a [...]

5 08, 2019

4 Realistic Anti-Fraud Changes You Can Make Now

By |2019-08-05T17:17:56+00:00August 5th, 2019|

Now is the time to protect yourself against account fraud and identity theft, which can do massive damage to your credit and finances. Luckily, you don’t have to be a finance guru or cybersecurity wizard to better protect your money and identity. Here are four realistic anti-fraud changes you can make immediately to protect yourself: [...]

31 07, 2019

How Does a Late Payment Affect Your Credit?

By |2019-08-02T17:25:00+00:00July 31st, 2019|

Missing a monthly bill payment carries consequences more severe than late fees and embarrassment. Late payments can cause long-term damage to your credit score and affect your ability to qualify for loans and other financial products. You should always try to make your payments in full and on time to avoid these consequences, as your [...]

26 07, 2019

Equifax to Pay Up to $700 Million for Data Breach

By |2019-08-23T16:46:46+00:00July 26th, 2019|

Equifax is expected to pay about $700 million for a data breach that put almost half the U.S. population’s personal information at risk. The credit-reporting firm is working to finalize an agreement that includes a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, numerous state attorney general offices, and a class-action [...]

22 07, 2019

8 Warning Signs You Might Be a Victim of Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T17:10:16+00:00July 22nd, 2019|

Identity thieves use stolen personal information to open fraudulent accounts, empty bank accounts, and wreak havoc on their victims’ credit and finances. If you become a victim of identity theft, it’s important to catch it early. The sooner you find out your identity has been stolen, the sooner you can take action and prevent any [...]

3 07, 2019

Credit Score Ranges: Is Your Score Considered Excellent, Poor, or In Between?

By |2019-08-02T17:38:46+00:00July 3rd, 2019|

When it comes to your finances, there’s a lot of significance placed on one little piece of information: your credit score, which is calculated using the information in your credit report. This number can affect your ability to access the lifestyle you want and dictate how much you’ll pay for things over time, so it’s [...]

27 06, 2019

9-Year-Long Data Breach Puts 95,000 Delaware Residents’ Information at Risk

By |2019-08-02T17:40:42+00:00June 27th, 2019|

About 95,000 Delaware residents have had their personal information compromised in a data breach at an insurance provider that lasted nine years, according to news reports. Dental and vision insurer Dominion National recently reported the data breach, which the company said began in August 2010 but wasn’t discovered until April this year. Dominion National found [...]

24 06, 2019

3 Credit Facts You Need to Know About Medical Debt

By |2019-08-02T17:41:40+00:00June 24th, 2019|

Medical costs are a serious issue in the United States. The average U.S. consumer spends more than $10,000 a year on medical care, and one in five Americans has reported problems with paying his or her medical bills. But medical debt can put a dent in more than your bank account. It can also land [...]

20 06, 2019

Credit Card Fraud V. Debit Card Fraud: Are you Protected?

By |2019-08-02T17:42:13+00:00June 20th, 2019|

Did you know that how you dispute fraudulent charges on a debit card is different than on a credit card? Consumer protection laws differ in each case and knowing the differences can help to keep your accounts safe from identity theft.   Mainly, if you need to dispute a fraudulent debit card charge, the funds [...]

17 06, 2019

Graduation Means More Freedom, But Also More Risk for Fraud and Identity Theft

By |2019-08-05T17:26:27+00:00June 17th, 2019|

Graduation season is here and that means many young people will be heading out on their own for the first time. However, with that new-found freedom comes an increased risk for fraud and identity theft. Did you know that young people fall victim to fraud and identity theft at a higher rate than older adults? [...]

13 06, 2019

ID Theft: What to Do to Recover Your Identity & Credit

By |2019-08-02T17:43:46+00:00June 13th, 2019|

Identity Theft Recovery Plan: Start with Your Credit Report   If your personal information has been compromised, maybe by a data breach or stolen credit card, check your bank accounts for fraudulent activity immediately. You may be a victim of id theft. If you see fraudulent charges, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or even lost. [...]

10 06, 2019

Debt Snowball or Debt Avalanche: Which Debt Repayment Method is Right for You?

By |2019-08-02T17:46:07+00:00June 10th, 2019|

There are many good reasons to work on paying off your debt. Over time, your financial obligations and the size of your monthly payments may shrink. You can free up more cash for investing, saving, or just having fun. Making timely debt payments can even help your credit score. But what is the best way [...]

28 05, 2019

7 Common Credit Mistakes to Avoid

By |2019-08-02T17:47:27+00:00May 28th, 2019|

Building a strong credit score may seem like a complicated undertaking, but it generally involves making informed choices and avoiding common pitfalls. When you don’t know what behaviors to avoid, you could be dragging down your credit score without knowing it. Don’t let unintended blunders hurt your credit. Here are seven common credit mistakes to [...]

19 02, 2019

How Can a Credit Card Balance Transfer Help You Pay Down Debt?

By |2019-08-02T17:51:59+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Credit cards with strong balance transfer offers can help cardholders with high-interest rates pay down their credit card debt faster and more affordably. In theory, it’s a simple concept: you simply move your existing credit card debt to a new card with a lower interest rate, with the intention of paying down your debt quicker. [...]

31 01, 2019

Buying a Home in 2019? Here’s How Your Credit Will Affect Your Mortgage Rate

By |2019-08-02T17:52:49+00:00January 31st, 2019|

When you’re shopping for a home, it’s important to pay close attention to mortgage rates, the amount of interest that lenders charge on a home loan. Though it’s only a small percentage, the mortgage rate directly affects the amount of your monthly payment and how much you’ll pay over the lifetime of the loan. The [...]

30 11, 2018

Massive Marriott Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of Up to 500 Million Guests

By |2019-08-02T17:58:26+00:00November 30th, 2018|

Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, today revealed its discovery of a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of up to 500 million guests. The data breach leaves Marriott guests vulnerable to account fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activities. Marriott says an unauthorized party has been accessing [...]

6 10, 2018

6 Common Credit Report Inaccuracies

By |2019-08-02T18:01:20+00:00October 6th, 2018|

The information contained in your credit report should be fair and accurate. After all, it determines your credit score and helps lenders, creditors, and other companies decide whether to do business with you. Unfortunately, credit report inaccuracies are extremely common. In 2013, the FTC reported that one in five Americans had discovered an inaccuracy on [...]

30 09, 2018

5 Things You Shouldn’t Put on Your Credit Card

By |2019-05-27T19:18:34+00:00September 30th, 2018|

When used correctly, your credit card can be a useful personal finance tool. Credit cards can fund everyday purchases, build your credit score, and even earn valuable rewards. But when you use your card the wrong way, you can easily fall into financial hot water and damage your credit. There are certain things you should [...]

11 09, 2018

6 Credit Card Benefits You Might Not Be Using

By |2019-08-02T18:08:20+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Credit card companies usually highlight their showier benefits, like cash back rewards or airline miles, to draw in new business. But many credit cards provide much more than that, offering a full suite of valuable benefits to their customers. If you’re only aware of your credit card’s surface level perks, you might not be getting [...]

25 08, 2018

What to Do When a Debt Collector Calls

By |2019-08-02T18:09:01+00:00August 25th, 2018|

Getting an unexpected call from a debt collector can be an intimidating experience. Often, debt collectors will try to pressure you into paying them over the phone on the spot. But even if you’re swimming in debt, you have rights when a debt collector calls, and you should always do your homework and exercise your [...]

18 08, 2018

How Credit Card Pre-Approval Offers Work

By |2019-08-02T18:09:24+00:00August 18th, 2018|

If you’ve ever received a credit card pre-approval offer in the mail, you may have wondered why the credit card issuer is reaching out to you. How do they know you would be a good customer? Why are they extending you an offer unprompted? And are these offers guaranteed? The business of credit card pre-approvals [...]

7 08, 2018

5 Things to Avoid in a Credit Card for Bad Credit

By |2019-08-02T18:09:34+00:00August 7th, 2018|

One of the best ways to build credit is responsible use of a credit card. By maintaining a low balance and making your payments on time, you can use your credit card to improve your credit score. But if you already have bad credit, it can be tough to get approved for a card in [...]

4 08, 2018

Who Can Check Your Credit Report?

By |2019-08-02T18:09:43+00:00August 4th, 2018|

The primary purpose of your credit report is to demonstrate your creditworthiness to lenders and creditors. In other words, your credit report can help companies decide whether to approve or deny your loan and credit card applications. But lenders and credit card companies aren’t the only ones that can pull your credit report. In fact, [...]

28 07, 2018

5 Myths Surrounding Bankruptcy

By |2019-08-02T18:10:19+00:00July 28th, 2018|

When you’re drowning in debt, bankruptcy can be an escape route. Bankruptcy can help you discard or pay off debts and get some financial relief, but it can also be devastating for your credit, causing your credit score to take a nosedive. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding bankruptcy. Here are five of [...]

14 07, 2018

5 Things to Negotiate With Your Credit Card Company

By |2019-08-02T18:10:28+00:00July 14th, 2018|

If you’re unhappy with the terms of your current credit card, you might think you’re stuck with the status quo. But credit card companies are often willing to negotiate certain terms, especially if you’re a good customer or if you have special financial circumstances. Here are five things to negotiate with your credit card company. [...]

1 07, 2018

Free Credit Report Freezes Are on the Way: Here’s What You Need to Know

By |2019-08-02T18:10:45+00:00July 1st, 2018|

Following last year’s enormous Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans, consumers were left wondering how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. One solution is credit freezes, which prevent thieves from using your credit to open fraudulent accounts in your name. But freezing your credit with all three [...]

22 06, 2018

Is a Debt Consolidation Loan Right for You?

By |2019-08-02T18:11:10+00:00June 22nd, 2018|

When you’re stuck with high-interest loans or massive credit card balances, it’s hard to envision a future where you aren’t overwhelmed by debt. If that describes you, you may be considering a debt consolidation loan to help dig yourself out. Personal loans for debt consolidation are offered by many banks and credit unions. They allow [...]

17 06, 2018

How to Get Your Credit Ready for a Credit Card Application

By |2019-08-02T18:11:19+00:00June 17th, 2018|

Before you apply for a credit card, it’s a good idea to review your credit and identify opportunities for improvement. That’s because a better credit score can get you lower interest rates, higher credit limits, and access to better cards. Whether you’re applying for your first credit card or your fifth, you should take some [...]

15 06, 2018

How Virtual Card Numbers Make Online Shopping Safer

By |2019-08-02T18:11:45+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Cybersecurity is a constant concern for retailers that store consumer data online. Even so, hackers are persistent, and data breaches have happened to some of the largest retailers in the world. When you use your credit card or debit card to shop online, you run the risk of your account information falling into the wrong [...]

27 05, 2018

How to Protect Your Identity While You’re on Vacation

By |2019-08-02T18:12:06+00:00May 27th, 2018|

People take vacations to explore new places, get away from the daily grind, or just plain relax. But even when relaxation is your goal, you need to be vigilant against identity theft. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 17 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2014 alone, and thieves won’t take [...]

20 05, 2018

Seven Reasons to Pull Your Credit Report Right Now

By |2019-08-02T18:12:30+00:00May 20th, 2018|

A lack of familiarity with your credit report could cost you big. The information in your credit report determines your ability to qualify for credit cards, loans, and even employment in some cases. Negative information in your credit report could hurt your credit score and block access to the financial products you need. You should [...]

17 05, 2018

Synthetic Identity Fraud Targets Children in a Long Con

By |2019-08-02T18:12:48+00:00May 17th, 2018|

Criminals with a lot of time on their hands are committing a con that can take years to pay off and sounds like something out of the future: Synthetic identity fraud. Instead of the traditional identity theft of stealing an existing identity from someone and posing as them, synthetic identity fraud criminals create a new [...]

12 05, 2018

Credit Card Lost or Stolen? Here’s What to Do

By |2019-08-02T18:13:16+00:00May 12th, 2018|

Your credit card is one of the most valuable items in your wallet, and you rightfully might feel frantic if it’s been lost or stolen. But unlike some other pieces of property, federal law protects your credit card. Replacing it might be a pain, but if you act fast you can limit the damage done. [...]

9 05, 2018

How to Protect Your Physical Documents from Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T18:13:40+00:00May 9th, 2018|

Each year, millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft. It’s a serious threat, as thieves can use your personal information to open new accounts, claim tax refunds, file fraudulent Medicare claims, and more. Even if your identity isn’t stolen, thieves may try to use your personal information to gain access to your bank account [...]

4 05, 2018

4 Ways Credit Cards Can Help Your Credit Score

By |2019-08-02T18:13:49+00:00May 4th, 2018|

When used correctly, credit cards are one of the best tools available for building or improving upon your credit. They directly impact several factors that determine your credit score and are a good place to start if you want to make a positive change. Here are four ways credit cards can help you build your [...]

4 05, 2018

Why to Always Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card to Avoid Fraud

By |2019-08-02T18:14:23+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Debit cards are one of the worst ways to use your money if you want your ID protected. Because it’s linked directly to your bank account, anyone with your card information can instantly withdraw all the money from your account. If that doesn’t scare you enough, there’s the fact that debit cards don’t have near [...]

30 04, 2018

Your Kid Should Have a Credit Card Before They Can Drive

By |2019-08-02T18:03:36+00:00April 30th, 2018|

The parental refrain “Do what I say and not what I do” isn’t a wise one in many respects, but especially when it comes to financial talks with your kids. Parents lead by example and if you’re racking up credit card debt you can’t afford, then you may be teaching them bad money habits. Such [...]

30 04, 2018

3 Best Ways to Stop Your Credit Report From Being Hacked

By |2019-08-02T18:04:29+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Data breaches are just about a daily occurrence. Whether it’s at a hospital, business school, energy provider or any other business with personal data on file, hackers are finding more ways to steal information and possibly later use it for fraud. Checking a credit report each month to make sure thieves haven’t opened accounts in [...]

30 04, 2018

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: Which is Safer for Online Shopping?

By |2019-08-02T18:05:07+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Online shopping offers convenience and great deals, but it also leaves you vulnerable to hackers and data breaches. Criminals are constantly trying to break into the databases of online retailers to access consumers’ personal information and debit or credit card numbers. You should take steps to protect yourself online, and that includes determining the best [...]

25 04, 2018

Five Underused Tools that Make Online Shopping Safer

By |2019-08-02T18:05:35+00:00April 25th, 2018|

Staying safe as you shop online requires diligence. Some good habits, such as keeping your credit card number private, are obvious. But savvy shoppers can go above and beyond to reduce the risk of theft and fraud as they shop on the Internet, using modern technology and safeguards to protect themselves. Here are five underused [...]

23 03, 2018

5 Ways to Build Credit When You Don’t Have Any

By |2019-08-02T18:05:59+00:00March 23rd, 2018|

When you don’t have any credit history, it’s hard to qualify for credit cards and loans, which are ironically the very tools you need to build good credit. Lenders simply can’t judge your ability to manage debt without any past information to evaluate. This is a common challenge for young people and anyone without any [...]

10 03, 2018

This Tax Season, Beware IRS Phone Scams That Target Taxpayers

By |2019-08-02T18:06:48+00:00March 10th, 2018|

Each year in the United States, tax season provides con artists an opportunity to scam taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. It’s a serious problem that is only on the rise: according to the IRS, the number of potential victims for one common scam has skyrocketed from hundreds to several thousands in a matter of [...]

2 03, 2018

How Secured Credit Cards Can Help You Build Credit

By |2019-08-02T18:07:32+00:00March 2nd, 2018|

When they’re used correctly, credit cards are one of the best ways to build credit. But if you have bad credit or a thin credit history, you might have trouble getting approved for a card. It’s a classic catch-22. Secured credit cards were designed for people in your scenario. While they have a few quirks [...]