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The Change That Could Give Millions of Americans a Better Credit Score

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Millions of consumers could be lifted out of subprime status and get better loan terms if credit reports and scores were broadened to consider on-time utility and rent payments, according to a study released Wednesday by Experian. Experian is advocating for inclusion of non-traditional entries onto consumer credit reports, expanding them beyond loans, credit cards and mortgages. Doing so would ... Read More »

    5 Things You Do Every Day That Can Improve Your Credit

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    Among all the strategies out there for improving your credit standing, it’s important to take note of the things that are easy. Some of the best ways you can help your credit are so ingrained in your day-to-day routine, you’re probably working on your credit without really thinking about it. The simple, carefree route to good credit — sounds nice, ... Read More »

      4 Tips for Living Without Credit Cards

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      Credit cards can be good financial tools for the responsible consumer. In this day and age they can also feel absolutely essential since some stores, vendors and even airlines require plastic (though you can use a debit card too). But credit card spending can also lead to debt if not done responsibly. Switching to a cash-only life can help avoid this. ... Read More »

        10 Tips for Boosting Your Credit Score in 2015

        Credit Score Distribution

        By Paula Pant, WiserAdvisor.com contributor Your credit score is more than just a three-digit string of numbers; it holds real power over your ability to rent an apartment, apply for a mortgage, secure a car loan and even get a job. What can you do if your credit score isn’t as great as you’d like it to be? Here are ... Read More »

          FTC Reviews Credit Report Dispute Process and Reaches Conclusion

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          The Federal Trade Commission has issued a follow-up study of credit report accuracy that found most consumers who previously reported an unresolved error on one of their three major credit reports believe that at least one piece of disputed information on their report is still inaccurate. The congressionally mandated study is the sixth and final study on national credit report ... Read More »

            How Do I Deal With This Old Debt from the Collection Agency? – Tai

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            “Dear Steve, A collection agency is reporting that I opened a credit card in 2011. I was actually totally unable to get credit by 2011 because in graduate school I became unemployed and had some serious financial problems. I think this is a debt from 2004. Is there anything I can do about this? Thanks in advance. I am trying ... Read More »

              Ways to Build Credit Without Relying Solely on Credit Cards

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              For those who prefer to pay with cash and avoid the credit card debt cycle altogether, building a solid credit history and high FICO score can be a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be. Only a small portion of your FICO score is based on having and using revolving credit. The first step is to understand what goes ... Read More »

                How Do I Take Care of The Two Old Debts on My Credit Report? – Alexandra

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                “Dear Steve, I used to have a Chase Credit Card for $500. I haven’t used it since 2008 and because of some problems and no money at that time couldn’t afford to pay it out ($331). Now I got stuck with this credit card reporting each month on my Credit history as a collection. Also I have a medical Collection ... Read More »

                  Should I Get a Charge Off Removed From My Credit Report? – Defanso

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                  “Dear Steve, My overall credit goes from fair to good depending on the credit agency, scores 686, 704, 708. For the past 2 years my payment history listed as 99.99% on time. I’ve paid off all of my credit card debt to $0, Only having my student loan & my mortgage outstanding. Only thing I see that is holding my ... Read More »

                    I’m Only Going to Live on Cash and I Don’t Care About My Credit Score. – Lee

                    Debt is a scrape, not a mortal wound.

                    “Dear Steve, If I had the money to settle ,then why would I not just pay the debt? Seems to me it would have a two fold effect 1 would not have to deal with those damn phone calls. 2 would not need to worry about credit score. I don’t worry about anyway, cause I do not plan on buying ... Read More »

                      Credit Reports Screwed Up. Anyone Surprised?

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                      A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying more for products such as auto loans and insurance. Overall, the congressionally mandated study on credit report accuracy found that one in five consumers had an error ... Read More »

                        I Want to Improve My Credit and Get a Mortgage With My New Wife. – Devin

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                        “Dear Steve, Although I have made great strides in the last 4 years, I brought a poor credit history and score to our marriage (married for 5 months). My wife, whose name is on our mortgage as she owned our home prior to our marriage, is happy and proud of the work I’ve done to raise my score from 590 ... Read More »

                          My Credit Score Sucks. How Can I Make It Better? – Thomas

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                          “Dear Steve, I have a great job $80k a year, two kids and a wife who watches the two children destroy our home all day. I’m 28 and all of my debt is a whopping $500 or so. The debts are from companies like At&t they claim I didn’t return my equipment (I did), so I refused to pay them ... Read More »

                            I’m 21 Years Old and My Credit Score Sucks. How Can I Improve It? – Lore

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                            “Dear Steve, Hello, I am 21 years old and recently checked my credit score. Due to pass due bills not being paid I am carrying a 580 credit score. I am aware that this is horrible but I am not sure how to go about getting this fixed. I already have a secured credit card to help improve my credit. ... Read More »

                              I Want to Get a Student Loan to Improve My Credit Score. – Eli

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                              “Dear Steve, I have a great credit score (mid-700’s), nothing negative in my credit history, 10 year credit history, 10 open credit cards, have paid every single credit card bill in full on time my entire life, 2 car loans, mortgage. With interest rates at historic lows, I’m looking to refinance. However, I’m finding that I can’t get the best ... Read More »

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