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How to Rebuild Your Credit After a Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy has its pros and cons. Chances are that you considered the facts, weighed your options, and did not choose to file bankruptcy lightly. Although bankruptcy can certainly hurt your credit, filing for bankruptcy does not mean that you have to be stuck with horrible credit forever. There are steps that you can take to begin rebuilding your credit right …

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How Co-Signing Impacts Your Credit

Most credit questions asked of me can be answered exactly the same. “It depends…” Question: How will an inquiry impact my credit? Answer: “It depends” Question: How will opening a new credit card impact my credit? Answer: “It depends” Asking how co-signing impacts your credit is no exception. The effect which co-signing for a loved one is going to have …

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3 Steps to Overcome Identity Theft

Identity theft isn’t a 4-letter word, but it probably should be. If you have ever been a victim of identity theft then you are sure to agree. It is a scary unsettling crime, which can haunt you for many years, unless you take control of the situation. What Is Identity Theft? Identity theft occurs whenever someone steals your personal identifying …

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Why Paying Your Credit Card On Time Isn’t Enough

Basic credit common sense tells you that paying your bills on time is essential to maintaining a good credit rating. What you may not realize, however, is that your payment history is only one component of good credit. Payment history absolutely matters, but keeping your payments on time alone is not enough to earn and keep great credit scores. Great …

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Your Rights According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act

As consumers, there is a lot about the world of credit reporting which feels unfair. For starters, the fact that the credit bureaus are permitted to collect information about you, compile that information into reports, and sell your information to others for a profit – all without any permission being required from you – can be downright infuriating. Yet the …

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4 Credit Mistakes You Can Teach Your Children to Avoid

As a parent, you are responsible for teaching your kids many different important life lessons. When they are young, you help them learn how to walk and talk. A few years later, you start teaching your kids about reading, writing, and arithmetic. Yet somewhere between lessons about the golden rule and the sex and drugs talks, a lot of parents …

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How a Good Credit Score Can Improve Your Life

There is no sugar-coating the fact that life can become a lot more complicated whenever you are faced with credit problems. Sure, you can get by with bad credit and low credit scores, but living like that can be expensive, not to mention stressful. On the other hand, when you work hard to rebuild your credit, the payoff for your …

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Why Your Credit Score Suddenly Dropped by Over 100 Points

In my line of work, I am asked questions everyday like this one I received last week: “Shawn, I have been working hard for a while now hoping to raise my credit scores. I was making good progress, but when I logged into my credit monitoring to check my credit this month I found out that my credit score just …

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Don’t Fall for These Credit Myths!

The world of credit is overflowing with myths and plain bad advice. Unfortunately, when it comes to your credit, believing the wrong myth could really hurt you. Before you blindly follow the advice you received from your well meaning loved one or the credit tip you read online from your favorite financial “guru”, it might pay to do a little …

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5 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Credit Score

Struggling with the effects of bad credit can be very stressful. When you have credit problems, there is no question that life often becomes more difficult. With bad credit it can be tough to purchase a home, secure reliable transportation, and qualify for a credit card. In fact, bad credit can even cause you to be charged more for insurance …