Derogatory items can stay on your credit report and damage your credit scores for years. We’ll help you understand minor and major derogatories, how derogatory items affect your credit score, and what you can do about them.
Most of us have credit reports assembled about us by the credit bureaus, yet few of us know about the surprising history of credit reporting. Learn about how the credit bureaus evolved into what they are today and the many controversies that have taken place along the way.
Credit cards are not only a useful payment method for making purchases but also an essential component of a solid credit-building strategy. When you have the knowledge to use credit cards to your advantage rather than to your detriment, they can be an extremely powerful financial tool to have in your arsenal.
Most lenders use your FICO credit score when they are deciding whether or not to extend credit to you. If you need to check your FICO score, where can you do so without paying a fee to access it? This article lists some of the best places to get your FICO score for free.
Is it possible to have too much credit? We answer the question of whether having too much credit could hurt your credit score by breaking it down into three parts: having too much available credit, having too much debt, and having too many credit accounts.
Credit repair can take months to see results, but we have effective credit hacks that you can use to get a better credit score fast. Check out our list of the best credit hacks that will help you improve your credit.
While being an authorized user on someone's credit card can be helpful for many consumers, it's important to remember that it can also hurt your credit in some cases. Learn these scenarios where you should not be an authorized user so you can make wise decisions for your credit.
Collections can damage your credit score for a long time, so it's important to understand them. This helpful guide explains what collections are, how they affect your credit, how collection agencies try to re-age debt, how to get collections removed from your credit report, and more.
“Alternative data” is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular as one possible solution to the problem of credit invisibility. Let’s shed some light on the emerging topic of alternative credit data and how it could help or hurt consumers.
The debt snowball and the debt avalanche are the two most popular methods for paying off debt. We explain how they work, the pros and cons of each approach, and how to decide which debt payoff strategy is right for you.
With so many Americans unemployed and struggling financially, it’s more important than ever to go into the holiday season with a smart strategy to keep your finances intact. Here are some tips on how to make it through the holiday season without going overboard on spending, hurting your credit, and derailing your financial goals.
Credit sweeps are a heavily advertised and promoted service among credit repair companies. Is it really a good idea to purchase a credit sweep to boost your credit score? Here are some things to think about before signing up for a credit sweep.
If you’re wondering how to update your credit report information fast so that you can improve your credit rating quickly, you may be interested in getting a rapid rescore. Find the answers to all your questions about rapid rescores in this article.
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