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04/17/2021
Inquiry Bumpage and Choppage

Can Inquiry “Bumpage” and “Choppage” Help Your Credit?

Could inquiry "bumpage" and "choppage" improve your credit? Find out from an expert who has spent three decades in the industry, John Ulzheimer.
04/09/2021
Credit Countdown: Credit Dispute Forms [video thumbnail]

Which Forms Are Used to Complete the Credit Dispute Process?

When you file a credit dispute, there are certain forms and processes required to resolve the dispute. Different forms are used depending on which type of dispute you are filing. Learn what these forms are used for, when they are used, and what information is included on them.
03/29/2021

What Happened to Equal Credit Opportunity for All?

Equality, fairness, and justice are all concepts that the United States promotes as some of its highest values. In reality, good credit is something that many privileged Americans start out with, while others do not. How do tradelines fit into equal credit opportunity?
03/11/2021

What Are Credit Scores?

Credit scores impact our lives in more ways than you might think, yet, unfortunately, they are intentionally opaque and difficult to understand. In this article, we’ll clear up what credit scores are, why they matter, how to build credit, and how to improve your credit score.
03/05/2021
How many tradelines to buy

Buying Tradelines: How Many Tradelines Do I Need?

How many tradelines should you buy? There are cases when it’s best to get a single tradeline and other cases when multiple tradelines might be more appropriate. To help you decide, we’ll discuss examples for each scenario.
02/15/2021
Questions every authorized user should ask when buying tradelines

Questions Every Authorized User Should Ask When Buying Tradelines

Tradelines are investments in your financial future. Make sure you are getting the most out of your authorized user tradelines by asking yourself the following questions first.
01/21/2021
Do Tradelines Still Work in 2020?

Do Tradelines Still Work in 2021?

One question we often hear is “Do tradelines still work in 2021?” Fortunately, we can say with certainty that tradelines do still work in 2021, and we are confident they will continue to be effective for years to come.
12/04/2020
Want to See Your FICO Score for Free? Here’s How to Do It

Want to See Your FICO Score for Free? Here’s How to Do It

Most lenders use your FICO credit score when they are deciding whether or not to extend credit to you. And yet, historically, it has been costly for consumers to access their own FICO scores. 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.
11/30/2020
How to Get Through the Holidays With Your Credit Intact

How to Get Through the Holidays With Your Credit Intact

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.
11/28/2020

Things Everyone Should Know About Credit Cards

Credit cards are not only a useful payment method for making purchases but also an essential component of a solid credit-building strategy.  After all, credit cards […]
11/19/2020
Credit Myths

Let’s Get to the Bottom of These Credit Myths

Credit myths are extremely common. Unfortunately, many people believe these myths, and their credit suffers as a result of taking incorrect actions. Let’s get to the bottom of these credit myths so you can start improving your credit the right way.
11/05/2020
Snowball vs. Avalanche: What Is the Best Way to Pay Off Debt?

Snowball vs. Avalanche: What Is the Best Way to Pay Off Debt?

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.
11/03/2020
Collection Accounts on Your Credit Report: The Ultimate Guide

Collection Accounts on Your Credit Report: The Ultimate Guide

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.
10/27/2020
Why Did My Credit Score Go Down?

Why Did My Credit Score Go Down?

If your credit score has gone down, it's important to understand why so you can address the problem. Let's discuss some possible credit issues that could cause a decrease in your credit score.
10/25/2020
This Is How a Rapid Rescore Can Boost Your Credit Score Fast

This Is How a Rapid Rescore Can Boost Your Credit Score Fast

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.
10/18/2020
Credit scoring "buckets" can complicate the effect that a dispute may have on your credit score.

What Are Credit Scoring “Buckets?”

Credit expert John Ulzheimer explains how credit scoring "buckets" work in assigning points to your credit score.
10/12/2020
Can Alternative Credit Data Help the Credit Invisible?

Can Alternative Credit Data Help the Credit Invisible?

“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.
10/08/2020
What’s the Difference Between Credit Repair and Adding Tradelines?

What’s the Difference Between Credit Repair and Adding Tradelines?

There is a disconnect between what is understood as traditional credit repair versus adding tradelines to your credit reports. Credit expert John Ulzheimer explains the difference in this article.
10/06/2020
Do Federal Laws Really Help Me Establish Credit? by John Ulzheimer

Do Federal Laws Really Help Me Establish Credit?

Do the FCRA and the CARD act help consumers to establish credit? Credit expert John Ulzheimer weighs in.
10/04/2020
person writing common mistakes when purchasing tradelines

Common Mistakes Made When Buying Tradelines

Use our list of common mistakes to make sure you get the most out of your tradelines. Don't make the same mistakes we've seen before!
10/04/2020
Don’t I Have the Right to a Credit Report? by John Ulzheimer

Don’t I Have the Right to a Credit Report?

Do consumers have the right to certain credit report information or even the right to a credit report at all? Credit expert John Ulzheimer explains the answer to this important question.
10/02/2020
Are Revolving Accounts More Powerful Than Installment Accounts?

Are Revolving Accounts More Powerful Than Installment Accounts?

Revolving accounts and installment accounts are both important for building credit, but they do not have an equal influence on your credit score. Which type of account is more powerful for your score?
09/28/2020
How Are Authorized User Tradelines Considered by Credit Scoring Systems? By John Ulzheimer

How Are Authorized User Tradelines Considered by Credit Scoring Systems?

Just like primary accounts, authorized user tradelines can help or hurt your credit score, depending on how they are managed.
09/24/2020
How to Increase Your Credit Limit

How to Increase Your Credit Limit

If you have credit cards with low limits, you may want to increase your credit limit. In this article, we cover everything you need to know about how to get a higher credit limit.
09/20/2020

FICO Resilience Index: Should You Be Worried? [Infographic]

The FICO Resilience Index is a new type of credit score designed to help lenders better evaluate credit risk in today’s shaky economy. Should you be worried about your Resilience Index rating?
09/18/2020
credit card cpn how they work

What Is a CPN?

A “CPN” or “CPN number” might sound like a good solution if you have had trouble with your credit and want to “start fresh.” However, CPNs are not what they are marketed to be. Learn the truth about CPNs and why you should avoid them.
09/15/2020
How to Get an 850 Credit Score | Tradeline Supply Company, LLC

How to Get an 850 Credit Score [Infographic]

An 850 credit score is the highest possible credit score. What does it take to achieve the perfect credit score?
09/13/2020

Credit Expert: Can Authorized User Tradelines Build Credit?

Authorized user tradelines can be a fantastic way to build your credit reports and credit scores, according to credit expert John Ulzheimer.
09/10/2020
The interest rate of a credit card, expressed as the APR, is important to be aware of if you ever carry a balance on the card.

What Is the Difference Between Individual and Overall Credit Utilization Ratios?

What is the difference between your overall credit utilization ratio and individual credit utilization ratios and why does it matter to your credit?
09/09/2020
What is the "right" number of credit cards?

What’s the “Right” Number of Credit Cards?

What is the right number of credit cards to have in your credit file? Credit expert John Ulzheimer explains the answer.
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