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302 results 10/18/2019
You’ve got credit questions and we’ve got suggestions. Every day, we get dozens of questions on our blog—more than we can possibly respond to personally. That’s why we’ve brought in Tiff. She has more than a decade of experience working at financial institutions and has plenty of insight to offer, no matter your credit question.... . 10/07/2019
The annual deadline to file your federal income tax return is typically April 15. If you miss this deadline, there can be consequences, but the type of penalty depends on several circumstances, including: Did you request a tax extension? Do you qualify for a refund? Do you owe taxes? Here’s everything you need to know... . 10/02/2019
Yes, home equity lines of credit (HELOC) can have an impact on your credit score. Whether that impact to your credit score is negative or positive depends on how you manage your HELOC. It also depends on your overall financial situation and ability to make timely payments on any amount you borrow via your home equity line of credit.... . 10/01/2019
The average student loan debt has risen to $31,172, which can be a heavy weight over individuals who are ready to move on and experience life. Ignoring student loan payments for more interesting pursuits may be tempting, but defaulting on your student loans can have disastrous consequences, including wage garnishment. If you’re one of... . 09/30/2019
With the average student loan debt for 2017 graduates creeping up to $28,650 and the total student debt hitting $1.52 million and climbing, those big payments are budget busters for Millennials and Gen Xers alike. One option to delay paying your student loans debt is to take out a deferment. But how does deferring student loans affect credit? The short answer is that it doesn’t.... . 09/26/2019
Credit cards can open numerous doors of opportunities, and many even offer great cash-back rewards. But credit cards can also give you a good defense against untrustworthy online sellers. In the event of a dispute with a merchant, it provides the ultimate ace up your sleeve: the chargeback. What Is a Credit Chargeback? If... . 09/24/2019
No one can really predict when the next recession will hit, but data shows that the US experiences recession, on average, every three years. Since the Great Recession ended ten years ago in 2009, some experts suggest we are overdue for another recession. While a natural part of the economy, recession is a scary and... . 09/18/2019
With interest rates steadily climbing since after the recession of 2007, it’s important to be aware of what is a good interest rate when you’re planning on financing, whether it’s for a car, a home or your education. Take a closer look at what’s happening with interest rates in 2019 below and how you can... . 09/17/2019
Owning a home is expensive enough without including costly home repairs. You want to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise, but you also don’t want to put a big strain on your budget. Here’s how you can budget for home repairs without breaking the bank. Contribute to a Home Repair Fund When setting... . 09/12/2019 15:03
Life insurance offers protection for your family’s financial security. Many people buy themselves a life insurance policy that will protect their family. It’s also possible for people to purchase life insurance policies for someone else. For example, children can purchase policies for their parents and vice versa. Life insurance coverage offers valuable financial protection. You... . 09/11/2019
When you’re trying to conquer unpaid debts sent to collections, two of the biggest obstacles you face are coming up with enough money to pay off the debt and negotiating a payment plan or settlement you can afford. Once you’ve accomplished these tasks, you may still be wondering how you pay collections to a debt... . 09/04/2019
Having a wallet full of plastic can be a big temptation to overspend, which can lead to missed payments and a decreased credit score. If too many credit cards have you busting your budget, this might be a good reason for credit card closure. On the flip side, closing a credit card may hurt your credit score by messing... . 09/03/2019
You don’t have a separate rating called a mortgage credit score, but lenders do look at your score, credit history and several other factors when deciding whether to approve you for a home loan. Contrary to what some people think, though, you don’t necessarily need an excellent or good credit score to get a home loan. How high your score... .

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