19,178 Identity Theft Victims Per Day - Are You One Of Them?

Identity theft statistics are shocking. And we are told that it will only become worse, before it gets any better. Are you likely to be affected? According to recent studies, up to 7,000,000 people become identity theft victims each year, in the United States alone. That's over 19,000 cases a... Read More

Credit Damage: Getting Compensated for Your Loss

Until recently lawyers for victims of credit damage had little possibility to collect for damages beyond medical treatment, lost wages and property loss. Insurance companies threw up their hands in sympathy, claiming victims can only be compensated for what can be measured - tangible goods and services. But, what happens... Read More

3 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score by 50 Points In Less Than 30 Days

In Less Than 30 Days. "What can you do to increase that set of three numbers on your credit report that can be so important with your financing?" I came across this question as I was surfing discussion groups the other day. Check out my answer: Dear Friend, Here are... Read More

To Repair Credit Is No longer Satisfactory - Learn How To Earn A Millionaires Credit In 30 Days...

To repair your bad credit does not necessarily mean that you now have a good credit, absolutely not. When most people have bad credit, they either purchase a credit repair book or seek a credit expert help. But before you do anything about your bad credit you need to understand... Read More

4 Steps to Creating Good Credit

As a consumer you've learned the importance of establishing a good credit rating with your lenders. Whether you are shopping for a new home or auto, or searching for the best deals on insurance, your credit worthiness will be judged by your credit rating or credit score.A bad credit history... Read More

Beware of Falling Minimum Payments

If you opened a credit card statement recently and were pleasantly surprised to find that your minimum payment due was lowered, don't be so quick to "jump for joy". What may appear as a small boost to your monthly budget is actually the rock that can weigh you down in... Read More

Convenience Can Be Costly

You've just opened your credit card bill and attached to your statement you find a "convenience check" included. It may already be filled out with a dollar amount such as $300, $500, or even $1,000. Your mind fills with ideas of what you could buy with this "instant" money. A... Read More

Credit Repair Scams

"Erase Bad Debt !""Remove Negative Items From Your Credit Report"You've probably seen these headlines and others just like it promising to clean up or "fix" bad credit. For someone who suffers from a bad or poor credit rating, these headlines are certainly an appealing offer.Imagine finally being able to buy... Read More

Debit Card vs. Credit Card, What Are The Differences ?

Ah, the "good old days". If you are a baby boomer, like me, then you probably remember how important it was to rush to the bank on payday. You had to get there before the teller lanes closed so that you could have your "cash allowance" for the week. Otherwise,... Read More

How Healthy Is Your Credit

There's only one way to discover the "health" of your credit. You need to examine your credit report. Your credit report is your "consumer identity" that potential lenders will use to judge your credit worthiness.Use these tips to give your credit profile the "tune-up" it needs for 2004.Tip #1- Check... Read More

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A secured credit card can help to establish or mend credit
Washington Post
As the old saying goes, no man's credit is as good as his money. And yet we live in a society that judges our ability to get credit — and in many cases a job, insurance and even a security clearance — on the basis of our credit behavior. Following a ...
Some tips for your good creditDallas Morning News
Fewer students trapped by credit card debtASU Herald

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New York Times

Getting Pay and Credit for a Legal Education
New York Times
Should law students in externships have to choose between compensation and course credit? Karsten Moran for The New York Times. The American Bar Association prohibits law students from receiving pay for internships and externships that grant them ...


Wall Street Journal

Credit Suisse Loans Draw Fed Scrutiny
Wall Street Journal
The letter to Credit Suisse, known as a Matters Requiring Immediate Attention, found problems with the bank's adherence to guidance issued last year, warning banks to avoid deals that included too much debt or too few protections for the lenders in ...
Credit Suisse loans under US Fed scrutiny: WSJReuters
Credit Suisse loans draw U.S. scrutinyMarketWatch
Credit Suisse Warned By US RegulatorsBidness ETC
CFO Magazine -NASDAQ
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Top Websites For Checking Your Credit Scores
Investopedia
While you can check your credit reports from each of the major credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion – for free once every 12 months at www.AnnualCreditReport.com, the free reports don't contain your credit score. Lenders and creditors ...
If your credit score's great, don't toil to add a few pointsBoston Globe
What Sets Top Credit Scores Apart From the Rest?Huffington Post
Reader Question: Does Applying for a Balance Transfer Card Hurt Your Credit?The Dough Roller

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CBS Local

Banks, Credit Unions Start Reissuing Cards Following Home Depot Breach
Wall Street Journal
It wasn't immediately clear how many cards have been reissued, if the institutions had actually seen fraudulent transactions on those cards, or whether the cards were just at risk for fraud. Home Depot said last week that its payment systems were ...
Home Depot Breach May Mean New Credit Cards For ManyCBS Local
UPDATE 2-JPMorgan Chase replaces some credit cards after Home Depot breachReuters
Chase Proactively Replacing Some Debit, Credit Cards Involved In Home Depot ...The Consumerist
CBS46 News Atlanta -CBS News -Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
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Variety

Gov. Jerry Brown to sign California film tax credit bill
Los Angeles Times
Jerry Brown is poised to put his signature to a bill that would triple annual funding for California's film and TV tax credit program. Brown announced he will sign the bill into law on Thursday at a ceremony in Los Angeles, capping a yearlong campaign ...
California Governor Signs Expansion of State Film and TV Tax CreditVariety
Hooray For Hollywood! Gov. Brown Signs Film & TV Tax Credit BillDeadline.com
Gov. Brown to sign Film/TV production tax credit bill in Hollywood89.3 KPCC (blog)
Sacramento Bee
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Bad credit? Tips on how you can finance a new car
CBS News
Let's say big credit card balances and some late payments have hurt your credit score while problems with your car make you worry about getting to work dependably. Unlikely as it seems, you may be able to get a new car loan. "Contrary to conventional ...


The Top 3 Credit Cards for Studying Abroad
Huffington Post
If you plan to study abroad this year, relying strictly on cash and debit cards can be a gamble. Cash can easily be stolen. Debit cards can charge foreign transaction fees and don't have the same protections as credit cards. Rather than relying on cash ...

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Wall Street Journal

Credit Suisse Sitting Out Grocery Outlet Buyout
Wall Street Journal
Credit Suisse elected to skip Hellman & Friedman LLC's planned acquisition of Grocery Outlet Inc., announced Tuesday, the people said. The bank recently received a warning letter from the Federal Reserve, known as a "Matters Requiring Immediate ...

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MarineMax credit deal with GE Capital expands
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The expanded credit facility has a three-year term, expiring in August 2017, and two, one-year options to renew subject to lender approval. MarineMax is using its inventory and related accounts receivable to secure the facility; its real estate is not ...
GE Capital Leads $235MM Credit Facility for MarineMaxABL Advisor

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