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

In The News:

Wall Street Journal

Federal Lawmakers Propose Credit Reporting Changes
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—A group of Democratic lawmakers is proposing a bill that would make it easier for people who got rid of credit-card debt using bankruptcy to fix inaccurate credit reports that don't reflect they have earned a clean financial slate. U.S. Sen.

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The Cheat Sheet

The 3 Biggest Factors That Affect Your Credit Score
The Cheat Sheet
Your credit score can greatly affect you if you decide to apply for a loan. When you have excellent credit you'll get the best interest rates and save hundreds of dollars in fees each year. Having top-notch credit shows potential lenders that you are ...
I Got a Perfect Credit Score: Here's How You Can Do It, TooDailyFinance
Hispanics' population rises, but their home ownership doesn'tKansas City Star

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Improving your credit score and avoiding credit schemes
Consumers can spot these when a service suggests abandoning a social security number as a primary source of identification, and instead using a new number they assign and call a “CPN” for “credit privacy number,” or “credit profile number.” In many ...

NerdWallet (blog)

Guide to Paying for Dental Care: Credit Cards and Beyond
NerdWallet (blog)
“The need for credit for dental patients is increasing,” says Dr. Matt Messina, a dentist and national spokesman for the American Dental Association. Even people with dental insurance find that procedures can quickly exceed the maximums, which are ...

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Why Bank Accounts Are Better Than Credit Cards for College Kids
If you want your college student to learn money management skills, get him or her a checkbook instead of a credit card. In fact, a recent survey of 42,000 first-year college students found that the earlier teenagers had access to credit cards, the less ...
COLUMN-Start college kids with bank accounts, not credit cardsReuters

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Fox Business

What Will Leave a Black Mark on My Credit Report?
Fox Business
When you're looking to apply for a loan, lenders place a major emphasis on your credit report. Your credit history includes your amount of debt and payment history, as well as other factors, and lenders look to your past credit behavior to see whether ...

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5 Cities with the Most Credit Card Debt
The Fiscal Times
The new study from CreditCards.com used credit report data from Experian to compare the average credit card debt in the 25 largest U.S. metro areas with each area's median income. It assumed that 15 percent of a person's monthly income would be spent ...
The cities where people have the most credit card debtWashington Post
It takes 16 months to pay off credit card balance in this cityCNNMoney
What cities have the highest credit card debt?CNBC
9NEWS.com -PhillyVoice.com -Dallas Business Journal
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KPRC Houston

Several charged in credit card fraud investigation
KPRC Houston
Several people have been charged in a sweeping credit card fraud investigation involving several Houston and Harris County restaurants. Detectives with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, US Postal Inspectors and fraud investigators with several banks ...

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Chattanooga Times Free Press

Fortner to take over as head of Tennessee Valley credit union as Strickland ...
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Fortner, a certified public accountant and graduate of Tennessee Tech University, joined the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in 2005 as chief financial officer after an extensive background in the financial services industry. Fortner began his ...
Blake Strickland Retires After 37-Year Career At Tennessee Valley Federal ...The Chattanoogan

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Chicago alderman urge lawmakers to deny Illinois tax credit for 'Chiraq'
Because of economic damage Burns contends the title will cause, he wants Illinois to deny Lee's access to a $3 million tax credit. Sen. Jackie Collins (D-Chicago) testified the high-unemployment neighborhoods where Chiraq is being filmed have already ...

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