Credit Basics

  1. Cosigner vs. Authorized User: Which Do You Need?

    Although complex, the ins and outs of consumer credit aren’t actually that hard to understand. Unfortunately, the vast amount of lingo and jargon inherent in finance can often make it feel as though you’re trying to put together a puzzle without all the pieces.

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  2. Building Credit from Scratch – The Dos and Don’ts

    A secured credit card uses a cash deposit as collateral. Normally, the cash deposit will be equivalent to the spending limit on the credit card. This allows the issuer to lower their risk taking on a new credit card user. The collateral works as a back-up plan for the credit card issuer; if the credit card bill isn’t paid on time, the issuer can use the deposit to pay off the balance.

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  3. How to Execute a Balance Transfer – and Actually Save Money

    If you have high interest credit card debt, personal loan debt, or other mounting bills, a balance transfer credit card could be the answer to your prayers. Once you qualify for a balance transfer credit card, you can score 0 percent APR on transferred balances for anywhere from 12 – 21 months. Best of all, some balance transfer credit cards offer low fees or even no fees to consumers who qualify.

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  4. 5 Lessons You Can Learn From a Bad Entry-Level Job

    When I graduated from school, I worked for a small, privately-owned business. And it was awful. I was supposed to be a writer, but they insisted I also act as the janitor, cleaning the bathroom and storage areas. The owner literally screamed a lot and relished employees’ tears. It was a terrible experience, and I was miserable. However, I did learn a lot from that short period of employment. Those lessons helped me later in my career.

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  5. Myth Busted: No, Opening New Credit Cards Won't Bomb Your Credit Score

    Credit card signup bonuses are often considered the holy grail of affordable travel. Sign up for a new rewards credit card or travel credit card, hit a minimum spending requirement, and earn a bonus big enough to pay for several hotel nights or a free round-trip flight. If you’re into cash-back instead, you can also parlay your rewards into several hundred dollars in statement credits instead.

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  6. How to Establish (or Reestablish) Good Credit

    Your credit rating, or how much of a risk it is to lend you money, is generally determined by your FICO score. This is a score that ranges from 300 to 850, and higher scores indicate a better credit rating and make it more likely that you will be able to obtain loans. To have any credit score at all, you'll need to have at least one credit account where a creditor reports on your activities to credit bureaus open for a minimum of six months.

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  7. Protect Your Pocketbook: Your Identity Theft Prevention Checklist

    If I said that identity theft is no fun, it would be a lot like telling you the sky is blue and water is wet — a bit of an understatement. Identity theft is one of the most devastating things that can happen financially, but it’s also far more common than a lot of people realize. About 15 million U.S. consumers were affected by identity fraud in 2016, according to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research. In total, about $16 billion was stolen from those victims.

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  8. How Your Credit Score May Affect Your Job Search

    If you’re interviewing for a new job, you know the importance of a polished resume, personalized cover letter, professional interview attire, and preparedness. One of the most overlooked factors that can affect your chances of getting a job is your credit.

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  9. Making Sense Of Your Credit Score

    Several factors influence a credit score and how the score is determined. The higher the credit score the better chance the consumer will have to be approved for lower interest loans and prime credit cards. Along with approval odds, your credit score may have a factor in whether you are hired for your dream job or utility rates for cable, internet, etc. In this infographic, you’ll find a rundown of the different aspects that make up your credit score and how you can improve your score. Read on

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  10. 6 Credit Myths That Won't Go Away

    Do you find your credit score and credit reports to be a little bit mysterious? If so, then you’re not alone. The companies that create credit scores use secret formulas, and everyone else is left to guess what’s in it. Furthermore, there are many aspects of credit scores that are counterintuitive and seem to defy common sense. As a result, there are plenty of myths that have persisted about credit and credit scores.

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  11. Credit Score Vs. Credit Report, What's The Difference?

    Credit can be very confusing. Americans can be granted or denied a loan and have very little understanding why. In addition, you have to make a special request to view your own credit report, and it can be dozens of pages long and almost appear to be written in a different language.

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  12. What is a Credit Score?

    If aliens judged us by our commercials, they’d probably assume everyone were interested in pharmaceuticals, luxury cars, and credit scores. Many advertisements urge viewers to know their credit rating by heart.

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  13. 6 Ways to Build Your Credit History

    When I graduated from college, apartment shopping was a nightmare. I had a good job, a decent entry-level salary and I was only looking for a small studio, yet I couldn’t get approved on my own. Because I had been starkly anti-debt and never had a credit card or car loan, I had something worse than a low credit score--I had no credit at all.

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  14. 3 Ways to Help Improve your Credit Score

    Your Credit Score is very important and having a low score can affect you in more ways than one. Whether you’re buying a home or applying for a credit card, having a low credit score can impact your Annual Percentage Rate (APR), as well as determine if you are able to get a loan or approved for the credit card.

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  15. Product Spotlight’s from CreditSoup

    CreditSoup works with several lenders and merchants to provide you with a variety of financial products and services. We will highlight programs with information to educate you on the specific benefits and features the product or lender has to offer.

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