While you can use aÂ debit card toÂ pay for almost all the things you would use a credit card for, these cards aren’t the same type of thing. AÂ debit card is tied to existingÂ money, either prepaid on the card itself or in your savings orÂ checking account. A credit card lets you make purchases on credit, and… Read More
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Since the National Consumer Assistance Plan went into effect in 2017, public records must meet strict requirements in order to appear on consumer credit reports. Civil judgments and tax liens do not meet these new requirements, so they were removed from credit reports. At this point, the only derogatory public record that should appear on… Read More
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Article originally published July 13th, 2016. Updated October 30th, 2018. More people are opting to lease their new set of wheels instead of purchasing them, according toÂ Q2 2018 data from Experian. The number of auto loans grewÂ to an all-time high, with leasing surpassed 30% of all new consumer vehicle sales. But the interest ratesÂ consumers are… Read More
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Your credit score can affect many aspects of your lifeâfrom getting a loan to getting a job or getting a house. Good credit is necessary for sound finances and many major purchases. But there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to building good credit. You must start by establishing credit, then embrace responsible credit habits… Read More
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Weâve had many readers write in after a divorce and ask how to split their assets with an ex-spouse. One of the most common questions is how to remove an ex or another cosigner from a car loan and title. Hereâs how to go about it. Whatâs the Role of a Cosigner? It can be… Read More
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Final expense insurance is typically a small whole life insurance policy where the proceeds are earmarked specially for funeral and other end of life expenses. Ultimately, the net result will be a tax-free cash payment to a beneficiary(s). Most insurance companies aim to pay claims within a few days since they know the funds are… Read More
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You apply for a credit card and the bank sends you one when you’re approved. Whether it’s a Visa, a MasterCard or another type of payment card doesn’t factor into the process. Or does it? Find out whether you should choose Visa or MasterCard when applying for credit cards and what other information you should… Read More
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According to Experian, the average credit score in the United States was just over 700 in 2019. Thatâs considered a good credit scoreâand if you want a good credit score, you have to consider your revolving utilization. Revolving utilization measures the amount of revolving credit limits that you are currently using, and it accounts for… Read More
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Credit cards, interest rates, loans, even where you liveâthese all depend on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, youâre more likely to get better financial offers. But if you have a low or nonexistent score, the chances of getting prime financial offers are pretty slim. If you have low or nonexistent… Read More
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Youâre in the market for a new car but youâve been denied an auto loan. Now what? Hereâs what you need to know about why you may have been denied and what to do to make sure it doesnât happen again. Why Do I Keep Getting Denied for Auto Loans? Unfortunately, there are many reasons… Read More
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