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Paying Off Student Loans to Enjoy Life After College

Financial blogger Thom Fox reminds us that everyone learns about the power of credit at some point. Discover how pursuing higher education later on gave him a different approach to student spending. I went to college later in life than usual. During my youth, I was one of those kids who didn’t know what they […]

Your Credit and Housing: Survey Results

For many of us, buying a home is the single biggest purchase we’ll ever make. It also happens to be one of those crucial moments where it’s essential to know all you can about your credit. As the housing market continues to turn around in many areas, is this the year you’ll start to consider […]

Infographic: What’s Right When Your Identity is Stolen: Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert?

You discover that your identity has been compromised – what’s your next step? Maybe your information was part of a data breach, or your wallet was stolen. Either way, there are a few key identity protection options that pertain to your credit report. The last thing you’ll want to do is leave your records and accounts open to […]

Establishing Credit as a New Graduate: a First-Timer’s Guide

Financial blogger Ash Cash shares his guide to getting familiar with credit basics. Learning the ground rules today can come in handy down the road. In today’s world, if you want to achieve the American dream, chances are you’ll need good credit. When it comes to life’s “big purchases” (like a home or car) having […]

What are the 10 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make With Your Credit?

Good credit can literally open doors for you – like the doors to a new house or car. But bad credit can slam those same doors shut, lock them and throw away the key. Smart consumers protect their good credit by knowing when to use credit, when not to use it, and how to use it without […]

Will I Qualify For That Car Loan?

New vehicles can bring new credit responsibilities. Financial blogger Ash Cash shares tips on what you’ll need to consider when planning ahead for a new car loan. Buying a car is often the first big purchase many people make. If – like many Americans – you can’t pay cash for such a purchase, you may be […]

Credit Myths Debunked: Learning About Credit Misconceptions

Conquering bad information is never easy. Learn how financial blogger Kem Washington learned credit truths for herself to build credit confidence. I knew little to nothing about the importance of good credit when I was in college. Of course, I understood the need to pay my bills on time, but there were so many credit […]

3 Must-know Facts about Credit and VA Loans

VA home loans have helped millions of veterans, service members and military families become homeowners over the last seven decades. Today, in a time of tight credit and stagnant wages, this historic loan program is more important than ever. The signature benefit of VA loans is the ability to purchase a home with $0 down. They also […]

Video: What Do Lenders See When They Check My Credit?

What do lenders see when they request your credit report? It may surprise you to know that it may differ somewhat from what you see when you check your own credit. Getting more familiar with your own credit is always a good idea. Learn one of the best ways to make credit knowledge a priority […]

Video: What Is a FICO® Score and Why Is It Important?

You’ve probably heard of FICO® Scores before, but you may not have understood the value that they can have. Scores by FICO are used by the majority of lenders, so they’re a great indication of how your credit might look to a lender when they examine it. Learn more about why they confer real value, […]