Quiz: Your Holiday Spending Profile

Are you king of the holiday budget, or are you more of a true Scrooge? Test your knowledge of holiday spending and ID theft here.

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If I settle a debt, do I request the creditor to remove the negative feedback from your credit report?

August 4, 2016

You can always ask a creditor to remove negative information from your credit report, but you will probably find they won’t do that. Under federal law, and their agreements...

Are rent to own loans good for my credit?

August 4, 2016

Dear Readers, People often ask if rent-to-own loans help build a credit history. Unfortunately, the answer is no, because such loans are not currently reported to the credit reporting...

How does credit work?

August 4, 2016

Credit is an agreement you have with a lender to obtain goods or services that you then pay for at a later date under agreed upon terms specified in...

Can you explain bankruptcy?

August 2, 2016

There are two types of bankruptcy that typically appear on a credit report – Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. Under Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you repay a portion of the...

If I miss a payment, when will it be reported late on my credit report?

August 2, 2016

You must miss a full billing cycle before a payment is reported late on your credit report. That is usually about 30 days. Your credit report actually shows that...

How do you start to rebuild your credit?

August 2, 2016

There are a number of ways to start to rebuild your credit. Here is a list of three things you can do: Have your rent payments reported to Experian...

Is there a way to consolidate debt without ruining your credit?

August 2, 2016

The term “consolidation” is used to describe two very different credit-related services. Consolidation loan The first type of consolidation is a debt consolidation loan. Essentially, you go to a...

How does a short sale affect credit?

August 2, 2016

The term short sale does not appear on a credit report. The term short sale describes negotiating settlement of your mortgage debt for less than originally owed. Rather than...

Does college tuition show up on a parent’s account or both?

August 2, 2016

Tuition itself is not reported to the national credit reporting companies. However, if student loans are taken out to pay the tuition, the student loans would appear on both...

Can Rental Data Help Establish Your Credit?

August 2, 2016

Learn a new way that some of your payment information can be used to help generate a credit score for the first time.

What is a secured credit card and will it help my credit?

August 2, 2016

Dear Experian, I don’t have enough credit history to generate a score, so I got a secured card with a $500 limit.  I have been making small charges, less...

The FICO® Score Powered by Experian and You: Understanding Key Factors

July 29, 2016

When it comes to your credit scores, knowledge is power! Be an expert on the key factors of your FICO Score powered by Experian.