Financial Education

From Subpar to Stellar: 5 Ways to Credit Success

Posted on Apr 08 2015 by

A recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many people are confused and frustrated about how to check credit reports and scores and they feel they lack information to take action to improve their credit histories. I have to admit that I was not surprised by some of the survey’s results, and I suspect my colleagues in financial literacy weren’t either. We devote our careers to educating consumers, financial educators and businesses about how to empower people to understand credit and the role it plays in their everyday lives. But it’s a steep uphill climb.

As a new federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a relative newcomer to the financial literacy arena, but many of the people working in its education division have years of knowledge and experience in the field. I’ve met and worked with a number of them, and I have great respect for the focus they are bringing to such an important issue.

Many others — in the public sector like the Federal Trade Commission, and non-profits like the Mission Asset Fund and the Consumer Federation of America’s America Saves, and companies like Experian — invest in, conduct and work together on programs with the sole focus of helping people become more financially capable.

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Experian Named Organization of the Year for Financial Literacy

Posted on Apr 06 2015 by

IFL22 Label Final

Experian® has been named the “Organization of the Year” and presented with the Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award by the Institute For Financial Literacy during the Annual Conference on Financial Education in San Antonio.

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Championing Consumers to Financial Literacy

Posted on Mar 31 2015 by

Financial Education

Are you in the dark with your finances? Take control this April during Financial Literacy Month and join Experian as we provide education and resources to help light the way to financial literacy.

Experian is a long-time advocate for financial education and empowerment for consumers. As a result, we are teaming with the Jump$tart Coalition® this month to encourage people to take time to think and talk about their own money matters. We want to encourage people to take full advantage of all of the available resources designed to improve their financial literacy and well-being.

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Taxes in the Digital Millennium: Keeping Your Information Safe

Posted on Feb 02 2015 by

With the New Year in full swing, it’s time to start turning thoughts to pulling together all the financial documents you’ll need to prep for tax time. A recent survey commissioned by Experian’s ProtectMyID shows that more and more consumers continue to file their taxes electronically – an estimated 81 percent of respondents plan to do so in 2015—but some are still unaware of the nature of tax-related identity theft (16 percent).

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Experian Celebrates its 100th #CreditChat on Wednesday

Posted on Jan 13 2015 by

Have you heard of #CreditChat?

#CreditChat is an online discussion that happens on Twitter and YouTube every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. It’s an educational and fun hour when we discuss credit and money issues with consumers, personal finance writers, academics, and financial organizations.

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Credit or Debit? Which one will save you $159K?

Posted on Nov 18 2014 by

Bankcard lending is trending upward, according to the 2014 Experian “State of Credit” report. One in 17 consumers obtained at least one bankcard this year, compared with one in 21 people back in 2013.

Consumers now carry an average of 2.18 bankcards apiece (an increase of 4.2 percent), and an average of 1.54 retail cards (a jump of 6.7 percent).

In other words, credit availability is on the rise. Can we do it smarter this time?

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Good credit – an invaluable asset to businesses

Posted on Nov 17 2014 by

With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, Experian wants to remind small business owners why it is important to have good business credit. Good credit scores – they’re not just for consumers. Businesses need them, too.

According to a recent Experian survey, only 33 percent of small business owners said they were able to get the capital they need to maintain satisfactory cash flow. Good business credit can help business owners receive the funding they need, as well as help them earn more favorable terms and lower interest rates.

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Experian Consumer Services Launches Spanish-Language Credit Product

Posted on Oct 08 2014 by

Experian Consumer Services in association with Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, recently launched a Spanish-language, credit-focused product and online financial resource center for the U.S. Hispanic community called Crédito y Más.

The new product was developed to improve Hispanics access to credit education and resources. With Crédito y Más, consumers can check their credit score, receive a credit report, and have credit monitoring, among other benefits and access the information in Spanish or English. One of the most valuable features is the Centro de Información™, a robust resource center with articles, videos, financial calculators, a glossary of key credit terms and more.

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