Financial Education

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?


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.


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.


Experian ProtectMyID Survey: 93 percent of respondents believe that identity theft is a growing problem

Posted on Oct 01 2014 by

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Experian’s ProtectMyID® issued its new survey results about cybersecurity. The study, conducted by Edelman Berland, reveals areas where consumers’ identities are the most at risk, including electronic devices and online accounts. The findings show that 93 percent of respondents believe that identity theft is a growing problem yet are not doing enough to address the issue.


[INFOGRAPHIC] Debunking credit myths

Posted on Sep 18 2014 by

School is back in session, but many people still have questions about a subject that is rarely taught in the classroom: their credit. Through its credit education portal, Experian provides people who have questions about credit reports or credit scores with a simple, convenient way to learn more about credit.


Join Experian at #FinCon14 in New Orleans

Posted on Sep 16 2014 by

Experian is proud to be one of the sponsors and participate in the FinCon 2014 conference, taking place September 18-21 in New Orleans, Louisiana. FinCon is an opportunity for financial media to come together to learn what’s trending in personal finance, share best practices for successful social engagement and how, as a community we can […]


Experian conducts analysis with Credit Builders Alliance and confirms value of credit building to the financially vulnerable

Posted on Sep 16 2014 by

The following article is a guest post from Dara Duguay, executive director, Credit Builders Alliance.

A good credit history is crucial in today’s economy. Far more than just a number, a good credit score can make the difference in being able to access the affordable lending products necessary to go to college, buy a home, or start and grow a small business. Renting an apartment, paying for car insurance, signing up for utilities and even landing a job can also be affected by a person’s credit history – or the absence of one.


Perspectives on Debt and Education

Posted on Sep 09 2014 by

The following article is a guest post from Paul Combe, President and CEO of Boston-based American Student Assistance.

According to recent Experian research, student loans were the only type of consumer debt to increase during the recession, growing 84 percent from 2008 to 2014. Today, 40 million Americans carry college loans. The average borrower has nearly four different student loans for a total of $29,000.

Keeping track of multiple loan payments and high debt can mean a rough financial start for newly minted college graduates. Evidence is mounting that student debt could be getting in the way of our economic recovery, as growing numbers of millennials delay forming their own households under the weight of their student debt burden.


CBA Symposium: Experian discusses credit building for unbanked consumers

Posted on Jul 18 2014 by

As many as 54 million Americans cannot access traditional, low cost credit because they have insufficient or no credit history. That fact often forces them to turn to high-cost financial resources, or worse, become trapped in a cycle of predatory lending.

Credit Builders Alliance, an organization committed to helping non-traditional financial and asset building organizations serve low and moderate income individuals, recently was host to an invitation-only credit building symposium that brought together representatives from non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations to begin a dialogue about how we can all work together to address this pressing issue.


Experian® and Clear Channel Partnership Makes Waves

Posted on May 23 2014 by

Experian® is pleased to announce its partnership with Clear Channel and the premiere of its iHeart Radio show, Credit & Finance Talk with Experian, which is already gaining lots of listeners.


Are you concerned your child is a fraud victim? [Infographic]

Posted on Apr 30 2014 by

Did you know children are increasingly vulnerable to being a victim of identity theft? Their clean credit history is an easy target for perpetrators. Thieves often can profit for years before the crime is detected.

In general, minors should not have credit activity or a credit report until they apply for loans or a credit card. That said, it is possible that they may have a credit history if you have added them as an authorized user to your credit accounts during their teen years.


What is the difference between a fraud alert and security freeze? [Infographic]

Posted on Apr 16 2014 by

The Information Age transformed our way of life. It gives us new ways to communicate, have instant access to resources and the power to share information freely. Unfortunately the luxuries of this new age pose unique threats to consumers that were unconceivable in years past. It opens doors for thieves to capitalize on unsuspecting and innocent consumers. Fraud and identity theft is a booming business.

Fraud and identity theft are important concerns for people today. Understanding the tools available to help you prevent fraud and recover from it can help you reduce concerns about your personal information being compromised.


How to dispute items on your Experian credit report [Infographic]

Posted on Apr 09 2014 by

More than 20 years ago, Experian became the first credit bureau to create a consumer education program. We started the program because we wanted to arm consumers with the right information and resources to help them understand the fundamentals of credit management and the benefits of having good credit.


How to check your credit report [Infographic]

Posted on Apr 01 2014 by

Getting a copy of your credit report is the easiest first step to take control of your finances. A personal credit report contains details about your financial behavior and identification information. It is an easy-to-read summary of your credit accounts and total debt—both existing balances and available limits. Under federal law you are entitled to a copy of your credit report every twelve months. To obtain your credit report go to


Experian’s committed to financial literacy month…all year round

Posted on Apr 01 2014 by

Did you know that April is the official month for promoting financial literacy?

Being aware of your credit and where you stand is important all year long, but the next 30 days will be dedicated specifically to educating consumers on all aspects of personal finance from managing your credit, paying off debt and saving for your first home or child’s secondary education to how to invest and plan well for retirement.

We know how these topics can be overwhelming and intimidating. It’s one of the reasons that our weekly #CreditChat on twitter and Ask Experian column focuses on these subjects all year round. We want to give consumers the right resources and access to experts in an effort to help consumers change their financial behavior – that is part of our commitment.

Join us all month long in our special Google+ hangouts, tweet chats (#CreditChat), and visit our blog for some exciting new resources created just for you!


Experian offers expertise from its Global Consulting Practice to Ser Technology

Posted on Feb 24 2014 by

Agreement extends Experian data and consulting services to ProAct clients

Experian®, the leading global information services company, today announced an agreement with Ser Technology, developer of ProAct, a Web-based business intelligence consumer lending analysis and data warehousing solution. The agreement integrates Experian’s Global Consulting Practice expertise with ProAct providing SerTechnology’s credit union clients a 360 degree portfolio view, improving efficiency in the delivery of portfolio risk management decisioning.

“We’re excited to collaborate and work more closely with Experian,” said Douglas White, executive vice president of business development at Ser Technology. “Credit unions are overwhelmed with increased risk management compliance burdens as well as executing strategic portfolio risk management strategies. With Experian, credit unions can now leverage ProAct and Experian data and business consulting for strategic portfolio risk management solutions.”


Experian continues to be recognized for its commitment to financial literacy and consumer education

Posted on Jan 30 2014 by

Experian North America CEO Victor Nichols recently was recognized by the Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Orange County, California, as its 2014 Community Hero of the Year for his commitment to consumer financial literacy.

Mr. Nichols and Experian are proud to have been honored with this award. Experian has long been committed to consumer financial literacy and removing the mystery surrounding credit reports and scores, and that commitment has not wavered.


Has your credit account been compromised? Experian has advice for you.

Posted on Dec 21 2013 by

When a criminal steals your account number and security code, they often are planning to use that account to make purchases. Your credit report is not consulted for purchase transactions.

So, in such cases, you should consider contacting your card issuer and request a new account number. At minimum, you should check your account online to see if there has been any activity which you do not recognize.

If the criminal’s goal is to open new accounts in your name, then it is likely that one of your three credit reports would be accessed by the potential lender. In that case, you may want to consider adding an alert to your reports.

Fraud alerts are special statements consumers can have added to their credit report if they have reason to believe they may be a fraud victim or know that they have been victimized.


Protecting Your Credit history After a Large Data Breach

Posted on Dec 20 2013 by

News of the Target stores security breach has caused many people to ask what they can do to protect themselves from misuse of their stolen identification information.

The system of fraud alerts that has been in place for decades in the credit reporting systems was designed specifically to help people who are identity theft victims, or have reason to believe they may be, to stop credit fraud resulting from that identity theft.

In the Target incident and similar data breaches, neither a temporary security alert nor a fraud victim statement on your credit report will stop the thief from using your credit card account.

But the alerts may help protect affected consumers from new credit fraud if the identity thief attempts to open new credit accounts using their stolen information.

These services are available at no charge to anyone who is a victim of identity theft, or who has reason to believe they may be a victim:


A Glimpse at the Largest Metropolitan Areas’ State of Credit [Infographic]

Posted on Nov 27 2013 by

Experian’s fourth annual State of Credit features nationwide data on how four different generations are managing their debts. To provide a more detailed picture of how the nation is faring, we also analyzed over 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Below are two snapshots of average credit scores and debt for the largest metropolitan areas. This study is an opportunity for consumers to better understand how credit works so they can make more informed financial decisions and live credit smart even in the face of national economic challenges. View our interactive map to learn more.


Average Debt in Largest Metropolitan Areas [Infographic]

Posted on Nov 27 2013 by

A glimpse at average debt in the largest metropolitan areas …


View interactive map: Experian’s Fourth Annual State of Credit Report


Credit Scores in Largest Metropolitan Areas [Infographic]

Posted on Nov 27 2013 by

A glimpse at credit scores in the largest metropolitan areas …

View our interactive map: Experian’s Fourth Annual State of Credit Reportf Credit, 2013


Money-Saving Holiday Shopping Tips from Favorite Personal Finance Writers

Posted on Nov 26 2013 by

Do you want to buy gifts for friends and family this holiday season?

Check out these great holiday shopping tips from some of our favorite personal finance writers:

1. Think experience over tangible items

Stay sane. I’m not kidding. It’s so easy to lose control and get wrapped up in the feeling of needing everything. Back up and question each purchase. Especially gifts. By March, very few people even remember what they got in December – so is it worth overspending for? Think experience over tangible items. If you’re going to drop some cash, do a party or a trip. That’s what people recall and often value.

Right now I’m big into Groupon. I love the goods and getaways Amazing deals!

Erica Sandberg is one of the nation’s foremost personal finance authorities. She is editor at large for the Bankrate Inc.‘s subsidiary Credit Card Guide and a columnist and reporter for


Greatest Generation Earns More Bragging Rights

Posted on Nov 25 2013 by

This guest post is by Gail Cunningham, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations.

Experian’s recent State of Credit Study revealed that The Greatest Generation has something else to brag about: responsibly managing credit. And that’s no small achievement considering that some of these folks have 50 or more years of credit history under their belt. That’s a lot of on-time payments.

If you fall into the 65+ age bracket, congratulations! You’ve done a lot right. Now let’s keep a good thing going. Here are some tips to help you stay financially healthy moving forward:


Why Does Generation X Have Lifestyle Envy?

Posted on Nov 22 2013 by

This guest post is from Ted Jenkin, CFP®. Ted is co-CEO of oXYGen Financial and is a top ranked personal finance blogger ( He is a regular contributor to Investment News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

It’s official. For years and years everyone has labeled my generation (Generation X) the slacker generation. We were the ones that really started on the video game revolution with games like Pong and Atari and now we have relegated ourselves to worst in class when it comes to overall debt.