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Understand, Build and Manage Your Credit

Credit plays an important role in your life – affecting the purchases you make and much more. The more insight you have about credit, the easier it is to strengthen your financial well-being.

Learn how to successfully manage your credit rating and protect against credit fraud.

Survey Results: Americans’ Financial Outlook

January 14, 2017

How will the outcome of the 2016 presidential election affect the economy and the financial well-being of individual Americans?

Audio: Keeping Debt Down During the Holidays

December 16, 2016

With the bustle of the holidays, it’s too easy to lose track of your seasonal spending. How will you keep a handle on expenses this year?

Audio: What Happens if I Don’t Pay My Credit Card Bill?

December 16, 2016

It can be all too tempting to let a credit card payment slide during the busiest times of the year. Curious about what happens when you do?

Our End-of-year Charitable Giving Guide

December 15, 2016

Thinking about giving back? If you’re on the hunt to give, ensure your funds reach those most in need.

Is it better to pay the cards with the highest interest rate first or the most debt?

December 8, 2016

There is no “right” way to pay down your debt as long as you are making your payments on time. You should use whichever method works best for you...

How long does information stay on your credit score?

December 8, 2016

The length of time that information stays on your credit report depends on the type of information. Here’s a brief list of items and how long they will stay...

Can you talk about inquiries? What are inquiries?

December 8, 2016

An inquiry is simply a record that someone has looked at your credit report. There are two types of inquiries: soft and hard. Soft inquiries Soft inquiries are inquiries...

Fighting Holiday Identity Theft: Travel and More

November 30, 2016

Looking to avoid a side of identity theft along with your Christmas ham? Make sure you’re keeping things in trim with these best practices.

Quiz: Your Holiday Spending Profile

November 19, 2016

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.

Holiday Shopping Survey Results

November 19, 2016

A survey by Experian shows that holiday expenses can be hard. Find out the survey results and get tips for better budgeting.

What’s the highest FICO score achievable?

November 10, 2016

The highest credit score depends on the scoring system the lender is using. There are many different credit scores with many different score ranges. FICO is perhaps the best...

Does an overdraft on my checking account affect my credit score?

November 10, 2016

Checking account overdrafts do not directly affect your credit scores. However, if the overdraft amount is sent to collections it could appear in your credit report and hurt your...

Survey Results: Americans’ Financial Outlook

How will the outcome of the 2016 presidential election affect the economy and the financial well-being of individual Americans?