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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.

Audio: Talking Real Estate Investment with Mindy Jensen from BiggerPockets

June 19, 2017

Check out this podcast where Mindy Jensen joins us to chat about real estate investing. She is an author at BiggerPockets.com and writes about a variety of topics related...

Audio: Joint Accounts and Your Credit

June 19, 2017

It’s one of the most common misconceptions about credit: knowing how the finer points of joint accounts work. Many people think that as you start to merge your finances...

Avoiding Summer Identity Theft: 5 Must-know Steps

June 15, 2017

While the details of flights, hotels and activities are top of mind for most travelers, many forget to take simple steps before they travel to protect their identity.

Survey Findings: Are Consumers Making It Easier for Identity Thieves?

May 10, 2017

Identity theft is frustrating, confusing, and benefits from a lot of misconceptions according to new survey information. The results also point to the general lack of urgency around identity...

Audio: 4 Financial Readiness Tips for Veterans & Military Families

May 5, 2017

Military service members face unique financial challenges with the nature of their work. Discover tips that can help you save today and plan for the future.

What Should You Know About the Dark Web?

May 2, 2017

Learn more about what the dark web is, and why it should matter to you as a part of your identity protection strategy.

Getting Better at Credit: Emergency Funds

April 20, 2017

How can an emergency fund help protect the health of your credit? Learn more about how it can help you protect the credit you're working to improve.

Can Credit Help Improve Your Everyday Life?

April 12, 2017

Discover why your use of credit today can help prepare your finances for the big purchases in your future, and how your credit activities play a role.

How can you check your minor child’s credit report if you suspect illegal activity?

April 4, 2017

If you are concerned that someone may have used your minor child’s identification information fraudulently, you can request a copy of your child’s credit report for free by following...

Are credit reports combined when you get married?

April 4, 2017

Credit reports are not merged when you get married. Each spouse maintains their own credit report with the accounts they had prior to entering the marriage. If only one...

How often does your credit report get updated?

April 4, 2017

Typically, lenders report your account information once a month, but each account on your report may be updated at different points throughout the month, depending on that creditor’s reporting...

How Much Americans Owe on Their Mortgages in Every State

March 31, 2017

The national average mortgage debt is $196,014, which has increased by an average of 2.5% from the prior year and up 6.4% from 9 years ago. Residents of Washington...

Does closing an account hurt your credit?

March 30, 2017

Closing an account can affect your credit and make your credit scores temporarily drop. When you close an account, you lose the available credit limit on that account, which...

Who do you pay when an account has been sent to collections?

March 30, 2017

If your account was sent to collections, you will need to pay the collections agency directly. Once the account is sold or transferred to a collection agency, the collection...

How long after paying off a credit card will my credit score to go up?

March 30, 2017

It can take several months to see scores increase after paying off your credit card. The account will be updated at the end of the billing cycle in which...

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What Should You Know About the Dark Web?

Learn more about what the dark web is, and why it should matter to you as a part of your identity protection strategy.