Building Credit From Scratch

The panel included Rod Griffin: Senior Director, Consumer Education and Advocacy, Experian; Christina Roman: Consumer Education and Advocacy Manager at Experian; John Ulzheimer – Author and Credit Expert; Forbes Advisor; Beverly HarzogCredit Card Expert and Consumer Finance Analyst for U.S. News; Paulina Likos: Investing Reporter at U.S. News; Alicia R. Hudnett Reiss: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™; Todd Christensen: Education Manager at Money Fit by DRS; Alexandria White: Credit Cards Reporter at CNBC Select; Sara Rathner: Credit Card and Travel Expert, NerdWallet; Molly Ford-Coates: Founder, Ford Financial Management; Ryan Luke: Personal Finance Blogger; Gerri Detweiler: Director of Education at Nav Inc.; Kembala Evans: Financial Coach, Speaker, and Author; and Take Charge America

Questions We Discussed:

Q1: How do you check your credit scores?
Q2: Does checking your credit score lower it?
Q3: What affects your credit scores?
Q4: What are the benefits of having a good credit report and credit score?
Q5: What are the minimum requirements for a credit score?
Q6: What are some tips for establishing credit when you have no credit history?
Q7: How do you build credit with a credit card?
Q8: How do you build credit without a credit card?
Q9: What are some financial behaviors and credit mistakes to avoid?
Q10: Any last-minute tips for building credit from scratch?

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