Tips to Help You Improve Your Credit Score

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Join our #CreditChat on Twitter on Wednesday, April 10th, at 3 p.m ET. This week, we’re talking about ways you can improve your credit score.

Topic: Tips to Help You Improve Your Credit Score

When: April 10th, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET.  

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The panel will include: Rod Griffin: Director of Consumer Education and Awareness at Experian; Shashank Shekhar: CEO, Arcus Lending Inc; Miguel A. Suro, Esq.: Owner, RichMiser.com; Lance Cothern: Founder, MoneyManifesto.com; Paul Vachon: Owner, TheFrugalToad.com; Ms. C&CG, who writes under the name Annie Ray: Owner of Personal Finance blog Champagne & Capital Gains; and Kyle: Founder of Millionaire Mob.

  • Q1: What is a credit score?
  • Q2: How do you check your credit score and is it free?
  • Q3: How are credit scores calculated?
  • Q4: How often do credit scores change?
  • Q5: What is a good credit score?
  • Q6: What is the recommended total credit utilization rate?
  • Q7: Will you be penalized for shopping around for the best interest rate?
  • Q8: Can you get credit for making utility and cell phone payments on time?
  • Q9: Do you need to carry a small balance at all times to improve your credit score?
  • Q10: Any final tips on improving credit scores?

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