Personal Finance FAQs

  1. Why are EMV cards more secure than traditional debit and credit cards?

  2. How will debt settlement affect my credit score?

  3. How do I check the balance on my prepaid credit card?

  4. What's the difference between a credit rating agency and a credit bureau?

  5. What are some examples of good situations in which to use revolving credit?

  6. What are the best ways to plan for retirement?

  7. What’s the difference between overdraft protection and overdraft settings?

  8. What's the difference between debt consolidation and debt settlement?

  9. Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

  10. Why is APR used to compare long-term loans?

  11. How do I determine whether a debt consolidation loan is a good debt relief option?

  12. How do secured credit cards help me build my credit score?

  13. What's the difference between a credit rating and a credit score?

  14. What is the difference between a loan and a line of credit?

  15. How do I file a proof of claim against someone who has filed bankruptcy?

  16. What is the difference between overdraft and cash credit?

  17. What are Social Security Credits for and how can I earn them?

  18. What are the differences between balance-to-limit ratio and debt-to-income ratio?

  19. What are some tips for getting the most out of my credit card rewards program?

  20. What's the difference between credit score and credit history?

  21. What are some examples of a debt management plan (DMP)?

  22. How can I consolidate my unsecured debt?

  23. Can I use a prepaid credit card to pay bills or to transfer money to other accounts?

  24. What is the difference between secured and unsecured debts?

  25. What are the differences between a home equity line of credit (HELOC) and a home ...

  26. What are some signs that I need debt / credit counseling?

  27. What legal action can I take against a debt collector?

  28. How does refinancing my mortgage affect my FICO score?

  29. What is the difference between certified and non-certified private student loans?

  30. What are the drawbacks to debt consolidation?

  31. What are my rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)?

  32. Which debts are covered under consumer protection laws?

  33. What are some good alternatives to taking out a line of credit?

  34. How do Social Security survivor benefits work?

  35. What's more important to lenders, my credit score or my credit report?

  36. Is a home equity loan a good way to pay off my credit card debt?

  37. What are some examples of debts that I can consolidate?

  38. What is the difference between student loan default and delinquency?

  39. How do I know what Social Security benefits I am eligible for?

  40. What do the letters / symbols on credit ratings mean?

  41. How can I receive my Social Security benefits if I want to retire outside the U.S?

  42. In what states are high-cost payday loans illegal?

  43. What are the differences between the three national credit bureaus?

  44. When am I eligible to receive Social Security benefits?

  45. What factors do schools consider when awarding financial aid?

  46. What are some examples of sneaky credit card charges to watch out for?

  47. What are the most common sources of funds given in a financial aid award letter?

  48. How will bankruptcy affect my ability to get credit in the future?

  49. Does shopping for the best interest rate affect my credit score?

  50. What are some examples of a good time to take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC)?

  51. Who is eligible for a Teacher Retirement?

  52. How can I avoid paying unnecessary credit card fees?

  53. What's the difference between a secured line of credit and an unsecured line of credit?

  54. How do Pay As You Go pension plans work?

  55. How does my spousal Social Security benefit work?

  56. What’s the difference between a consumer disclosure and a credit report?

  57. What are the Social Security tax caps?

  58. What are some examples of overdraft protection?

  59. What are some examples of common credit card reward program benefits?

  60. What's the difference between a credit bureau and a credit rating agency?

  61. How do I start building a credit score?

  62. What are the different types of annual percentage ratings (APR)?

  63. How is the Social Security trust fund invested?

  64. Does shopping for student loans affect my credit score?

  65. What are the pros and cons of consolidating my student loans?

  66. How do I get my free credit report and score from each credit bureau?

  67. What are the main benefits of a Locked-in Retirement Account (LIRA)?

  68. What is the difference between credit rating and equity research?

  69. What are the differences between revolving credit and installment credit?

  70. What are the best ways to rebuild my credit score quickly?

  71. Is it possible to collect spousal Social Security benefits before I collect my own?

  72. What information do lenders need when I apply for a credit limit increase?

  73. Should I apply for student loans if I haven't finished applying for scholarships ...

  74. Is it possible to have a credit limit that's too high?

  75. What are some examples of 'gray' charges on my credit card statement?

  76. How do I track my pending application for Social Security benefits?

  77. How long does it take for items to show up on my credit report?

  78. How is interest charged on most lines of credit?

  79. How long are credit ratings valid?

  80. If a collection agency buys my debt from another agency, does the debt become 'new'?

  81. Do payday loans hurt my ability to get a mortgage?

  82. How do debt collection agencies make money?

  83. Who is eligible to take out federal student loans?

  84. How much will it cost to hire an accountant to do my taxes?

  85. Will my student loan be canceled (discharged) if I die?

  86. How much of my income goes to Social Security taxes?

  87. What is a good credit utilization ratio?

  88. Can debt collectors add fees to my debt?

  89. What is the average salary for an accountant?

  90. Is the interest on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) tax deductible?

  91. Are debt collectors allowed to call me at work?

  92. How long does information stay on my credit report?

  93. What are the main differences between a provident fund and a pension fund?

  94. Can a business charge me an extra fee for paying with my credit card instead of cash?

  95. Are debt-consolidation loans tax deductible?

  96. Why should I register a prepaid credit card?

  97. Is a Locked-in Retirement Account (LIRA) protected from creditors?

  98. What are the main differences between a systematic investment plan (SIP) and mutual ...

  99. How can I change my name on my Social Security card?

  100. Can a debt collector contact me about a debt that's no longer on my credit report?

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