Credit & Loans

  1. Why are there three national credit bureaus?

    Discover why "big three" credit bureaus Experian, TransUnion and Equifax dominate the credit reporting market and how they ...
  2. Is my credit score usually checked before receiving a payday loan?

    Learn more about how payday lenders operate and whether or not they check your credit score during your loan application ...
  3. Why is my rent on my credit report?

    Find out how, when and why your rental history is included in your consumer credit report and how lenders can use that information ...
  4. How can I improve my chances of getting a credit limit increase?

    Learn how to improve your chances of being approved for a credit limit increase by understanding what lenders are looking ...
  5. How does debt consolidation lower my monthly payments?

    Find out how combining your debts into a single debt consolidation loan might actually lower the total amount you have to ...
  6. How long do typical debt management plans take to pay off debt?

    Find out more about how debt management plans are administered and what circumstances determine how long a management plan ...
  7. Does bankruptcy information go on the public record?

    Learn about the public record and whether or not bankruptcy documents are included. Explore situations where certain bankruptcy ...
  8. What is the difference between available credit and credit limit?

    Explore the difference between available credit and credit limit and the implications different account balances have on ...
  9. Who regulates a credit rating agency?

    Find out how American and international regulators interact with Credit Rating Agencies, and learn about the rules adopted ...
  10. What are some signs my credit card's annual fee is too high?

    Learn about annual credit card fees, interest rates, introductory rates, balance transfers and member programs available ...
  11. Will debt consolidation stop debt collectors and creditors from calling me?

    Explore different debt consolidation options. Learn the effect that different interest rates have on monthly payments and ...
  12. Does interest on my student loan accumulate during forbearance?

    Learn the differences between student loan deferment and forbearance and how interest accumulates on the principal loan balance ...
  13. When does the statute of limitations clock start on my debts?

    Learn how states treat statutes of limitation on consumer debts, and find out what it means if the statute of limitations ...
  14. What debt cannot be discharged when filing for bankruptcy?

    See what kinds of debts cannot be discharged through a bankruptcy and which debts are very difficult to discharge unless ...
  15. Will using an overdraft hurt my credit score?

    Find out if overdrafting a bank account hurts a credit score, how reporting is handled and if a consumer is able to dispute ...
  16. Why don't I have a credit score?

    Learn about some of the reasons why you might not have a credit score, and find out how you can build a good credit score ...
  17. How do I get information about my bankruptcy case?

    Learn about different places to search when seeking information about an individual's bankruptcy. Learn about Public Access ...
  18. What are some common catches that come with credit card reward programs?

    Read the fine print of credit card cash back rewards programs before assuming they are an easy way to cut down on credit ...
  19. Can I erase my student loans by filing for bankruptcy?

    Discharging student loans by filing for bankruptcy is highly unlikely, unless an undue financial hardship can be proven, ...
  20. How are my cosigners affected if I file bankruptcy?

    Learn how cosigners and guarantors are affected by bankruptcy filings and how cosigner treatment changes based on the type ...
  21. What property / belongings can I keep after filing bankruptcy?

    Discover which types of property you can keep after filing bankruptcy by listing them as exempt from normal liquidation proceedings.
  22. Can I still use my credit cards if I'm on a debt management program?

    Learn how to find out if you can keep, use or apply for credit cards while on a debt management program and what kinds of ...
  23. Do I need to know all three of my credit scores?

    Find out why it is important to know all three of your credit scores and how these scores can affect credit approvals for ...
  24. What are the basic requirements to qualify for a payday loan?

    Find out the basic requirements to apply and qualify for a payday loan and understand the factors that determine when and ...
  25. How do credit bureaus make money?

    Take a closer look at how credit bureaus make money, and learn about the kind of services they provide to both lenders and ...
  26. What debts don't have a statute of limitations applied to them?

    Learn what it means to have a statute of limitations applied to a debt, and find out which debts typically do not have a ...
  27. Do inquiries for preapproved offers affect my credit score?

    Find out what types of inquiries are on a credit report, if they affect a credit score and how much a score is affected by ...
  28. Why are private student loans generally more expensive than federal loans?

    Make the right decision between a federal student loan and a private student loan when looking for financial aid for your ...
  29. What are the most common reasons credit limit increase requests are declined?

    Learn about reasons why a request to increase the credit limit on a credit card may be declined, and find out which factors ...
  30. Dealing With An Underwater Mortgage During Divorce

    Going through a divorce is chaotic enough, but throw in a house with an underwater mortgage and things get particularly messy.
  31. Best Ways To Repair Your Credit Score

    Follow these 6 steps and you'll be on your way to a better credit score.
  32. How does a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) loan work?

    Discover some of the most common and useful ways to take out a loan from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan without ...
  33. What should you consider before taking a loan on your Registered Retirement Savings ...

    Learn about the primary factors you should consider before deciding to take out a loan from your Registered Retirement Savings ...
  34. 7 Ways To Save Money On Business Travel

    Business travel is soaring, especially in America. But though business travel is great for the economy, it's not so kind ...
  35. 10 Steps For First-Time Home Buyers

    It's probably the biggest purchase you've ever made. Here's exactly what to do to prepare yourself and get the best possible ...
  36. Credit Cards With Travel Insurance

    Some credit cards offer travel coverage, which may include trip cancellations, lost baggage and rental-car damages. Just ...
  37. 3 Money Moves To Make Before A Career Change

    One of the measures of a healthy economy is workers' confidence in their ability to leave a job and find other employment. ...
  38. 8 Common Refinance Mistakes

    As mortgage rates creep higher, there's still time to dump your mortgage rate for a lower one. But don't ruin your chance ...
  39. Is Cash Or Credit Better For European Trips?

    If you're traveling to Europe, make sure you have a widely accepted credit card that uses chip technology. It doesn't hurt ...
  40. When Is A Franchise The Right Investment For You?

    Do you have the right mix of credit, capital and business savvy to make you an ideal candidate for buying a franchise?
  41. Are You A Target For Identity Thieves?

    The Americans at highest risk for identity theft and identity fraud aren't the ones you most expect. See if you're on the ...
  42. Avoid Becoming An Identity Thief's Next Victim

    Use these 7 techniques to keep yourself under the radar and out of the way of identity thieves.
  43. Steps To Retiring With A Reverse Mortgage

    Follow this simple six-step guide to investigating a reverse mortgage. And be sure to compare it to other ways home equity ...
  44. Which Credit Cards Are Best For A Small Business?

    Even the best business cards aren't all alike. Choose the card – or cards – with features that yield the most for how your ...
  45. 3 Credit Card Benefits You’re Paying For But Not Using

    Unnecessary expenses are easy to eliminate once you look at your spending, but not all expenses are obvious, especially when ...
  46. An Investor's Guide To Bank Stress-Testing

    Just how are bank stress tests performed and what is the logic behind them? And is a stress test useful for evaluating a ...
  47. 5 Biggest Money Mistakes & How To Fix Them Fast

    Financial mistakes - like most mistakes in life - can generally be avoided with forethought, planning and self-discipline. ...
  48. 5 Top Alternatives To A Reverse Mortgage

    If you have substantial home equity and don't want to do a reverse mortgage to tap it for retirement expenses, cost out these ...
  49. Reverse Mortgage Or Home-Equity Loan?

    If you have equity in your home and need more cash in retirement, a reverse mortgage – or home-equity loan or line of credit ...
  50. 9 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score Today

    When it comes to finances, there are a number of goals that you might have established, such as saving money, paying down ...
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