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  1. How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?

    How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?

    The basics of getting a reverse mortgage, with detailed information on how to qualify and what to watch out for.
  2. Transferring Credit Card Balances To A New Card

    Transferring Credit Card Balances To A New Card

    Before you take advantage of that new credit card's 0% interest balance transfer offer, read our step-by-step guide.
  3. How Sallie Mae Affects Student Loans

    How Sallie Mae Affects Student Loans

    Sallie Mae, which has financed many a college education, originally was a federally chartered government sponsored enterprise. ...
  4. 7 Ways To Protect Against Credit Card Hacks

    7 Ways To Protect Against Credit Card Hacks

    If you haven't been hacked yet, it may just be a matter of time. Here's how to protect yourself as much as possible before ...
  5. Credit Card Breach: How To Stay Safe

    Credit Card Breach: How To Stay Safe

    You learn that credit card numbers have been stolen from a store you use. How to protect yourself in general – and what to ...
  6. Do Your Card's Travel Benefits Make The Grade?

    Do Your Card's Travel Benefits Make The Grade?

    If you take frequent trips, it pays to evaluate the different travel benefits that a credit card offers – from airline miles ...
  7. Why should I register a prepaid credit card?

    Why should I register a prepaid credit card?

    Explore reasons why registering a prepaid credit card is a good idea. Learn about protection if the card is lost or stolen ...
  8. How do credit bureaus make money?

    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 ...
  9. How are my cosigners affected if I file bankruptcy?

    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 ...
  10. What are the most common reasons credit limit increase requests are declined?

    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 ...
  11. What fees usually come with prepaid credit cards?

    What fees usually come with prepaid credit cards?

    Choose a prepaid debit card with a fee structure that doesn't eat away at the existing balance by considering how you intend ...
  12. Why are there three national credit bureaus?

    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 ...
  13. How long do typical debt management plans take to pay off debt?

    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 ...
  14. How can I improve my chances of getting a credit limit increase?

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

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

    Increase your credit limit by making sure your current credit is paid on time and by paying the largest amount you can afford ...
  16. Do unpaid medical bills appear on my credit report?

    Do unpaid medical bills appear on my credit report?

    Find out if an unpaid medical bill can be reported to a credit bureau, if it affects your credit score and when it is turned ...
  17. How does debt consolidation lower my monthly payments?

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

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

    Avoid these pitfalls when working with high credit limits, and learn how to increase your credit score by increasing your ...
  19. Are secured credit cards accepted everywhere?

    Are secured credit cards accepted everywhere?

    Repair a damaged credit history or establish one by opening a secured credit card account with a collateral deposit into ...
  20. How long does it take for items to show up on my credit report?

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

    Find out how long missed payments, collections and requests for credit take to show up on a credit report and how often most ...
  21. Are debt-consolidation loans tax deductible?

    Are debt-consolidation loans tax deductible?

    Learn about consolidating debt and whether the interest payments on your debt consolidation loan can be deducted from your ...
  22. What credit card fees are tax deductible?

    What credit card fees are tax deductible?

    Learn about some of the unexpected tax deductions for fees incurred through credit card purchases for both individuals and ...
  23. What are some common catches that come with credit card reward programs?

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

    How long does information stay on my credit report?

    Understand how long different types of information stay on your individual or business credit report according to the rules ...
  25. How is interest charged on most lines of credit?

    Learn how most financial institutions calculate interest on lines of credit by using the average daily balance method and ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. How can I increase my FICO score?

    Find out about a few simple, consistent ways to improve your credit score, including how to manage your credit card balances ...
  28. How will accepting a higher credit card limit affect my credit score?

    Find out if accepting a higher limit on a credit card impacts credit score and how that impact affects one's overall credit ...
  29. Does cosigning a loan affect a credit score?

    Find out what can happen to a credit score when a cosignor must take over a debt that he or she cannot afford and what collection ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. Can I keep my credit cards after filing bankruptcy?

    Learn what happens to your credit cards after you file bankruptcy, and see when it might be possible to keep your card after ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. Are debt collectors allowed to call me at work?

    Find out if and when it is all right for a debt collector to call a debtor at work and how the debtor can make it stop under ...
  35. Can I use credit cards that are 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 ...
  36. How often is my credit score updated?

    Discover how often credit bureaus update credit scores, change credit information and receive updates from lending agencies ...
  37. 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, ...
  38. Is the interest on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) tax deductible?

    Learn the advantages of using a home equity line of credit, and find out how these low-rate loans also qualify for a tax ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. If a collection agency buys my debt from another agency, does the debt become 'new'?

    Find out what happens when your debt account is sold from one collection agency to another and the impact on your balance ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. How do debt collection agencies make money?

    Find out how a collection agency makes money, what rules it is bound by, and when it can take a pay check or garnish a bank ...
  43. Is the interest on my student loan tax deductible on my federal income taxes?

    Find out how you can deduct interest payments for qualified student loans from your income taxes, and learn about restrictions ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. Can a debt collector contact me about a debt that's no longer on my credit report?

    Learn about the circumstances that allow a debt collector to contact a consumer about a past due debt that is not on a credit ...
  47. Will my student loan be canceled (discharged) if I die?

    Federal loan servicers discharge debts when borrowers die to protect co-signers and spouses, but private lenders are free ...
  48. Can a business charge me an extra fee for paying with my credit card instead of cash?

    Learn about credit card surcharges by retailers, in which states this practice is permitted and the judicial decision that ...
  49. Do payday loans hurt my ability to get a mortgage?

    Find out whether taking out a payday loan could harm your chances of being approved for a mortgage and how lenders find out ...
  50. Can debt collectors add fees to my debt?

    Find out when a debt collector is legally allowed to charge interest and fees on a past-due debt and if a debtor can contest ...
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