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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. Are 'gray' credit card charges legal?

    Read the fine print and all credit card statements carefully to avoid misleading charges that often go unnoticed on credit ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. What is the average salary for an accountant?

    Learn about the average salaries of various accounting positions, and see the difference that an accounting degree makes ...
  9. What debts can I discharge when filing for bankruptcy?

    Discover which types of debt can be discharged through a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and which debts require an ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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, ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Who is eligible to take out federal student loans?

    Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid every year to determine eligibility for federal aid, including student ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. Who regulates a credit rating agency?

    Find out how American and international regulators interact with Credit Rating Agencies, and learn about the rules adopted ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. What is a good credit utilization ratio?

    Understand how to calculate your credit utilization ratio, and learn the impact it has on your credit score as well as the ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. What are the most common scams regarding Social Security benefits?

    Learn about some of the most common Social Security scams that occur by phone, email and direct mail, and how to recognize ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
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