Tag Archives | Credit Report/Score

A Credit Score Short Course

Your credit score impacts everything from the interest rate on your mortgage, to your insurance premiums, to whether you’ll get the job you applied for.  According to MSN’s Liz Pulliam Weston, today’s ideal is to have a score of 740 or higher (scores range from 300-850). We are all entitled to a free credit report […]

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Your Life is an Open Book

It sounds like a horrific scene out of some sci-fi movie set decades down the road – lots of computer databases filled with lots of information about…you! But it’s not some fictionalized account of the future; it’s today’s reality. As described in Consumer Reports, information about your use of credit, insurance claims, medical history, and […]

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Inquiring Minds

These days, everyone from prospective employers to cell phone service providers are looking at your credit report. But not all credit report inquiries are created equal. As reported on Mainstreet.com, a “soft inquiry” is made when you request your free credit report or a company where you’ve applied for a job pulls your report. Such […]

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Inquiring Minds

These days, everyone from prospective employers to cell phone service providers are looking at your credit report. But not all credit report inquiries are created equal. As reported on Mainstreet.com, a “soft inquiry” is made when you request your free credit report or a company where you’ve applied for a job pulls your report. Such […]

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Under the Financial Microscope

By now you’re aware of the importance of keeping your credit score strong by paying your credit card bills, mortgage, and other loans on time and keeping your credit utilization (how much of your available credit you use) low (10 percent or less is best). But did you know that paying your phone bill late […]

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A Credit Score Game Changer

Even if you make no changes in how you use credit, your credit score could change for the worse in the near future, according to a story on MarketWatch.com. The issue is that credit card companies are lowering some people’s credit limits because more people are falling behind on their payments. With a lower credit […]

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Your Number Matters

Several times in this eNewsletter we’ve discussed the importance of knowing and managing your credit score. A recent MarketWatch article emphasized the point by highlighting five types of organizations beyond creditors who use our credit scores to guide their relationship with us: employers, insurance companies, landlords, utilities, and cell phone carriers. Keeping our score high, […]

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A Credit Score Primer

Checking your credit report may seem about as exciting as flossing your teeth, but it’s important to your financial health. Syndicated personal finance writer Gregory Karp devoted three recent columns to the topic, reminding us of some of the basics and adding some helpful tips. The basics include making sure to order your free credit […]

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Cracking the Code on LifeLock

By now you’ve seen the commercial in which Todd Davis gives you his Social Security number. He’s one of the founders of LifeLock, a company that offers to protect you from identity theft for a monthly fee of about $10. A New York Times article noted that while the company has lined up more than […]

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ID Theft Protection Hype and Help

With identity theft much in the news, various ID theft protection services have emerged. But a recent Wall Street Journal article said most are not worth the cost. The only pay-to-play service that may be worthwhile is a credit freeze, which prevents access to your credit file. Depending on where you live, it may cost […]

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