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    How one Click on Facebook could affect your Credit Score

    Friday, January 27th, 2017

    Next time you get a friend request on Facebook, you might want to consider how clicking “Confirm” might impact your credit rating. Some reports suggest that as many as 63% of Millennials don’t have a credit card.  Financial institutions and credit scoring companies are very anxious to market to and engage this generation.  The challenge […]

    Credit Card – Minimum Payment Calculator

    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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    Chip Card, a New Generation of Smart Cards?

    Friday, October 28th, 2016

    Many of you have already received replacement cards for your common credit accounts or debit cards. Have you wondered why the store check-out process has become more challenging? What’s in the chip and why are banks and merchants making the switch? EMV, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is a global standard for cards […]

    Two Big Changes Impacting Medical Debt & Credit Scores

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

    Medical debt is the most common type of collection, consisting of 52% of all accounts reported by collection agencies.  According to Experian, 64.3 million Americans have a medical collection recorded on their credit report.  Consumers have argued that medical debt impacts their credit rating unfairly and now a legal settlement and a revised credit model […]

    She only wants you for your score

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

    Using my credit score to approve a home loan, okay.  Pulling my credit report before offering me a job, really?  Increasing my insurance premiums not because of a claim, but because of a low credit score, can they do that?  … and now predicting how good of a partner I’ll be based on my credit […]

    Do You Carry?

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    4 out of every 10 Americans carry a balance on their credit cards, which means they are paying an amount less than the balance. The disadvantage of carrying a balance is the cost of interest paid to the credit card company.  For example, if you were to purchase a 13” MacBook Air at a cost […]

    Why You Should Replace your Debit Card with a Credit Card

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    Certainly debit cards have their advantages; they allow you to spend only what you have in your checking account and they are more convenient than carrying cash, but the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.  The popular consumer expert, Clark Howard, says; “debit cards are overwhelmingly inferior to credit cards”.    Here are 10 reasons why. Fight […]

    EXPANDING ACCESS TO CREDIT FOR THE “CREDIT INVISIBLES”

    Thursday, March 24th, 2016

    By Dr. Andrew Jennings, FICO; Global Banking and Finance Review When we think of the underserved market for credit, we may well think about emerging markets in Africa or Eastern Europe. But there is an underserved market even in the United States. More than 50 million people in the US don’t have a FICO® score […]

    Identity Theft: What you need to know, YESTERDAY!

    Friday, February 19th, 2016

    According to reports from a wide variety of federal agencies, Identity Theft stands supreme as one of the fastest growing crimes in the America (and really the world). In 2011, the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, one of the main federal agencies fighting cyber-crime, arrested 1,200 criminals who were responsible for the loss […]

    9 Tips To Increase Your Leverage over Debt Collectors

    Friday, January 15th, 2016

    A credit score is a compilation of both positive and negative factors. If your score is down because of negative items on your credit report, there is value in disputing these with the credit bureaus. Any negative items reported by creditors or debt collection companies that are outdated, inaccurate, misleading, or can’t be validated must […]