Tax-Related Identity Theft: Common Signs You Might be a Victim
Though the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that tax-related identity theft is on the decline, it’s still a possibility. Here are a few signs that could indicate you’re a victim.
What is a Credit Report and Why Should You Check It?
Your credit report might be the most important financial tool you have, but do you know why? Check out this primer on the basics of a credit report, and why it’s so essential to your financial life.
Fraud Alert vs. Credit Freeze: Which is Right for You?
If you’re concerned about identity theft, it could be in your best interest to place a Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert on your accounts. But, which one is right for you? Here’s what these tools are and how they work so that you can determine your next steps.
What Is A Good Credit Score?
Your credit score is an important financial asset and can affect many of your financial decisions, such as if you get approved for an auto loan, mortgage, personal loan or credit card. However, you may be wondering, “What is a good credit score, and what exactly factors into my credit score?” We’re removing the mystery...
How Do Student Loans Really Affect Your Credit Score?
If you took out student loans for your college education, you may be wondering how student loans affect credit scores. Your credit score is one of your most important assets and impacts many things in your life, such as your ability to rent an apartment, purchase a house or car, or apply for a personal loan or credit card....
5 Tips on How to Improve Your Credit Score
Your credit score is one of your most important financial assets. It can affect a lot of your financial decisions such as purchasing a car or house, applying for a student loan or credit card, and even renting an apartment. A low credit score can have many impacts on your life — and not just financially. It can also affect...
Here's How Much a Low Credit Score Can Cost You
Your credit score is often cited as one of your most important financial assets. But while financial experts love to discuss the risk of a low credit score, many consumers aren’t aware of the material costs that come with negative marks on their credit report. The costs of a low credit score can span many aspects of your...
The Advantages of Keeping a High Credit Score
Financial experts all talk about the importance of building and maintaining good credit. But what exactly does this mean — and why should consumers care? If you haven’t pulled a credit report or applied for credit recently, your credit score might not be at the top of your mind. But your credit score plays a crucial role in...
Tips to improve your credit score
2020 was a difficult year financially for many. If the pandemic impacted your finances, it’s a good idea to develop a new strategy for any financial moves you have planned, like purchasing a home or car, or readjusting saving and spending goals.
How Credit Scores Are Determined and Why They Matter
You might not think about credit scores much in your day-to-day life — and if you’re just getting started managing your own money, you might have no idea what your credit score even is. But while this number might reside beyond your line of sight, it can have huge implications for your short-term finances, and it could...
The difference between a hard credit inquiry vs. a soft credit inquiry and why they matter
Did you know that every time you apply for credit, you could be impacting your credit score? Potential creditors or lenders check your credit history each time you apply for a new credit card or loan. Depending on the scenario and the inquiry, you could see a change in your credit score. Here’s a quick comparison of hard and...
Should I Consolidate my Debt?
Are you struggling with debt and considering debt consolidation? Before you take out a consolidation loan, make sure it’s the right choice for you.