Everyone wants a great credit score, but it turns out there are some persistent scary credit stories going around that could turn this goal - and your finances - into a nightmare. According to a recent survey by Capital One on Americans’ credit confidence, plenty of respondents describe their credit history favorably, or at least [...]
Refinancing your mortgage can be a way to change your loan terms. If you refinance, you may be able to get a better interest rate or shorten the length of your loan, which can potentially save you money over time. With mortgage interest rates hovering around 4 percent, your savings from refinancing may be significant—especially [...]
Accessing or “pulling” your credit report allows you to review your credit behavior. You can see what lenders are reporting about you while you monitor your payment history. Checking your credit report should be a regular part of your routine financial behavior, similarly to reviewing your bank statements or creating a budget. Some consumers are [...]
If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that you are planning to improve your finances and money management skills this year. The goals you set at the start of the year can make a big difference in your financial situation—now and well into the future. As you consider what you would like your [...]
In honor of Military Saves, I thought it would be appropriate to share how I, an Army veteran who had over $32,000 of credit card debt, was able to pay off debt by taking a few lessons from the military and applying them to my finances. Military Saves is a week when the military community [...]
Credit debt and unemployment affect holiday consumer spending. Consumer spending this holiday shopping season will be affected by credit debt and unemployment. Holiday shoppers consumer spending habits affected by credit card debt and unemployment this holiday shopping season. Credit card companies say the decrease in holiday consumer spending is creating a "credit winter."