We all know that the U.S. economy is colossal, right, but just how big? In fact, with a 2015 GDP of just under $18 trillion, the US economy represents more than 20% – or more than 1/5th – of the entire global economy. Although emerging economic superpowers like China are significant, their economy is still ...Continue Reading →
Amid our current rosy good news of stock market surges and economic growth, there sits an extremely prickly thorn: high credit card debt. In fact, the levels of U.S. consumer credit cards and other personal debt have reached levels not seen since the debt parade stopped in 2008 with the U.S. financial collapse.
In fact, as of 2016, our collective consumer credit card debt climbed to $927.1 billion, ...Continue Reading →
Take out a credit card from your wallet and look at it. What do you see? Probably, all you can take in is a piece of plastic with a bunch of random numbers on it. But, in fact, the numbers on our credit cards aren’t random at all, but a carefully conceived code that relays important information to banks, retailers – and even data thieves.
Why are ...Continue Reading →
There are many reasons why a record number of consumers are getting shut out of traditional lending, unable to get a mortgage, auto loan, or even a single credit card. In fact, millions of Americans suffered significant damage to their credit scores through the Great Recession, leaving them with foreclosures, bankruptcies, and a whole lot ...Continue Reading →
Is your credit report relatively clean, except for one big, ugly item that won’t go away – a judgment? It’s a fact of life that some disputes – with landlords, collection agencies and other debtors – sometimes end up with a judgment against you. If that’s the case, we have good news, as it may be possible to have a judgment against you dismissed (called ...Continue Reading →
Every time you use your smartphone to Google something, every time you tag your location on social media, and definitely every time you buy something online, companies are collecting your data. In fact, most major retail brands, companies, and online sites that sell products or services are carefully “mining” your sensitive personal and financial data, reselling it to third-party data collection companies who then analyze, ...Continue Reading →
February is Black History Month, so we’d like to applaud and celebrate some heroes of the Untied States civil rights movement. Initiated by Carter G. Woodsen in 1921 as only a week, this reverence for African American contribution and culture was placed in February because it marked the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It was later expanded to a full month in ...Continue Reading →
When TransUnion and Equifax got caught for defrauding consumers by urging them to unnecessarily pay for credit scores and products, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) stepped in to make things right. Now, the CFPB has taken strong action against the credit reporting agencies, forcing them to pay stiff fines as restitution to those they deceived.
In fact, TransUnion and Equifax have been ordered to pay ...Continue Reading →
Loan officers and mortgage brokers often see potential home buyers fall a few points short of qualifying when it comes to credit score, but that doesn’t mean they need to be turned away. In fact, there are strategies we can employ to increase a borrower’s credit score by 5, 10, or even 25 points in a short period, allowing ...Continue Reading →
Anyone who’s in the mortgage business knows that the halcyon days of an easy refi boom driven by historically low rates is probably over, which means that credit score will be more important than ever in getting a borrower approved for the right loan product. But even if you pull their credit and they fall ...Continue Reading →