If you’ve been toiling with a low credit score due to a tax lien, civil judgment, or similar negative item being reported, you’re in store for some good news coming very soon. Starting this summer, millions of Americans will be getting a credit score boost even if they haven’t paid down debt or don’t anything else to ...Continue Reading →
Would you like to work at home every day in your pajamas? Or how about doing your job from your favorite neighborhood coffee shop, or on your laptop just about anywhere as you travel?
The reality is that virtual work, in all of its forms, is on the rise, and is no longer a facet of employment and the economy that employers or workers can ignore. ...Continue Reading →
Experian, one of the nation’s three preeminent credit reporting agencies, has been fined $3 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
What was the infraction that warranted this $3 mil slap on the wrist? According to the CFPB, Experian deceived consumers when it told them that the version of credit scores they could purchase was the same one that lenders used to make credit and financial ...Continue Reading →
For millions of first-time homebuyers and other homeowners, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), is the best resource they’ll ever find. Originated back in 1934, the FHA is a government agency that facilitates access to home ownership for more Americans. They do that in an ingenious way, since the FHA doesn’t actually lend their own money ...Continue Reading →
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 →