Blue Water Credit’s top-10 blog posts of 2016.

As the confetti falls on another New Year and the calendar page flips to 2017, we’re reminded by how truly incredible 2016 was. To commemorate the last 365 days and say goodbye to 2016, we decided to put together our top-10 blog posts of the year, as determined by reader views.

As always, thanks for reading, sharing, and follow Blue Water Credit, and please reach out to us if you need any advice or help with your credit score in 2017. ...

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A closer look at FICO’s many versions of your credit score.

A closer look at your different FICO scores:

What’s your FICO score? No matter what you respond, your answer will be wrong – or at least incomplete – because FICO actually has several scores for each score holder. In fact, FICO, the metric for consumer credit scoring introduced by engineer William Fair and mathematician Earl Isaac in 1956, has evolved from one general score into myriad ...

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21 Financial Red Flags (Part 2)

These days, so many people are struggling financially, failing to save, awash in debt and student loans, shut out from home ownership, and wondering how they’ll retire comfortably. So it’s more important than ever to identify the red flags in our financial picture, and then fix them.

In part one of this blog we covered the first 7 financial red flags to look for. Here are 7 more to identify in case you’re inadvertently sabotaging your finances, and most importantly, action ...

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What do Donald Trump, big-time gambling, and early odds for the 2020 election have in common?

A lot was riding on this past US presidential election. It wasn’t just the fate of the nation being decided; whether we’ll be led the next four years by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House. It wasn’t just policy, law, the economy, peace, or liberal vs. conservative doctrines teetering in the balance. In fact, there was a lot more riding on who came out a winner as POTUS in the early morning hours of Tuesday: money.

That’s because ...

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Fannie Mae’s Risk Based Pricing benefits mortgage applicants with high credit scores.

Approving mortgages is all about assessing risk, as underwriters scrutinize every detail and shred of data in hopes of accurately predicting if a potential borrower will pay their mortgage on time every month – or default.

That’s good news for consumers that are good stewards of their financial affairs since keeping a great credit score, a low debt load, and plenty of assets will help them get approved for the best low-rate mortgage loan when it comes time to refinance or ...

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It turns out money really can buy happiness!

“Money can’t buy you happiness,” is a mantra we tell ourselves regularly, put on bumper stickers and even teach our children. But is it true?

Probably not, it turns out, as studies point to the positive correlation between income and levels of happiness. So having more money really will make us happier?

Somewhat, but there are certain important distinctions to make before we start blindly chasing dollar signs in hopes for inner bliss.

First, we’ll go over the research:

One of the first stabs ...

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Have you ever wondered what’s on Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, or even Oprah’s credit report? This data hack reveals the private financial lives of top celebrities and politicians.

No one is safe from data breaches and credit report hacks, even the top celebrities and politicians in the U.S. – including those in the White House. That’s the lesson we’ve learned over the past couple years, as hackers have infiltrated some of the most famous people in the world, making their sensitive financial and credit information public.

In one such case, a suspected Russian hacker group released the credit reports of 17 politicians, musicians and celebrities, including their most intimate ...

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