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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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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The U.S. pet industry is barking, biting, and booming like never before.

Do you own a pet? Chances are, you either have a beloved pooch or frisky feline in your care, and if so, you probably spend a hefty sum of money keeping them fed, healthy, happy, and even entertained. In fact, the pet industry is one of the largest niche segments of household discretionary spending, and has even proven to be recession proof over the last 5+ years. Of course we can’t measure our love for the loyal family dog ...

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Can you escape Big Brother in our modern society? (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this blog, we relayed the story of how a young writer named Henry David Thoreau moved to a remote path of woods by Walden Pond in 1845, where he built a humble cabin and lived a Spartan existence. When Thoreau emerged more than two years later, he had produced the manuscript to Walden, a memoir that trumpeted the virtues of simplicity, as well as the perils of conformity to modern industrial society. And while that was ...

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20 Surprising Facts About Your Credit Score (Part 2)

Do you fully understand how your credit score it calculated and reported? You probably know that you should always pay your bills on time, not max out credit cards, and keep up to date on your mortgage, but if you’re still a little shaky on how the rest of it works, you’re not alone. However, there’s a whole lot beyond the basics of credit score and sound financial practices that the vast majority of Americans have no clue about!

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20 Surprising facts about your credit score

Do you fully understand how your credit score it calculated and reported? You probably know that you should always pay your bills on time, not max out credit cards, and keep up to date on your mortgage, but if you’re still a little shaky on how the rest of it works, you’re not alone. However, there’s a whole lot beyond the basics of credit score and sound financial practices that the vast majority of Americans have no clue about!

Here are ...

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Do you know ANONYMOUS? A look inside the shadowy international hack-tivist group.

They’ve been called everything from modern day Robin Hoods to cyber-terrorists. They rally for free speech, champions of democracy, and even work to protect us from Isis and Al Qaeda. They are malicious pranksters who hide their identities behind masks, vandals that cause billions of dollars in damage and ruin lives, and lawbreakers.

You may have seen images of them on the news during Occupy Wall Street, adorning the front cover of Time Magazine in 2012 as one of the 100 ...

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In China, dissenting political remarks, traffic violations, and even not visiting your parents enough can lower your credit score!

Many people are slightly confused as to how credit scoring works here in the U.S., with different scores, three separate credit bureaus, and even multiple scoring models. But our credit scoring system is downright easy compared to the system of credit in China – where confusion and even bizarre factors abound.

In fact, one of the things that could potentially drop your credit score in China is if you have elderly parents and don’t visit them enough! Believe it or not, ...

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