Hey Sacramento – what’s in YOUR wallet? Income, employment, real estate, and other consumer financial statistics for Sactown.

Turn on the TV news, read the headlines or social media, or even pick up your daily newspaper and you’ll probably encounter a lot of talk about the economy. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you read about financial statistics like our U.S national debt, unemployment rates, and even homeownership rates. But ...

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Hey Sacramento – what’s in YOUR wallet? Examining the average credit score, debt, and consumer spending in Sactown.

We regularly hear about financial statistics like national debt, unemployment rates, and even homeownership levels in the U.S. Whether it’s on the TV news, in the newspaper, or via news reports online, it seems like we can’t escape data about our economy – and the individual consumers in it. However, there is one ...

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Fight! Fight! FICO and Vantage Score duke it out over which scoring system will be used for mortgage lending.

Fight! Fight!

A brawl has erupted, and everyone’s circling around to watch. But instead of being schoolyard fisticuffs, this imbroglio is over which credit score lenders will use for home loans.

For as long as we can remember, lenders used FICO scores to decide whether a borrower qualified for a mortgage loan, which was then sold to the credit giants Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

But ...

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Your top 10 Blue Water Credit blog posts of 2017

When it comes to credit score, debt, and personal finance, 2017 was one of the most tumultuous and polarizing years on record. We saw the stock market surge, the real estate market come roaring back to pre-2007 levels, and the nation’s average credit score reach 700 for the first time ever.

But we also experienced surging credit card and debt levels, the Equifax hack and other mass data thefts that compromised the records of almost 200 million Americans, and skyrocketing rents ...

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Defining Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

Americans love debt.

In fact, U.S. consumers lead the world in personal debt many times over, with a total debt load of $13.62 trillion these days between mortgages, auto loans, student loans, installment plans, and more. Yes, we’re indebted to those never-ending credit cards, too, with more than $1.021 trillion in credit card charges – the highest in history. Point blank; we’re buying more ...

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American Shopping Holidays; 25 Facts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Last year, about 137 million Americans – about half of our adult population – flocked to malls, shops, and their favorite retailers on Black Friday. They’re spending big bucks, as U.S. consumers will throw down about $61.4 billion in sales this year, up from $41 billion in 2008. (In total, we’re expected to spend about $682 billion this holiday season!)

The name “Black ...

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