Why Co-Signing Can Be a Disaster

Has a loved one ever asked you to do a big favor? If you are like a lot of people then you probably want to do anything within your power to help out the people who are important to you. Co-signing, however, is much more than just a simple favor. Instead co-signing is a ticking time bomb just waiting to destroy your credit scores and to cause you potentially serious financial problems.Read More

Why Closing a Credit Card Could Hurt Your Credit Scores

One of the worst credit myths you will come across is the concept that closing old credit cards is good for your credit. Consumers close credit card accounts for a variety of reasons. Some consumers will close an account because they are no longer using it. Another consumer might close his credit card accounts out of fear of running up a large amount of credit card debt. The next consumer might decide to close his credit card account because a promotional rate has expired. However,Read More

Common Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations

Your credit reports maintain a far-reaching influence over many different aspects of your life. The condition of your credit may help determine where you live, how much you pay for housing, your ability to qualify for an auto loan, your insurance premiums, and even your career. Law makers understand the significance of your credit too. As a result the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was crafted to help protect you from unfair credit reporting practices.Read More

Why Did I Receive an IRS Form 1099-C?

It is that time of year again, the time of year when a pile of tax related documents begin to show up in your mailbox. You may receive a W-2 form from your employer, charitable contribution statements to use for tax write-offs, and even mortgage interest statements if you are a home owner. However, there is another far less desirable tax form which will be finding its way into millions of people’s mailboxes this year as well – the 1099-C.Read More

Credit Cards 101 Part 5: Why Credit Cards are Safer Than Debit Cards

Credit cards, as we have already covered in parts 1-4 of our Credit Cards 101 series, are extremely powerful tools which you can put to work for you on your journey toward better credit. Yet not only do credit cards have great credit building potential (assuming you manage the accounts properly), but they also feature some other great benefits as well. For example, you may not realize it but your credit cards represent the safest and most secure form of payment you carry in your wallet.Read More

Ways to Destroy Your Credit Scores

Your credit scores can exert a tremendous amount of influence over your financial wellbeing, in some instances even more than your income. Don’t believe me? Just ask anyone with a great job who has ever been turned down for a mortgage application due to bad credit. People with great incomes and bad credit get denied for financing every single day.

You probably already know that achieving good credit is important. You are smart enough to be reading this article after all. YetRead More

Credit Cards 101 Part 4: How Authorized User Accounts Might Help Your Credit

Welcome back to part 4 of our Credit Cards 101 series. We have already covered in depth how properly used credit cards have the ability to help you start building credit from scratch or to rebuild previously damaged credit reports. Credit cards alone are not going to be a cure-all for your credit problems, of course, but they can be an important component in your overall credit restoration plan.

When it comes to credit cards an often overlooked credit improvement method is the authorized user strategy. Here is a deeper look at how the authorized user strategy works and how you might be able to benefit tremendously from asking a loved one for a favor.Read More

Credit Cards 101 Part 3: Using Secured Credit Cards to Rebuild Your Credit

Welcome to Part 3 of our powerful series, Credit Cards 101. In parts 1 and 2 of this series you have already learned some important information about how properly managed credit card accounts can be very effective tools to help you build better credit. Of course, while well managed credit card accounts can potentially be great for your credit scores, credit card debt can actually wreak havoc upon your credit scores very quickly. For best results (both financially and from a credit score standpoint) it is important to develop the habit of paying off your credit card balances in full each month.Read More

Unexpected Times Your Credit Matters

No one likes to feel judged, but that is exactly what your credit reports and scores are designed for – to help others judge you. Specifically, your credit is routinely relied upon by many different businesses in many different industries to judge whether or not they wish to do business with you. Good credit can make your life much easier in more ways than you probably realize.

Most people understand that your credit is important whenever you apply for a new loan or credit card. If your credit contains certain red flags such as low scores, collection accounts, public records, or other derogatory information thenRead More