DIY Credit Help: What’s Holding Back My Credit Score?

The question that pops up most often in the Credit Advice Center, Credit Karma’s forum for consumers to ask questions and post answers on credit-related topics, is, “How do I boost my credit score?” But a better question to ask first is, “What could be holding my credit score back?” You’ve probably heard cure-all advice […]


AMEX National Money Talk Night $150 Giveaway!

The National Money Night Talk has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you should stop the conversations with your kids about money! For the past month we’ve been hosting giveaways in honor of National Money Night Talk. For those of you who don’t know, American Express teamed up with personal finance expert Jean Chatzky […]


New Health Care Benefits That Take Effect TODAY!

Photo: Lower Columbia College Today marks the beginning of the earliest provisions of the new health care reform signed into law by President Obama on March 23. If you’re a little hazy about all of the provisions created by that law, check out 26 quick facts about the changes the health care industry.  For now, […]


When is the Best Time to Utilize Cash Out Refinancing?

At the height of the housing market boom, it seemed like every homeowner was taking out a home equity line of credit or performing cash out refinancing. Cash out refinancing isn’t quite as common these days, but it can still be a useful tool. Before you decide whether cash out refinancing is right for you, […]


What is Tax Form 1040 Schedule B?

If you have a savings account, mutual fund, bonds, dividend-paying stocks or any interest-bearing account, you may need to attach a Schedule B to your Form 1040 (tax return) come spring. Filers are generally required to fill out a Schedule B if interest and dividend income from all sources exceeds $1,500. You’ll also need to […]


How Does the Making Homes Affordable Program Work?

The Home Affordable Modification Program, which aims to stabilize the housing market and help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages, was introduced in February 2009 as part of Obama’s Financial Stability Plan. The Financial Stability Plan attempts to address the key problems at the heart of the current economic crisis and to get […]