Will Closing Your Bank Account Hurt Your Credit Score?

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Believe it or not, some banks actually pull your credit history and score when you open a savings account. For example, Ally Bank will check your credit, and it will deny a savings account application if the applicant’s credit does not meet the bank’s undisclosed standards. And that brings us to a question a reader […]

Published or Updated: January 3, 2012

Have You Ever Heard of an Identity Score?

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Some estimates indicate that identity theft cost consumers and businesses over $50 billion last year. An “identity score” is an attempt to prevent costly, damaging identify theft.  While a credit score is designed to measure your risk as a borrower, an identity score is supposed to estimate the risk that you are not who you […]

Published or Updated: March 20, 2013

Credit Inquiries 101: A Complete Guide to a Hard vs. Soft Pull

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When creditors are deciding whether or not to offer you a loan or a credit card, they look at a copy of your credit report and consider your credit score. Your credit score is a number that quantifies your payment history, current credit, how long your credit has been established, and a few other variables. […]

Published or Updated: March 20, 2013

How and Why You Can Freeze Your Credit

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Identity theft is an ever-growing criminal industry. Identity thieves can use your identification information to apply for credit cards, open new lines of credit, and run up huge bills. While some safeguards exist to keep identity theft victims from being on the hook for these balances, identity theft can nonetheless dampen your credit. Cleaning up […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2013

How to Raise Your FICO Score When All Else Fails

A reader recently left a comment about her credit score that I thought was worth sharing. Here’s what she asked: What can i do to build my credit if– 1. I cannot get a “real bank account” due to Chexsystem 2. I got denied for a secured credit card 3. I currently do now own […]

Published or Updated: May 25, 2012

New Laws Mean New Ways to Obtain Your Credit Score for FREE

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Your credit score is essential financial information, but if you’re like many consumers, you don’t know much about it. Luckily, new laws mean that you can learn about your credit score more easily than ever – and for free! What is a Credit Score? A credit score is a numerical value assigned to you based […]

Published or Updated: July 18, 2013

Dish Network and Your Credit Score – What You Should Know

For Christmas we ordered DISH Network for my wife’s parents. They live in the country and don’t have access to cable; satellite service is their only option. In the process of ordering the service, I learned that DISH Network runs a credit check that results in an inquiry on your credit file. Even more important, […]

Published or Updated: May 5, 2011

The Lowdown on the Fair Credit Reporting Act

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We’ve all seen the ads about how important credit scores are. They can drastically change the amount you pay in interest. They can make or break your application for a loan. They can even help or hinder your chances for employment. What you may not know is that federal law dictates how credit reporting agencies […]

Published or Updated: April 4, 2013

DIY Credit Help: The 5 Credit Scores You Need To Know

A common consumer misconception is that there is one credit score, when the truth is there are dozens. Many different lenders, credit bureaus, companies, and credit reporting agencies have their own credit score based on their particular brand of credit score model. Every credit score model out there shares two things in common: They use […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012