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Balance transfer: Beating high interest rates or path to perpetual debt?

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The balance transfer game can be fun, until you lose the game. A credit card balance transfer is a common way of avoiding interest rates. This is done by frequently moving your debt to new sources, chasing low introductory rates. While this can be an effective way to avoid excessive interest rates, it can be equally dangerous. For consumers with…

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Using secured credit to rebuild your score

Rebuilding with secured credit. One of many tools consumers should use.

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Unsecured credit step aside, secured credit is here to help rebuild.  Times are tough for the general population’s credit. Even those who enjoyed easy approvals and low interest rates in years past are starting to feel the crunch. The reality is, your credit card or other unsecured debt always catches up to you. When this happens, we enter a rebuilding…

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Make sure your extra payments are going to the principle balance

How do I ensure my extra payments are going to the principal and not interest?

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Make sure your extra payments go to the principle and not the interest. In order to pay off your loan sooner, you ought to make extra payments towards your principal balance. Most people are not aware that extra payments do not always go directly to the principal, but are applied to the interest instead. Remember, the interest is the lenders…

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What is negative equity? How does it affect my credit and buying power?

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If you’ve ever applied for a loan, chances are you’re familiar with the term “negative equity”. However, you may still lack a full understanding of exactly what it means. Secured loans are basically loans that use physical collateral to calculate the amount and terms of the debt repayment. Secured loans with negative equity An example of a secured loan would…

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Is transferring my credit card balance for a better interest rate a good idea?

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An introduction to credit card balance transfer. The average credit card debt in the U.S. is $5,331 on an individual level. But, if you’re new to the credit game, you’re not likely part of this statistic. For those of us that have been building and maintaining credit for a while now, we know there are some common techniques to keep…

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

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Get to know your credit. In fact, become best friends. Whether you’re looking to improve your credit score, or building it from scratch, we’ve got some tips for you. Building and maintaining good credit is no easy task, but often times consumers are overwhelmed by the information they encounter online. A low credit score is not the end of the…

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What is Debt to Income Ratio and How Does it Affect my Credit Score?

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I’m good at making money, even better at spending it. Debt to income (DTI) ratio confuses a lot of people. Unfortunately, these people are often the ones in need of some kind of financial assistance. Many consumers aren’t aware of the simple calculation they can do to find their DTI, or the affect it has on their buying power. As…

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How Does My Credit Score Affect New Purchases?

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Trying to borrow with bad credit? Not so fast. Many Americans are asking questions like, what is a good credit score or how to rebuild a credit score? Chances are if you’re asking these questions, your credit score could use some work. According to Lexington Law; 12% of the U.S. population has a credit score below 550. This group of…

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How long will paying minimum monthly payments really cost me?

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I’ll pay more next month… When creating a budget, you’re told to keep your expenses as low as you possibly can, and it’s good advice. Unless of course you’re making credit card payments. Most people are tempted to make the minimum monthly payment on their credit card in an effort to offset other bills. In the long run this is…

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