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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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Credit reporting in countries outside the US

How does credit reporting work outside of America?

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Credit reporting at home and abroad. A great deal of attention is put on the three-digit credit score that summarizes your creditworthiness. Have you ever wondered how the credit reporting system came to be? Or, what are the credit systems in different countries in the world? Do you need to rebuild credit if you move to a new country? Let’s…

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Why do I have to pay a deposit on everything? How can I improve my credit?

I have to pay a deposit on everything: What can I do to improve my credit?

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Independence can be great, but not when you have to pay a deposit on everything! The task of landing in your dream apartment doesn’t end with just signing a lease notice, paying the rent, and shifting your things. You also have to set up some or all of your utilities. These include Electricity, Water, gas, sewer, and TV/Internet, etc. Are…

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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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Different credit score between three major bureaus

Why is my credit score different at all three reporting bureaus?

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It’s bad enough to worry about ONE credit score. There’s a three digit number that matters greatly to your financial well-being. This number can make or break a big financial decision, or be the reason for hefty deposits. If you haven’t figured it out by now, we’re talking about your credit score. First of all, your credit scores being different…

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How to prioritize your debt payments

How to prioritize your debt, the smart way

By | Consumer Knowledge, Credit Score, FICO, Interest Rates, Unsecured Debt | No Comments

So you have student loan, and credit card debt. How to prioritize your debt. Debts of any kind have to be paid under the set terms in order to maintain your credit score. Unfortunately, the terms of the multiple loans don’t care much about each-other, or your wallet. Now, to prioritize your debt debts, you have to understand the types…

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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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Once I pay off a past debt, how long until my credit updates?

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You pay off a past debt, now you want the reward! Many people ask about the time it takes for their credit report to update once they pay off a past debt. If you’re anything like me, you wait a few weeks and then start checking to see if the derogatory mark has dropped. It can never happen soon enough;…

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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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What does No Credit Needed really mean?

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Does your credit score prevent you from getting retail store credit cards? You know the story: You visit a store, find exactly what you’re looking for, and immediately sign up for a store credit card. Later you find out that agreement came with a snag: an astronomical interest rate. Most of the retailer stores offering credit cards will cost you…

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