The 10 States with the Most and Least Credit Card Debt

Which states have the most credit card debt? The least? A new study by Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Reports analyzed the average credit card debt in United States for the second quarter of this year, and it found that Alaska remained … Continue reading

Which States Have the Most Credit Card Debt?

The latest credit card debt statistics from Experian indicate that consumers in some states are starting to carry larger credit card balances once again, despite a slight improvement between 2012 and 2013. The average outstanding credit card debt in America … Continue reading

Credit Card Payments May Take on New Role in Credit Scores

The country's three biggest credit bureaus may eventually change the way they calculate credit scores. The new system could be designed to give "transactors" better scores than "revolvers" for their credit card payments because those individuals have proven themselves to … Continue reading

Important Things To Do After Your Credit Card Number Is Stolen

Have you had your credit card stolen? Are you worried that someone might be using your identity to make purchases? This can be an intensely frustrating situation, but the first thing that you should do is stay calm. This will … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 30, 2014

Correcting Your Credit Report Gets Easier You just got more of a say in fixing errors on your credit report. Pushed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, major credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have changed their complaint systems … Continue reading

“God” Sues Equifax for Glitch in Credit Score

A man by the name of God Gazarov is suing Equifax for displaying that he has no financial history because the credit reporting agency's system will not accept his name--God. Despite the fact that he has a score over 720 with … Continue reading

Another Massive Data Breach Under Investigation

A data breach that may have exposed the personal information of over 200 million Americans--over twice the size of the Target breach--is not getting nearly the attention of other recent data breaches. Hieu Minh Ngo, a Vietnamese national, posed as … Continue reading

Millennials Cutting Back on Credit Cards, But Struggle with Credit Scores

Millennials are carrying far fewer credit cards with smaller balances than older consumers but are still struggling with their credit scores and debt utilization. Experian’s Fourth Annual State of Credit analyzed the credit card habits of four generations: Millennials (19-29), … Continue reading

How to Stop Receiving Credit Card Offers In The Mail

Most of us signed up for the "do not call" list years ago when we found out how to stop telemarketers from calling our home phone numbers. But many of us have not taken time to opt out of direct … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 22, 2013

Retailers Use Deals to Get You Connected Head into the mall this holiday season, and you won't just be bombarded by 50% off signs or two-for-one deals. Once you hit the cash register, someone is bound to tempt you with … Continue reading

Credit Bureaus Now Classify Consumers as Transactors or Revolvers

Are you a "transactor" or a "revolver"? That's the question that all three credit bureaus are now asking when they assess credit. TransUnion, Equifax and Experian have all added features to their credit reports that highlight what kind of credit … Continue reading

Experian Improves Credit Educator Program

The Credit Educator program at Experian was originally developed to give people a chance to improve their credit scores through guided, professional assistance. The program has been around for some time, but has recently been upgraded to give customers more for … Continue reading

Consumers Still Not Protecting Their Identity

Experian's ProtectMyID released a study last week in honor of national identity theft protection week. It showed that consumers are still vulnerable to ID theft both online and offline, and most of them are not doing enough to protect themselves. … Continue reading

Using Credit Cards to Build Credit

We get this question a lot: What is the best way to use credit cards to build credit? Most people see credit cards as nothing more than money pits in the making, but they can be legitimate opportunities to build … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Companies to Investigate Credit Report Errors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on companies that supply information to consumer reporting companies. This should make it easier for consumers to get reporting errors resolved. The CFPB issued a notice today that says these companies--called "furnishers"--are responsible for investigating … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 16, 2013

Judge is Open to Repayment of Swipe Fees A federal judge threatened to further crimp a once-lucrative profit center for banks and credit card companies, saying they may need to reimburse retailers billions of dollars in debit card transaction fees … Continue reading

Don’t Cut Up Your Credit Cards

We've all seen those scenes on TV where a shopaholic cuts up all her credit cards in order to control her spending habits. While this may be a dramatic moment in the show, it doesn't actually help matters in the … Continue reading

How Do Credit Cards Help Build Credit?

Most people associate credit cards with debt, forgetting that they have the word "credit" in their name. Believe it or not, you can build credit by using credit cards if you use them properly. The reason most cardholders fall into … Continue reading

Women Better at Handling Credit

Women may earn less than men but they are better managers of credit. According to a new report from Experian, women earn 23 percent less than men, but men have 4.3 percent more debt than women. Women also have a slightly … Continue reading

How to Check My Credit Score for Free

Running a search for "how to check my credit score for free" may lead you to a lot of websites that are actually just companies trying to sell their services. There are ways to check your credit score for free, … Continue reading

Hackers Steal Personal Data of Celebrities, Politicians

Credit reporting agencies TransUnion and Equifax have confirmed that hackers have gained unauthorized access to users' personal information, including some of the leading political and entertainment figures in America. The hackers obtained the Social Security numbers, credit scores and birthdates … Continue reading

Changes Made in VantageScore Credit Scoring Model

The VantageScore credit scoring model has undergone some improvements, giving lenders a reported 25 percent improvement on the ability to make predictions on consumers. The new VantageScore 3.0 model also has the ability to formulate a score for the estimated … Continue reading

Who Has Access to Your Credit Report?

Since credit reports contain sensitive personal information, access to them is limited. The three main credit report bureaus--TransUnion, Equifax and Experian--can only provide your credit reports to people you seek to do business with. But the number of different people … Continue reading

Time for a Personal Finance Checkup?

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to get your financial house in order in 2013? A good place to start is by doing a personal checkup of your credit. And there are free options out there. Don't fall for … Continue reading

Default Rate on Bank Credit Cards Lowest Since 2006

The default rate on bank credit cards dropped to its lowest level of the post-recession era in December. According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, the default rate on bank credit cards declined to 3.53 percent, down from 3.58 percent … Continue reading

Senate Committee Investigates Credit Report Practices

Today, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to investigate the accuracy and regulation of credit reports. The hearing is called "Making Sense of Consumer Credit Reports" and credit analysts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and consumer data … Continue reading

Credit Card Data Makes Up Majority of Your Credit Report

A study released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows that credit reports are dominated by a consumer's credit card history. The report also showed that debt collection items generate the highest rate of disputes. The CFPB analyzed 2011 information … Continue reading

Credit Reporting Agencies Uncover Your Very Personal Information

Credit reporting agencies know much more about you than your number of credit cards or how much you owe on your mortgage. You may be surprised at the personal information collected by credit agencies and how many agencies are tracking … Continue reading

CFPB Issues Warning to Specialty Consumer Reporting Agencies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to bring transparency and accountability to consumer reporting agencies. Today, the CFPB warned specialty credit reporting agencies that they may be violating federal law by not providing consumers with easy access to credit reports. … Continue reading

How Your Credit Score is Calculated

They may be three simple digits but your credit score is the probably most important number in determining your financial future. Your credit score is both a representation of your payment history and a prediction of your ability to make … Continue reading

CFPB Finds Differences in Credit Scores

The credit score you purchase from a credit reporting agency may be very different from the score your lender sees. Lender's scoring models place  nearly one in five consumers in different credit categories, according to a new report by the Consumer … Continue reading

Consumer Credit Default Rates Near Post-Recession Lows in August

The August 2012 S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices showed that default rates continue to decline for most loans, including the national composite, which has now declined for eight consecutive months. Most of the loan types posted their lowest rate since the … Continue reading

Consumers Taking Slightly Better Care of Their Finances

Economic growth and job growth are in a painfully slow recovery, but a new study shows that consumers are taking slightly better care of their finances. Experian's third annual State of Credit Report shows the average VantageScore across the nation increased from … Continue reading

LowCards Weekly Credit Card Update August 17

Card Swipes in Church Make Giving Easier It hasn't always been easy for administrators and lay leaders to get people to donate regularly and increase their contributions each year, no matter their faith. Over the last decade or so, entrepreneurs have seized … Continue reading

Handling Credit Card Debt After the Death of a Spouse

When a spouse dies, the surviving mate may be burdened with more than just grief and loneliness. Credit card debt may also haunt the partner that is left behind. The responsibility for the credit card debt of a deceased spouse … Continue reading

Consumers Benefit by CFPB Monitoring Credit Bureaus

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may soon make another move that could help consumers: bringing transparency and public accountability to credit reporting agencies. Beginning September 30th, the CFPB will monitor over 30 of the country's biggest credit bureaus and investigate … Continue reading