Your Social Media Posts May Soon Affect Your Credit Score

There's a new reason to be careful when updating your Facebook status. As reported on, talking about a weekend of debauchery might lower your credit score. The Fair Isaac Corporation (or FICO), a credit rating agency, is implementing new … Continue reading

Credit Score vs. Credit Report – Which Is More Important?

Credit reports and credit scores can be a bit confusing, and that's not entirely by accident. In fact, the companies that issue credit scores purposely conceal the formulas that they use. So when it comes to understanding credit reports and credit scores, … Continue reading

CFPB Reports 56% Increase in Credit Reporting Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its monthly complaint report for July 2015, which showed a significant 56% increase in credit reporting complaints between June and July of this year. The report also showed a 45% increase in credit … Continue reading

Senator Proposes Early Warning Alerts to Curtail Identity Theft

Senator Charles Schumer has proposed an idea that would help identity theft victims, and possibly limit the damage caused by these breaches. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wants the three largest credit reporting firms--Equifax, TransUnion and Experian--to immediately send … Continue reading

Credit Card Delinquencies Remain Steady, Despite 15 Million New Accounts

The latest TransUnion Industry Insights Report reveals credit card debt and delinquency rates have remained steady compared to last year, despite the addition of 15 million new card accounts in America. Delinquencies and debt in the first quarter of 2015 … Continue reading

Some State Legislatures Tackling Child Identity Theft

Child identity theft is a growing problem that is starting to get addressed by the big three credit bureaus and some state legislatures. According to a recent study, over 10% of children had someone else using their Social Security number. … Continue reading

Protecting Your Child Against Identity Theft

Stealing a child's Social Security number is one of the biggest prizes for an identity thief. Children have no credit files and, since parents rarely suspect anything, these stolen numbers can normally be used for years. A sad example of this … Continue reading

Big Changes at the Three Major Credit Bureaus

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion track consumer credit information on almost every person in the United States. This information is put into a database and also calculated into a credit score that is used to determine what interest rate you will … Continue reading

New Changes to Credit Reports Should Benefit Consumers

On Monday, the three largest credit reporting agencies reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General to change the way consumers can dispute errors on their credit reports. As a result, disputing a mistake on your credit report could … Continue reading

Credit Card Balances Reach 6-Year High

Credit card balances grew approximately 5% in 2014, the highest growth rate since the economy crashed in 2008. The report from TransUnion showed that 157 million consumers had access to a credit card during the fourth quarter of 2014, which is … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 29, 2014

U.S. Late Payment Rate on Credit Cards is at the Lowest Level in Seven Years Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit. … 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

Consumers Once Again Paying Mortgages Before Credit Cards

Consumers are once again making their mortgage payments ahead of paying their credit card bills, according to new research from TransUnion. This reverses the unusual trend that developed in September 2008 after the housing bust. When the housing market crashed, a … 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 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 Weekly Credit Card Update–March 21, 2014

Consumers Not Powerless in Face of Credit Card Fraud Most card companies already have custom alerts and other features that not enough consumers use. Then there's something that all cards should have but most don't--an on/off switch accessible from a … 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

Slight Increase in Credit Card Late Payments

There has been a slight increase in credit card late payments between the second and third quarters of 2013. The second quarter reported 90+ day late payments at 1.27% for the nation, while the third quarter showed 1.36%. While this marginal … Continue reading 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

Iowa Maintains Lowest Credit Card Debt Per Capita

According to a report from TransUnion, Iowa had the lowest credit card debt per capita during the second quarter of 2013. The average debt per borrower in Iowa was $3,885. To put this into perspective, states like Alaska reported per … 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

One-Third of Americans Have Never Checked Their Credit Score

A new study from TransUnion reveals that a staggering 32.7% of Americans have never checked their credit scores or credit reports. An additional 24.6% of those surveyed said they had not checked their credit score or credit report within the … 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

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

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

Personal Finance Tips for Newlyweds

June is a popular month for weddings, and couples are joining together to form new families. This season of celebration is also the time to set the household budget and establish financial priorities. Many couples begin marriage with one or … Continue reading

Credit Card Debt & Delinquencies Fall in First Quarter of 2013

Americans are doing a better job of paying off their credit card debt, and they are doing so in a timely manner. According to the latest report from TransUnion, the average credit card debt per borrower fell 1.7 percent to … 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 Weekly Credit Card Update–February 22, 2013

FTC: Cramming Fraud Targets Consumers’ Credit Cards The FTC has added a new alert about a fraud called cramming where small charges of $10, $20, or $30 are secretly inserted onto your credit card bill. These small charges add up … Continue reading

Credit Card Delinquencies Rise Due to Holiday Spending

An increase in holiday spending drove up late credit card payments during the fourth quarter of 2012. The credit card delinquency rate, which represents the percentage of credit card customers that are at least 90 days overdue on their payments, … 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

Areas with Worst Credit Scores All Found in the South

TransUnion has released its ranking of metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest consumer credit score in the country. Two areas in northern California--San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (700) and San Francisco-Oakland-Freemont (696)--have the highest scores. Memphis is the area with the lowest … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update – February 1, 2013

Secrets of Mobile Success: Cost-Cutting Banks Seek Smartphone Customers Strapped for new revenue and pressed into waves of cost cuts, the country's largest banks are trying to keep the customers they have, woo the ones they don't and do it … Continue reading

Alarming Number of Student Loans Are Delinquent

For the second time this week, a study by a credit agency shows delinquency rates on student loans are climbing. According to a TransUnion study, more than half of student loans are in deferred status where the loan payment has been … 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 Delinquency Rate Predicted to Remain Low in 2013

TransUnion predicts that credit card delinquency rates will remain low in 2013, but will increase slightly over current levels. The credit card delinquency rate is the percentage of bankcard borrowers that are 90 days or more delinquent on a credit card … 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

Credit Card Balances & Delinquencies Rise in Third Quarter

The average credit card debt per American borrower increased to $4,996, up 4.9 percent in the third quarter from the year before, according to a report released today from TransUnion. Late payments at least 90 days overdue also slightly increased … 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