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    6 Ways You Can Lose Your Credit Card Rewardscredit, Personal Finance

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    Your points, miles and cash back are not nearly as secure as the money you deposit in a federally secured bank. Your credit card rewards are subject to some rules and terms that you need to follow in order to redeem and use them. Credit card rewards come in several different forms, and each has its own vulnerabilities. To make sure that you never lose your valuable rewards, consider these six ways that it can […]

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    5 Random Reasons Your Credit Score Could DropFinancial Literacy, credit, Personal Finance

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    You likely know that monitoring your credit score is an important part of managing and maintaining your financial health, but it’s also important to understand how your credit score is calculated and the key factors that are used in the calculation. Even then, though, there are the outliers, the unknowns, the credit goblins that go bump in the night and, come morning, you’ve got a small ding on your credit score that you had no control […]

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    The Best Investment You Have: Your CreditFinancial Literacy, credit

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    When it comes to investments, there is no end to the commentary about the best ways to do it. Often there is substantial risk. But that isn’t always the case. In fact, there’s one portfolio that could be the deciding factor on whether you go on that family vacation, buy a new car or retire early — and it requires no capital at all. The portfolio I’m talking about is not affected by daily stock […]

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    How Many Americans Have Bad Credit?credit, Personal Finance

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    Only a small sliver of people have absolutely terrible credit scores, but plain-old bad credit? That’s a lot more common. Nearly a third of Americans have a credit score lower than 601 — the distinction between bad and fair credit — according to credit bureau Experian. These figures come from a breakdown of Experian’s 2015 VantageScore 3.0 data. It’s the newest VantageScore model, which uses a scale of 300 to 850, and even though it scores 30 […]

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    Are Chip Cards Exposing You to a Deeper Form of Identity Theft?credit, Identity Theft

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    U.S. consumers have finally been liberated from archaic technology that used to protect them and their credit cards from identity theft. Millions of Americans now have chip-enabled credit cards, and the results of this sweeping change are in. An estimated 13 million consumers fell victim to identity theft fraud in 2015, according to Javelin Strategy and Research’s latest annual Identity Fraud Study. That represents a small (3%) increase over the firm’s 2014 findings, but a more […]

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    10 Financial Choices You’ll Regret in 10 YearsFinancial Literacy, credit, Personal Finance

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    Life is full of financial decisions, some simple, some complex, but all with the potential to make a real impact on your life. In a decade, your world can look quite a bit different than it is today – all because of these decisions. Today I’d like to focus on some financial choices you’re likely to regret in 10 years. I’d like to save you from the pain, the chaos and the heartache that occurs when […]

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    Help! I Just Found Out I Have Bad Creditcredit, Personal Finance

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    If you’ve gone a long time without checking your credit (or if you’re checking it for the very first time), you may be in for a surprise. A whopping 56% of Americans had bad credit scores, per a survey from early 2015. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to panic if your score is below 600 (the generally accepted definition of subprime.) Instead, you can follow these simple steps in order to unearth what’s going on — […]

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    How to Score a Lower Credit Card Interest RateFinancial Literacy, credit, Personal Finance

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    The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first-time in nearly seven years this December, citing improvements in the economy. That means anyone with a variable-rate credit card might see their annual percentage rate go up. But you don’t have to weather the storm: Depending on your spending habits and financial health, there may be ways to score a lower APR in 2016. Here’s how. 1. Raise Your Credit Score A good credit score entitles you to the best […]

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    4 Ways to Jump-Start Your Debt Repayment Plan in 2016Financial Literacy, Lifehacking, credit

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    Paying down your debt is a popular and noble goal to work toward. Of course, getting to that zero balance is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are some ways you can make the task a bit easier and increase the odds you’ll stay on track. Here’s how to jump-start your debt repayment plan in 2016. 1. Keep Your Other Resolutions New Year’s can be a great time to rebalance your budget — which will in turn […]

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    5 Credit Card Mistakes You Repeat Every Yearcredit, Personal Finance

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    The approaching new year gives us all an opportunity to remedy financial mistakes — or at the very least, learn from them. But if you find yourself repeatedly visited by the ghosts of credit cards past, there’s a good chance you don’t know exactly where you’re going wrong. To help you break the cycle in 2016, here are some common mistakes consumers repeat every year. 1. Forgetting the Basics Credit cards come equipped with a lot of bells […]

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