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Infographic: Add It Up—What Goes into Your Credit Score?

What's a good score? Aside from the VantageScore, which accounts for a small percentage of credit reports, most scoring models don't veer far from FICO's 300 to 850 range.

6 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Now

Improving your credit score does require some patience and perseverance -- a significant increase can take 12 months or more, according to experts. But it’s worth the effort. A jump of even 100 points can translate into thousands of dollars in...

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How I Ditched My Debt for Good

If you're in debt, you may have experienced this before: the moment when you get yourself together and finally sit down to tackle your debt you're thinking, “Yes, this is it, I got this!” But then it happens--you're suddenly surrounded by...

What Should You Do With Your Tax Refund?

Try These 5 Ways to Get More From the Money You Get Back

Which Debt Should I Pay Off First?

My husband and I have student loans and mortgage debt (on our primary home and rental properties). Which should we pay down first? —Stephany Y., Los Angeles, CA You’ve probably heard student and mortgage debt referred to as “good debt.” That’s...

"How I Paid Off $16,000 in Student Loans"

When Gina Nykerk paid off her student loans, credit card, and car, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her—and and an inspiration for several friends. When I was 23 years old, I paid off all $16,000 of my student loan debt. I can't tell...

Take Back Your Credit

Have you checked your credit report lately? You should. A recent government study found that some 10 million credit reports likely contain errors serious enough to impact people’s scores. And you know what that means. A lower score—even a little...

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