Credit & Loans

Demystify the world of credit scores, credit cards and loans. We share what you need to know about debt, including car loans and personal loans.

7/21/16  Credit & Loans
The pros and cons of consolidating your student loans

You can’t outrun your student loan debt, but you do have options for getting it under control. Learn more about how you can lower your interest rate by consolidating your federal and private loans. 

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7/6/16  Credit & Loans
2 ways to increase your credit score today

Did you know that you can often lower your credit utilization ratio and raise your credit score by getting a credit line increase on your credit card? And if you’re just starting to build or rebuild your credit, asking a financially established relative or friend to add you as an authorized user on their credit card can help you to build your credit history.

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2/9/16  Credit & Loans
Three ways student loans can impact your life after graduation

A full 45 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 who have student loans have put off a major life event because of their debt. That includes things like buying a house, saving for retirement, even buying a car — all because they’re worried they can’t afford it.

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12/17/15  Credit & Loans
How many credit cards should I have?

With a seemingly unending stream of credit card offers, it’s important to understand how your use of credit affects your credit score – for good and bad – before you sign on the dotted line. 

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12/16/15  Credit & Loans
How holiday shopping can impact your credit score

Between the elaborate window displays, sparkling lights and tantalizing sales, it's easy to get caught up in holiday shopping fever. But it’s important to keep an eye on your spending. Going overboard could not only take a toll on your budget — it could also damage your credit score. 

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10/5/15  Credit & Loans
Paying off your credit card debt: How debt snowballs & avalanches work

When experts in debt reduction talk about ways to pay off credit card debt, they often talk about two differing methods that are named using a snow metaphor: One is called the debt snowball and the other is called the debt avalanche. But what do they mean when they talk about a snowball versus an avalanche? And how can you decide which method is the right approach for you?

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