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Ask an Expert: What is a credit report and why is it important?

Q. What is a credit report? Dear reader, A credit report is a very important document used by lenders and financial institutions to make their lending decisions and to set the terms and conditions of any credit they give you. To take control of your finances, it is recommended to review and understand your credit report thoroughly. So, let’s start by discussing the kind of information you will find on …Read More

How to Get a Small Business Loan Even if you Have Bad Credit

It’s no secret that finding small business financing can be an arduous process. And beyond everything else you hear you need in order to qualify for a loan, there always seems to be that one non-negotiable: a good credit score. While having good credit certainly makes it easier to qualify for a small business loan, it’s time to dispel the myth that you won’t be able to find business financing without …Read More

Ask An Expert: What are the credit bureaus?

The credit bureaus are agencies that collect, keep, and maintain consumer’s financial information. They also share and distribute this information in the form of credit reports. There are several credit bureaus or consumer reporting agencies in the U.S., but the most well-known are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. These agencies collect and receive information from credit card companies, lenders, collection agencies, and other businesses who have pre-arranged business relations with them. …Read More

Financial Goal Setting for Military Families

It’s hard to make a plan for your finances when you don’t know where you’re going. That is why it’s important to set financial goals. It’s even more important when you’re in the military because with military life comes lots of transition. When you’re in the constant state of transition, it makes it difficult to plan for anything let alone your money. Taking the time to set your financial goals …Read More

What Military Families Need to Know about the Changes to Military Retirement

by Shannon Razadin By now military families have heard about the impending changes to the military retirement system. Shannon Razsadin, executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), is here to break down what it means and explain who will be affected — and when. Why the change in military retirement? The DoD carefully considered the future of the force. The reality is, since the start of the all-volunteer …Read More

Ask An Expert: What steps should I take to prepare as a first-time homebuyer?

Q. What steps should I take to prepare as a first-time homebuyer? Dear reader: The prospect of becoming a home owner is very exciting and it’s the beginning of a long-term financial commitment, probably one of your biggest. Many first-time homebuyers find the process a lot trickier than expected, so it’s wise to be prepared to ensure you will have a successful experience. Here are some tips to help you …Read More

Tips to Settle Credit Card Debt

Settling debts is not easy. Many individuals ask us for tips to settle credit card debt. Settling your debts may be possible when a verifiable hardship exists, such as medical problems, unemployment, underemployment, divorce, or death of a family member. Recent credit card debt is more difficult to settle than other kinds of debt (medical debts in particular are generally a good candidate for settlement).   The customer service representative …Read More

How to Dispute a Billing Error

By Jesse Campbell It’s the end of another billing cycle for your credit card. You get your latest statement in the mail (or via email if you prefer the paper-free approach). As you do every month, you take out the statement and carefully examine its contents. And you see something that’s not quite right. There’s a charge on there that you don’t recall. You review your receipts. You wrack your brain. …Read More

Beware of These Financial Tricks or Treats

By Drew Kessler Halloween tricks or treats come along only once a year, but the consequences of financial decisions usually last far past the next spooky holiday. Options that seem good on the surface, if not handled properly, can have long-lasting negative consequences.To understand how a seemingly good financial move can work against you, the NFCC encourages consumers to review the following to see if their actions are resulting in …Read More

Tips for Your Credit Smart Team

By Drew Kessler What could be scarier than your teen driving for the first time? A teenager with a credit card! As vulnerable teens increasingly obtain credit cards without really knowing how to responsibly use them, the NFCC recommends parents take action now to show teens the value of a good credit history and smart credit tips. Consider starting your teen off with a credit card tied to your account. Not …Read More