Posts By: Melinda Opperman

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (“NFCC”)  previously surveyed peoples’ opinions of their mother’s personal finance skills in a Financial Literacy Survey (“FLS”).  An overwhelming majority, 65 percent, saw their mother as either someone who is intimidated by money, views managing money as a necessary evil, or has never managed money. What mothers may not…

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As Financial Literacy Month is recognized throughout the nation, credit.org and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) are working together to spotlight the results of the 2019 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey. This year’s survey, conducted online by Harris Poll in March 2019 among 2,086 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, reveals prominent barriers to…

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Understanding interest rates on a credit card is harder than it seems. What is the real interest rate? How often is it applied, and what does it really cost? Credit cards are usually advertised by their APR (Annual Percentage Rate). What does that mean? Interest is the cost of having access to credit—it’s the fee…

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A credit limit is the maximum amount of money a lender offers to a borrower. Whether it’s in the form of a credit card, home equity line of credit, or other kind of revolving credit account, there is a maximum amount of money available to the borrower, and that amount is his/her credit limit. The…

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