Posts Categorized: Credit and Debt

Last week, Washington Post reported that Marriott International disclosed a massive data breach in which hackers had access to the reservation systems of many of its hotel chains for the past four years, a breach that exposed the private details of up to 500 million people. This data breach – one of the largest in…

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The use of credit scores goes back to the 1950’s, but it became prevalent during the 1980’s as a way for lenders to quickly and easily evaluate a potential borrower’s creditworthiness. Today credit scoring is used by lenders, insurers, landlords, employers, utility companies, and even judges, to evaluate your credit behavior. There are many types…

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When people are trying to build credit, typically they will use a credit card to establish that they are a good credit risk. They might start with secured cards, or become co-signers on the accounts of other users with good credit. However, getting a credit card can become a life-long commitment, getting you into debt…

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Interest rates play a central role in our financial lives, but sometimes it’s confusing to sort them all out. You might pay 3.5% interest on your auto loan, 4.5% on a home loan, and 13% on your credit cards. Meanwhile, your savings account is earning a paltry 0.5% in interest. On top of that, there’s…

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