The truth behind common credit card myths

Americans have a love affair with credit cards. There are roughly 570 million credit card accounts in the country – equal to about two cards for every adult. However, despite this widespread prevalence, many Americans still believe one or more credit card myths. As a result, these people may be harming their credit scores, paying ...

Can you get a mortgage if you have student debt?

More than 43 million Americans have student loan debt, with the average borrower paying around $200/month. Student loans can open the door to a valuable education and a rewarding career, but carrying and paying off that debt can be a financial burden and a barrier to homeownership. While it can be more challenging to get ...

How to check and understand your credit scores for free

Your credit scores are simple numbers that can have a big effect. Everything from the credit card offers you receive in the mail to how much you pay on a new loan may be impacted by your credit scores. If your scores aren’t as strong as you think they are, buying your next car, home ...

The right way to cancel a credit card

So, you want to cancel a credit card. Whether you should do so and how to complete the task isn’t always so simple, though. Canceling a card requires more than just cutting it up, and retiring that piece of plastic can be either a wise financial move or an unnecessary ding to your credit score. ...

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New rules help borrowers with medical collections

Many responsible Americans have struggled with medical debt and been unable to qualify for home financing as a result. But recently, the credit bureaus announced new rules that will improve the credit qualifications of many people with medical debt in collections. Here’s what’s changed and what it means.