Barry Paperno provides a perspective on credit and personal finance that comes from more than 25 years serving the credit industry, representing FICO, Experian, Bank of America, and others.
[Disclosure: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] The experts at Credit.com recently received this email from a reader who experienced several unpleasant — and confusing — credit surprises. Here, we help unravel the mystery of the closed credit account and the shrinking credit score: My husband and I short sold a rental home about... Read More
Is being debt-free always a good thing? Seems like a silly question. Kind of like asking if being healthy is a good thing. Living without a lot of unmanageable debt is obviously a great financial position to be in, but we get a number of blog comments from readers who think that credit scores punish people who... Read More
While you may not have heard of “no preset spending limit” (NPSL) cards, you may be carrying one right now if you have a VISA Signature or World MasterCard. NPSL cards were introduced a few years ago to provide consumers with a single “hybrid” card that combines the features of a credit card (where you... Read More
For many young people, obtaining credit can be difficult, particularly since the Credit CARD Act of 2009 reined in many of the marketing efforts directed at students by credit card issuers. Yet one of the often-overlooked positive aspects of those “good old days” (for card issuers) was that those credit cards helped develop some first-time... Read More
What is a rebuilder loan? No, it’s not a construction loan. Or then again, maybe it is, as in “re-constructing” your credit. Many consumers find themselves at the stage where they are coming out of a period of unmanageable debt, now have their finances under control, and want to prepare for the future when credit... Read More
An ongoing debate has ensued over whether a student loan borrower should have the same option of discharging the debt in bankruptcy ...
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