Earns’s Editor’s Choice Award

Customers’ opinions matter most, but some healthy peer recognition is always nice too. That’s why we here at are honored that our peer,, awarded us with its Editor’s Choice Award on January 3. More importantly, we’re honored that a peer recognizes the efforts we put in to helping consumers own their financial lives.

About is dedicated to helping Americans with subpar credit get the information and tools needed to make better credit decisions. With online information, guides and informative studies, helps everyday people master financial challenges. More than five million people use the site’s tools and resources that are created by over 50 financial experts.

It could be said that when talks, people listen. So, when the Editorial team learned of the award, we were thrilled.

A Shared Commitment to Financial Empowerment

Like, is dedicated to empowering consumers to control the health of their finances. We do that by combing valuable information with valuable products and resources for people at every credit level.

Both and are committed to the hardest working Americans who struggle to improve their financial lives the most. And who are, perhaps, the most underserved group of consumers in the financial sector.’s commitment to struggling American includes access to a free Experian credit score and free report card that empowers people to see how putting financial information from, or other resources into action helps their credit standing improve over time. We add to that access to credit cards, loans and saving options for every credit level, including bad and fair credit levels along with other tools to help people improve their credit and get the financing the need. author Adam West summed up the award by saying, “For its commitment to providing resources that help consumers improve their financial standing, earns our Editor’s Choice™ Award.”

In response, General Manager David Lord said, “It’s really humbling that a peer organization,, recognizes our commitment. It adds validation to what we do every day. It’s incredible to hear good things from customers, but adds even more when a peer speaks up. ”

“We had some recent coverage in the Penny Hoarder about a stay-at-home mom who used our free score service to take control of her finances. Add that to this award, and it’s been a really humbling month. I go home feeling fantastic about what I get to do every day,” David added.

Thank you Adam and for recognizing the team’s commitment to help people take financial control. receives compensation for the financial products and services advertised on this site if our users apply for and sign up for any of them. Compensation is not a factor in the substantive evaluation of any product.

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Our People

The editorial team is staffed by a team of editors and reporters, each with many years of financial reporting experience. We’ve worked for places like the New York Times, American Banker, Frontline,, Business Insider, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC and many others. We also employ a few freelancers and more than 50 contributors (these are typically subject matter experts from the worlds of finance, academia, politics, business and elsewhere).

Our Reporting

We take great pains to ensure that the articles, video and graphics you see on are thoroughly reported and fact-checked. Each story is read by two separate editors, and we adhere to the highest editorial standards. We’re not perfect, however, and if you see something that you think is wrong, please email us at editorial team [at] credit [dot] com,

The editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

In addition to appearing on, our articles are syndicated to dozens of other news sites. We have more than 100 partners, including MSN, ABC News, CBS News, Yahoo, Marketwatch, Scripps, Money Magazine and many others. This network operates similarly to the Associated Press or Reuters, except we focus almost exclusively on issues relating to personal finance. These are not advertorial or paid placements, rather we provide these articles to our partners in most cases for free. These relationships create more awareness of in general and they result in more traffic to us as well.

Our Business Model’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

Visitors to are also able to register for a free account, which gives them access to a tool called The Credit Report Card. This tool provides users with two free credit scores and a breakdown of the information in their Experian credit report, updated twice monthly. Again, this tool is entirely free, and we mention that frequently in our articles, because we think that it’s a good thing for users to have access to data like this. Separate from its educational value, there is also a business angle to the Credit Report Card. Registered users can be matched with products and services for which they are most likely to qualify. In other words, if you register and you find that your credit is less than stellar, won’t recommend a high-end platinum credit card that requires an excellent credit score You’d likely get rejected, and that’s no good for you or You’d be no closer to getting a product you need, there’d be a wasted inquiry on your credit report, and wouldn’t get paid. These are essentially what are commonly referred to as "targeted ads" in the world of the Internet. Despite all of this, however, even if you never apply for any product, the Credit Report Card will remain free, and none of this will impact how the editorial team reports on credit and credit scores.

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- The Editorial Team