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How to Check Your Credit Report for Identity Theft

Identity thieves are almost always opportunistic—but the crimes they commit feel very personal. Unauthorized credit card charges, bogus loan applications, missing money, and other financial violations make fraud a major nightmare. To keep fraud in check, you need to know how to check your credit report for identity theft, and how to deal with problems …

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Do Personal Guarantees Affect Credit Scores?

Whether you’re a solopreneur launching a start-up or a small-business owner seeking to grow your company, you might need extra funding. And if you’re looking for business loan, you might need a personal guarantee. Does a personal guarantee impact your credit and your own financial situation? Find out below. What Does a Personal Guarantee Mean? …

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Top Ten Tips for Rental Credit Check Success – In 2021

Passing a rental credit check doesn’t have to be stressful if you prepare in advance. Before applying for a lease, be sure to check your credit report and fix any errors, gather pay stubs or bank statements to verify your income. You can also talk to friends or family to find a willing cosigner, save …

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Bankruptcy Stays on Your Credit 10 Years and Other Myths

You might have heard that bankruptcy gives you a clean financial slate, but that’s not exactly accurate. For those experiencing serious financial distress, bankruptcy can be a way to eventually restart. Depending on your financial situation, you can get rid of debts or restructure them. But this doesn’t give you a clean slate, especially on …

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The History of the Credit Repair Industry and Why It’s Still Important Today

Why does the credit repair industry exist? It’s actually pretty simple. As long as data is being collected for credit reports, there’s room for mistakes. And those mistakes can have a big impact. They could be the difference in someone qualifying for different credit lines or not. So credit repair, consumer credit and credit bureaus—they’re …

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How Often Can You Check Your Credit Score, and How Do You Get It?

Do you keep a close eye on your personal finances? Or maybe you’ve never given them much thought. Either way, it’s time to start paying more attention to your credit score. Your credit score can control a lot—what loans you qualify for, the credit cards that are available to you, etc. To keep on top …

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