What Is the FICO Resilience Index?

By the end of May 2020, more than 40 million people had filed unemployment claims due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdowns. Governments, charities, and even creditors scrambled to put programs in place to support people during this time while also mitigating future economic fallout. And this isn’t the first time creditors have found… Read More

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3 Ways to Build Credit if You Can’t Get a Credit Card

Credit cards, interest rates, loans, even where you live—these all depend on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, you’re more likely to get better financial offers. But if you have a low or nonexistent score, the chances of getting prime financial offers are pretty slim. If you have low or nonexistent… Read More

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6 Tips for Your Job Search During the Coronavirus Outbreak

New developments continue to pour in each day surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has drastically changed nearly every aspect of life for millions of people, and the workforce in particular has been hit hard. Businesses, employees, and job seekers are all scrambling to identify what exactly “normal” will look like in the coming… Read More

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Student Loans vs. Financial Aid

As of early 2020, student loan debt in the nation had reached more than $1.5 trillion. More than 44 million individuals have student loan debt, and the average person with student loans owes a bit over $32,000—which is more than half of the average household income in the United States. As a new school year… Read More

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Should I Invest Internationally?

Q. I’m 50 and I hope to retire at 60. How much of my portfolio should be in international investments, and with what focus? — Trying to prepare A. We’re glad to hear you’re saving and investing, but the answer to your question isn’t that simple. For starters, keep in mind that all markets are… Read More

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How Long Do Hard Inquiries Stay on Your Credit Report?

Your credit report offers valuable insight into your financial history and affects most of your financial future. Everything from whether you get approved for a mortgage to what your credit card interest rate will be balances on your credit score. Negative information on your credit report can be detrimental for years. Wonder how long hard inquiries stay on your credit report?… Read More

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How Much Does a Cosigner Help with Getting Auto Loans or Better Loan Terms?

Imagine you’re shopping for a new car and finally find a reasonably priced set of wheels that you like. But when the dealer pulls your credit, that seemingly affordable monthly payment is no longer available to you. Instead, you’re offered a subprime car loan at 10% or even 20% interest because your credit isn’t strong… Read More

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