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One of the biggest concerns that many people have right now is identity fraud. There is good reason for concerns about identity theft: It’s the fastest growing crime. Whether someone uses your name and address to open a line of credit, or whether you credit card number is hijacked, identity theft is a very real concern. One way to protect your identity it to get a credit freeze. It won’t stop someone from using your…

I hate to admit it, but it’s been awhile since I’ve checked my credit report. Normally, I check my credit report three or four times a year. However, I’ve been a little lax recently. I don’t need new credit, and I’ve just not thought about it much. I’m about to rectify that, though. It’s important to check your credit report regularly. Here are 3 reasons to keep track of what’s in your credit file: 1.…

Buying a new car or truck is a major purchase. Unless you are in a position to pay cash upfront to the dealer, you will have to consider financing options. The terms and conditions associated with your loan will determine just how much you pay for your car. Just like other forms of credit, the interest rate for a car loan is calculated using your credit score. Buyers with higher credit scores will see more…

Your credit is basic to your finances, and understanding it is important for your financial education. One of the myths you hear about when talking about credit is that checking your own score can damage it. This myth grew up because when some people check your credit score, it really does damage your score — even if you don’t end up being approved for your loan. This is because there is a difference between what…

One of the most important aspects of your financial life is your credit score. Your credit score is based on information that can be found in your credit report. When your credit report is inaccurate, it can lead to a lower score. In order to keep tabs on the information that is used to form your financial reputation, you should check your credit report regularly. While you can go to the individual bureaus and pay…