When you talk about innovation and technology when it comes to online / internet based payments these days, the conversation often turns to Bitcoin, the innovative new monetary system that’s being used more and more around the globe. However, despite the increasing number of retailers that are beginning to use them and it’s run-up in value, there are quite a few other financial innovations that are playing more of a role in the daily lives of people around the world than Bitcoin, at least for now.… Read the rest
While you may think that college is all fun and games, keeping track of your credit score and doing your best to keep it as high as possible is no laughing matter. The fact is, having a “frat party” with your buddies can wait but a good credit score shouldn’t.
For most people, college is the first time in their life that they actually begin taking responsibility for their financial affairs. Most get their first credit card, their first car insurance bill and, for some, their very first part-time job while they’re in college. While the responsibilities of college life, especially if you have a part-time job, can be daunting, now is actually the perfect time to obtain your very first credit report and learn about what you can do to keep your credit score sterling.… Read the rest
We’ve talked about your credit score quite a bit here on our blog. The reason is that they are 3 numbers that can profoundly affect you financially. Whether it’s the interest you pay on your mortgage, your ability to get a car loan or being able to get a credit card with an excellent APR, your credit score, and making sure that it’s a “good” one, is vital.
The reason it’s so vital is that your credit score takes into consideration practically everything about you credit wise. It looks at your credit cards, your car loan, your mortgage, your payment history, how much of your available credit that you are using and a number of other factors.… Read the rest
A 401(k) plan is, for many people in the United States, the very keystone of their retirement plan. Now more than ever, especially due to the fact that defined benefit plans are disappearing, many Americans have the responsibility of making their own decisions about their finances and, in most cases, doing so with very little professional assistance. These decisions are vitally important and can make or break a person’s retirement plans.
The bad news (worse news?) Is that a recent study has shown that the average 65-year-old has a 401(k) that equals about $25,000, barely enough to maintain a young, healthy person’s lifestyle let alone an older person who is leaving the workforce for good. … Read the rest
There are quite a few things that can help a person’s credit score as well as hurt it but not everything is either “positive” or “negative” when it comes to your credit score. Indeed, there are quite a few things that simply don’t matter at all when it comes to credit, something that should be a relief for plenty of people.
With that in mind we put together a blog article that goes over some of these things so that you can, at least for the holidays, put your mind at ease about whether or not you are negatively affecting your credit score.… Read the rest