About 52 million American adults don't have sufficient credit histories to generate a credit score.
As children increasingly get targeted for identity theft, companies are offering new protections -- for a monthly fee.
For nearly 10 years, we've all been able to get free credit reports. But, with few exceptions, we still can't see our credit scores without paying for the privilege.
You probably have 3 scores, so which score do mortgage lenders consider? And what if there's a spouse or partner involved in the deal?
How does the APR on your credit card compare with those of other similar cards on the market?
Are the 'educational scores' offered by free services like Credit Karma of any value if they're not the credit scores that lenders see?
If there's a mistake on your report, whom do you tell -- and how long will it be before it's corrected?
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Even when they have a plan for their refund check from Uncle Sam, Americans often don't realize how they actually spend the windfall.
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