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Oct 12, 2012 2:26PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

A new survey also says 32% of Americans think homeowners should be able to strategically default on their mortgages without facing consequences.

Oct 5, 2012 10:39AM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

As consumers become more savvy about their scores, it may be time to look instead at the underlying factors that go into them.

Oct 3, 2012 3:52PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

A rent-to-own plan is an expensive alternative for people with bad credit, and it won't help them improve their scores.

Oct 2, 2012 12:49PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

American Express will pay more than $100 million to settle allegations that it misled consumers.

Sep 27, 2012 11:58AM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

New record-low mortgage rates have many wondering whether to refinance again and how that could impact their credit history.

Sep 26, 2012 10:24AM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

Immediate damage to your scores can be substantial. It's yet another reason to monitor your reports.

Sep 12, 2012 4:43PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

A personal finance blogger credits these decisions for his comfortable financial situation 2 decades later.

Aug 30, 2012 9:40AM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

There are times when it's worth a hit to your credit scores to tell a card issuer you don't want to do business with them anymore.

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