The use of credit doesn't deserve the bad rap it's gotten in recent years.
Offers of 0% balance transfers are showing up in mailboxes again. They can help you get out of debt, if you use them carefully.
One benefit of the financial crisis is that people have become more knowledgeable about credit reports and credit scores. But some false beliefs persist.
A 1990 law was intended to protect consumers' privacy, court rules.
Issuers are pushing co-branded cards, but consumers can often benefit, too.
Sure, Valentine's Day is full of romantic bliss, but it's only 24 hours. A good relationship needs to be on solid ground all year long -- just like your credit rating.
It used to be that the only thing a bank or other potential lender would look at before deciding whether to offer you credit was your credit report and score. Not anymore.
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