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So What Do You Think? Money Smart Life - Reader Survey

I think it’s time we have “the talk”. You know, the inevitable conversation in any relationship where one person asks the other: ... Cash in An Emergency - 56 Page Report * 101 Powerful Tips for Improving Your Credit Score - 54 Pages [more...]

Date: 2008-06-10 14:09:15

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Free FICO Score At Equifax (No Strings)

Written on 10/02/2008 by me, Jay White, the founder of Dumb Little Man and an all around average guy ... . As you may know, Equifax is one of the 3-primary credit bureaus in the US and its score is used heavily ... (as promotions do), you can also obtain a free credit report at annualcreditreport.com. While it won't give [more...]

Date: 2008-10-02 12:12:54

Why Buyers Should Adopt the Scout Motto

       Be Prepared! Buyers, especially first time home buyers, need to adopt the scout’s motto ... a full credit report and did not send your file to their underwriter for approval. If you are really ... .  Follow their advice.  Many of today’s buyers need to clean up their credit scores in order to obtain [more...]

Date: 2008-07-02 17:47:16

Sunday Money Madness - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everybody! Let’s kick off the first of this year’s roundup with a bang! ... Bureaus Roll Out New Credit Score Formula for 2009. Finance for a Freelance Life asks Got Gift Cards ... @ Saving to Invest. Carnival Of Credit Report Stories Dec 22 @ Lava. Related Posts Sunday Money [more...]

Date: 2009-01-04 13:07:58

Volcom Coney Island Ls Shirt Black Womenaposs

Do it, and then do it again and again and again. * If someone bids $22 ... on your credit report is going to cost you dearly in your score. ... spiders the most. When you apply for a credit card through moneyeverything. As you know, my ultimate [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 16:35:14

Credit Card Horror

The availability of credit for anyone no matter their credit history has caused many financial problems for consumers ... card companies report that at least 20% of consumers have maxed out credit cards ... specific sales pitch or ad. If you have a good credit score, (630 or above), you can usually [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 23:12:15

How You Can Remove a Tax Lien

With a tax lien on your credit report your score will be dramatically affected. You should take action to erase this mark from your report. [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 08:38:51


WHAT THE HELL?  By R.J. Godlewski ©August 13, 2008, ... ) for any change, my credit report will show that I continually owe $126 in regards to an account with a major bank. Okay, now everyone who doesn’t hold a six-digit credit score will know intimately [more...]

Date: 2008-08-13 20:56:29

Coming This Week…

by Matthew Schwarzfeld - Tuesday, July 29 Credit: ProPublica 9:30 a.m ... . Access Code: 69922#) 2 p.m. -- House Financial Services holds a hearing on credit scoring models ... taxes. The hearing will discuss a coming GAO report on payroll abuse. 10 a.m. -- Senate Committee [more...]

Date: 2008-07-28 19:32:20

TIMSS: U.S. moves up in math, but Asians still rule

The new TIMSS 2007 report is out. U.S. fourth and eighth graders improved in math but stayed the same in science, reports the New York Times ... as they become adults. . . . Second, test scores, at least average test scores, don’t seem ... no credit for the minimal math gains. [more...]

Date: 2008-12-10 10:57:32

No home equity, no downpayment, no dice

  The following is from the The Mortgage Report Blog ... Mae tightened debt ratio and credit scoring requirements, however, the newest underwriting updates [more...]

Date: 2008-10-22 16:42:00

N.J. man learns modifying mortgage to cut payments may impair credit rating

by Moe Bedard on September 29, 2009 · 0 commentsin American Nightmare To confuse consumers even more, not all lenders follow the guidelines.That may change on November 1, when lenders can use a new code to report them as a “loan modification under government program.” The code will clarify which borrowers have taken modifications, but because the modification process itself is not streamlined, it won’t be the only worm squiggling out of the can.The bigger impact on credit scores may depend on how [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 13:48:05

Mortgage Rates January 15, 2009

The Producer Price Index (PPI) came out and reflected virtually no inflation on the wholesale side of things ... payment, 740 credit scores, and verifiable income and assets. Rates vary based on borrower profile ... of this report will likely have a significant affect on the markets. I would say that today is a good [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:03:13

Friday Rates are Improved

This week month continues to be very ugly for the stock market and traders are seeking the safety of bonds ... is based on owner occupied with a minimum credit score of 720, “full doc” purchase with a sales price ... week, watch for the Job’s Report will be on Thursday, July 3 (since Friday is a holiday) which tends [more...]

Date: 2008-06-27 22:02:21

Mortgage Rates: Crude and Unemployed

Today’s Job’s Reports revealed the highest unemployment in twenty years ... below is based on owner occupied with a minimum credit score of 720, “full doc” purchase with a sales ... .   Bad news with the Jobs Report is what’s keeping mortgage rates from teetering significantly [more...]

Date: 2008-06-06 19:11:41

Rates for Friday Afternoon

Mortgage rates are much improved since what I posted last week.  Wednesday and Thursday were rough on the markets as traders braced (and rightly so) for a stinky Jobs Report.  Bad news typically (but not always these days) equals lower rates ... quote below is based on owner occupied with a mid-low credit score of 720-739, “full doc” purchase [more...]

Date: 2008-11-07 21:38:07

Sometimes, You Gotta Flush Twice.

Obama pieces together economic planObama released a report from his economic team that claimed a $775 billion economic stimulus package he is ... . With no savings account, and a low credit score, they are hardly rich. You're rich when your money ... the minimums on your credit cards, and just the interest on that jumbo mortgage doesn't make you rich [more...]

Date: 2009-01-10 16:09:00

Green Ink: Tough Times for Tesla

Crude oil futures slipped to $71 amid signs of weakening demand in 2009, Bloomberg reports, ... up some of Chesapeake’s gas leases, both in the WSJ (sub reqd.). The credit crunch scores another casualty ... a pollutant, opening the door to emissions regulation under the Clean Air Act. The economic meltdown [more...]

Date: 2008-10-16 12:00:50

Account Closed

It was a giant step for me, but when I realized I haven't used the account since last February--12 months--I decided to call and close my Discover ... cards.I'm eligible for my free credit report in a month or so, and I hope to go through that and make sure ... me a hard time. Started talking to me about my FICO score and how closing an account that I've [more...]

Date: 2009-01-10 16:35:00

some things on my mind #5

Got some things, that I just feel like sharing, rambling, or ranting about. So here goes: 1. First things first ... your score by being listed on your Mamma's Visa that has a $5K credit limit, well that ain't gonna ... on January 9th. I strongly suggest that you get your copies of all three credit reports asap to see [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 19:20:00


In one of today’s government reports at least two positive stats can be Foreclosure starts dipped 2.6% in the third quarter vs. the second quarter ... income) to subprime (low credit score) through subprime. The chart shows the proportion of loans 60 days ... foreclosures in the period. Unfortunately, other than those facts the report was fairly bleak [more...]

Date: 2009-01-11 03:10:55

Friday’s Rates on Thursday

Huh?  Since tomorrow is Independence Day, the bond markets will be closed…so I thought I would provide you with mortgage rates on today ... with a minimum credit score of 720, “full doc” purchase with a sales price of $500,000 and a loan ... .   We also had the Jobs Report released today which reported a loss of 62,000 jobs [more...]

Date: 2008-07-03 18:00:27

The New Year Creates Fresh Opportunity for Resolving to Reduce Debt

Free Rapid Debt Reducer software and online advice at RapidDebtReducer.com provide big motivation for making a commitment today GROTON, Vt., Jan ... report and score, and put that information to use ... Jolley to the millions of Americans who are struggling with overdue credit card payments, defaults [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 10:50:23

A Word About the Anti Clinton Media

BY TAYLOR MARSH Reporting from Denver Howard Wolfson went to Fox for a reason. Keith Olbermann, once again, illustrated why ... and MSNBC deserve better than what Olbermann and Matthews serve up, especially on the Clinton score ... . You will likely never see credit where it is due from that crowd. Bob Somerby presents MoDo [more...]

Date: 2008-08-28 17:11:24

Barbara Walters To Interview the Obamas

» read full story Latest News [ ... Walters To Interview the Obamas According to the Hollywood Reporter, Barbara Walters has managed to score ... , what is the best way to show that you don’t care? Another credit card, of course. Sony and Visa [more...]

Date: 2008-11-25 22:47:00

Mortgage Rates for Friday Afternoon

This morning’s Jobs Report was even worse than expected with 533, ... s report.   Mortgage rates are much improved over the last rate post (pre-Thanksgiving) and slightly ... ).  The conforming rate quote below is based on owner occupied with a mid-low credit score of 720-739, “full [more...]

Date: 2008-12-05 21:22:25

Mortgage Rates following a Dismal Jobs Report

This mornings Jobs Report was ugly. 240,000 non-farm jobs lost in October (higher than the expected 200,000) and unemployment at 6.5% ... with a sales price of $500,000 and a loan amount of $400,000. Rates are priced based on a low-mid credit score [more...]

Date: 2008-11-07 16:48:53

Apple's MobileMe service set to debut

Apple MobileMe box (Credit: Apple) Update at 10:08 a.m. PDT, with clarification on how users' e-mail will be handled ... $99, which is similar to the .Mac price, but purchasers of an iPhone 3G will be able to score a subscription for $69 on Friday, the report notes. [more...]

Date: 2008-07-08 18:57:43

4th Quarter 2008 Market Report

4th Quarter 2008 Market Report January 15, 2009 at 3: ... and obtaining a loan is harder than ever, even for people with respectable incomes and credit scores [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:02:00

GOODY TWO SHOES: Revenge Of The Nerds

Media layoffs are at their highest since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, reports The Hollywood Reporter: “Layoffs in the media industry, ... graveyards like F’d Company (itself now deceased), scores of unemployed tech workers would congregate ... ) and the Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee). To its credit, Wonkette mentioned it straight away: "Here’ [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 08:21:08

The Rookie Report: EJ and Al

Note: I promoted this excellent post by citizen Redmosa to the front page ... -case scenario being 30 wins at most, etc etc...), but honestly, give credit when it's deserved ... . The kid has a nose for scoring and knows how to score [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 14:35:30

Why Would An Admitted Freshman Retake the SAT?

In keeping with the U.S. News topic that Geoffrey Rapp is blogging about, ... . That score is one of the factors in the rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report. I bet that even ... its admitted freshmen a $300 campus bookstore credit to retake the SAT, and $1,000 a year in merit [more...]

Date: 2008-10-17 01:16:35

Old Debts Under $100 Don't Matter Under FICO '08 [Fico]

An update to how the new FICO '08 scoring system got revamped this year: Collection ammounts where the original debt was under $100 will be totally disregarded, MarketWatch reports . Back in Feb we reported that they would still be taken into account but only matter less. Also, FICO'08 has been rolled out to all three credit bureaus since last month. Before it was only being tested at one and there was some disagreement over whether all the bureaus would accept it. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-24 17:00:00

PA Debate Reactions Slightly Favor McCain

Given some of the states in play, as well as the state of the race - this report out of Pennsylvania is slightly more positive for McCain than it is ... by a margin of 5 -2 with 7 scoring a draw. McCain led with leaners 6 - 4. The full article isn't long ... more polished," said Glazier, who works in credit and collections. "He really unflapped Obama [more...]

Date: 2008-09-27 11:57:33

Understanding How An Escrow Account Works and If You Should Avoid Them

An escrow account is established by a broker, under the provisions of law, to hold funds on behalf of two or more people until a contract or transaction has been completed.  People are most familiar with escrow accounts in conjunction with their mortgage.  A person’s mortgage lender sets up an escrow account to receive monthly payments from the home buyer which is usually lumped into the mortgage payment and used to pay for obligations such as homeowners’ insurance, property taxes, and assessments. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 12:00:44

Avoid the Freshman Financial Fifteen

College students have a lot to deal with: New classes, new surroundings, new friends, and adjusting to a new lifestyle away from home.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in the college scene and forget to take care of your finances, but making good decisions early will pay dividends later.  Here are fifteen financial missteps often made by college students and strategies to avoid them.1.    Not budgeting This is undoubtedly the biggest mistake we college students can make.  It is important to set [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 15:10:57

Better Deals On A Bad Credit Secured Loan

A bad credit incident is identical to a peck on a borrowers credit report. The late payments or reluctant defaults were circumstantial, though right divided they have been strafing your repute as a borrower. Every time we visit a lender for a little help, bad credit remarks lift their nauseous conduct and we lapse dull handed. However, all is not mislaid for people with bad credit or ccjs opposite them. The lending marketplace is fiercely competitive. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 06:20:56

Credit Services

October 1, 2009 | By Sara Bernard In Finance | by Sara BernardThe recent economic downturn and financial crises have left many people with destroyed credit. Some credit repair companies are making outrageous claims that they can instantly repair credit. You need understand what these credit repair companies intend!If you want to start a credit repair process, the first thing you should do is find your credit report. It is widely available online due to a new law. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 21:25:56

How Debt Management Programs Affect Your Credit Score

Thoughts on managing debt wisely with debt management programs. How do these programs affect your Equifax credit report and score ? I have been a financial counselor for over two years, and here’s one question I often receive from clients: if I implement your debt management program, how will this affect my credit score? People ask this because they wonder whether getting outside assistance to handle their debt could potentially be a strike against their credit. Well, my response is simple. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 08:14:35

Find Out How To Repair Your Poor Credit

by Martha Gonzalez For nearly all people in life the major financial purchases like buying a house or a vehicle require credit. Of course, in order to be approved for credit you must have a decent credit score. Life and finances both tend to be less expensive and much easier when you have a good credit score. But what can you do if your credit score is already shot? There are a few steps that you can take to improve and repair your credit. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 05:59:50

Robert Pattinson: Vancouver Life According to Jack Huston!

Actually, this report is possible and very convincing. Multiple news sources report that Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson who plays the role of Edward Cullen is now "jailed" and afraid to be a "normal person" (I think so), according to his 'Eclipse' co-star Jack Huston. Eclipse is the third installment of the Twilight Saga where Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast members are in Vancouver shooting scenes for the movie. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 18:33:00

Obtaining Your Own Personal Instant Approval Credit Card

by Chris Channing The idea of an instant credit card doesn’t seem so safe at first glance. After all, there is plenty of debt in the world, and much skepticism for new financial ventures that comes with it. Instant credit cards are offers in which can tell you if you are approved in seconds- and are lenient on who may apply. The approval process for an instant approval credit card, surprisingly, isn’t going to be as simple as the title would imply. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 11:09:19

Credit Repair! You May Have A Bad Credit Rating And Not Even Know It

When we talk about credit repair, most of us believe that repairing our credit rating is directly related to our mis management of our finance s, and in most cases that is true! However, many of us don’t realize that thousands of men and women every year find out they have bad credit due to credit fraud, and if you’re not 1% sure on how this happens, it’s a method by criminal organizations that are stealing your identity and using it for financial criminal activities. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 14:31:03

Realize Your Credit Score Plus 3 In 1 Credit Report

Realize Your Credit Score Plus 3 In 1 Credit Report by Sara M Perry3-in-1 credit reports are summaries from all three of the foremost credit bureaus. They cover the financial history collected on one person or group in order to “report their credit worthiness” or in other words, whether or not it is expected that they have the resources and trustworthiness to pay off a new obligation.These reports supply information from the three foremost credit reporting agencies. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 11:31:33

Need Info About Credit Cards – Read this Publication

When you are looking for a credit card offer you probably want something that will correspond to your needs, not something that is most advertised and popular. Different people have different lifestyles and spending habits, and they want different credit cards which will help in various life situations. If you like travelling or if you just travel a lot make sure you find a credit card offer that provides special bonuses which will considerably enhance your journeys. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 10:17:59

Reinventing America

America faces serious challenges to maintain its storied status quo. Hurdles include a sinking economy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the rising cost of education, global warming, a crumbling infrastructure and American workers with uncertain futures. Trendwatchers are more acutely aware of these issues than most, but they’re also more hopeful [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 09:40:59

Employee and Credit

An ordinary or typical employee which comprises the majority of the population usually depends on the the salary that they received every month, ... and can remove credit report errors which is undesirable to any prospective applicant.To tell you frankly ... resort to applying for credit to meet both ends. Some are good payers trying to pay their debt [more...]

Date: 2009-01-10 23:51:00

Another Quasi-Nationalization, House Debuts Obama Stimulus, Russian Resource War Approaches, Prices Fall and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Congress unleashes remainder of TARP… another $350 billion into the void Treasury wastes no time… Bank of ... and hawing on how “It’ll be different this time,” the rest of the bailout went straight to the Treasury ... and Merrill in less than 12 months. Today we learned Lewis has been pleading with Uncle Sam [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 20:25:19

2008 Year in Review - A Look Back (1 of 3)

What follows are excerpts of posts from 2008. It was a busy year.George Bush and Karl Rove were masters of politics and the two stooges of policy, a frightening reminder that voters can be easier to seduce than reality.-----------Why not build the Escher Expressway – build all roads to slope downhill as a means to improve gas mileage? [more...]

Date: 2009-01-02 07:53:00

Nader v. Obama

Part 11 (”The Anti-Reagan”). The daily videos involved are from NeverFindOut.org, a project of Let Freedom Ring (donation link is here) ... . In 2005, he was ranked to the left of such notable fiscal conservatives such as Chuckie “Free Credit Report” Schumer, Joe “Plagiarists ‘R Us” Biden, Robert “KKK” Byrd , John Francois Kerry, Ted “ [more...]

Date: 2008-10-30 15:45:25

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