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Soft vs Hard Credit Inquiries: What’s the Difference?

When anyone – including you – checks your credit report, that inquiry may get noted as part of your credit history. It can be either a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ inquiry.

What Is a Credit Tradeline?

A credit tradeline is the credit bureau term for an account on your credit report. Here are the three types of tradelines and what information each includes.

Some of the reasons your credit score can go down are obvious, but other times it’s less evident. Learn what could cause your credit score drop.

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From travel insurance to budgeting, solo travelers have a lot to consider. Here are a few money-saving tips to help you plan your next solo trip.

Protecting Yourself from Gift Card Scams

Knowing the types of gift card scams and tips to avoid them can help keep you safe from this increasingly common form of fraud. 

4 Tips for Better Financial Habits

Good financial habits can help you improve your overall financial well-being. Learn how these four tips can help jumpstart your journey to financial success.

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Booking Hotels: Via Credit Card, Hotel, Airline, or Aggregator?

Travelers have four main online options for booking a hotel stay. Here’s what each type of website has to offer. 

Rose Gold Is Back – Here’s How to Make the Most of It

American Express® Rose Gold is back, so you can choose the card that fits your style while earning Uber Cash, accelerated points on dining and groceries, and more.

Your airline miles credit card can be a budgeting benefit if you think strategically to maximize the miles you earn and get the most value when you redeem miles for tickets.

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There’s no minimum credit score needed for getting a credit card. Whatever your credit score, you’re likely to have multiple options to get a card.



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Different Types of Credit Scores 

You have different credit scores depending on the credit bureau and specific scoring model used by lenders. Learn more about the different types of credit scores.

What Is a Fair Credit Score?

A “fair” FICO credit score lands between 580 and 669 and generally means higher interest rates on credit cards and loans. But there are ways to raise that score.

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