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Guide to Credit Score and Credit Reports

Learn more about your credit score and how to manage it.

Identity theft is fairly common, but it may take time to spot it. Here are 10 warning signs of identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen.

A landlord may run a credit check on a potential tenant to see how well they handle money. Tenant screening may include rental history, income, and background checks.

While there’s no such thing as too many hard credit inquiries, each hard inquiry can drop a credit score by a few points – and make the borrower appear riskier to lenders.

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Should You Use an Identity Theft Protection Service?


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No Credit Score: Can People Really Live That Way?


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FICO Scores vs Credit Scores


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What Affects Your Credit Score?


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Can Using Buy Now, Pay Later Improve My Credit?


Buy now, pay later arrangements could soon help you build your credit score – but only if you pay on time. Learn how to make these services work in your favor.

What Is Credit History? An Intro Guide


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What’s the Minimum Credit Score Needed to Get an FHA Loan?


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How Often Does a Credit Score Update?


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A personal line of credit can be an effective way to manage temporary cash-flow problems. Learn what a line of credit is and what to know before applying for one.

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