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How to dispute bogus credit report inquiries
If a negative item on your credit report isn’t true, you dispute it. But did you know the same goes for credit report inquiries you don’t recognize or didn’t approve?
Easing adult kids out of the nest
Many parents go into debt or raid retirement savings to support their adult children when they should be nudging their fledglings to live on their own.
Do you use credit cards to self-medicate?
Fallen into the emotional money trap? Recognizing the feelings behind impulsive spending can help reduce excessive consumption.
Spending after a stroke may be voided
'Let's Talk Credit' expert Jane McNamara
His wife had a stroke, then racked up card debt. He may be able to argue diminished capacity to have it dismissed.
Credit score impact of settling old accounts
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
When you have numerous accounts that are seriously past due, is the best solution to settle the accounts or try to pay them in full?
Pay off card charges before bill arrives
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
You don't have to wait for the bill after you've charged something. Paying early can trim the interest added to the balance.
Hyatt or Marriott: Which card is best?
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
Choosing the best hotel card is a matter of weighing each card's perks against your travel needs.
Hacking PINs is as easy as 1-2-3-4
When creating PINs, many people choose dangerously simple codes that are easily remembered, and just as easily guessed by thieves.
DIY card contract slips past Russian bank
When 42-year-old Dmitry Argarkov received a credit card offer in the mail, he didn't like the terms so he decided to write his own.
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