eCredable

rss

The eCredable blog

The last time I got up in front of a group to talk about my job, no one had questions for me. It was a high school career day a few weeks ago, and the students stared at me blankly as I dropped words like “personal finance,” “credit scores” and “debt.” I could tell they thought my work wasn’t exciting, that the topics I write about are boring. Everyone was happy when the bell rang to end my session.

Last month, the White House announced that more than half of American adults would soon have access to free credit scores through their credit card issuers. Soon after, Citi began sharing scores with its cardholders. Last week, upstart VantageScore announced it was making in-roads with lenders and is about to serve its 1 billionth score. This week comes word from FICO, the folks who supply the most commonly-used credit score, that it will for the first time make 18 different versions of its FICO score available to consumers — for a fee.

How long should someone wait for a credit report? I mailed AnnualCreditReport.com requests for a single credit agency report for my daughter and myself, but neither of us has received a response. I do not want to send an additional request and be billed for multiple reports.

Credit Invisibles

Approximately 11% of the U.S. population has no credit file, which makes them "credit-invisible"* With no credit history, these individuals often face significant barriers to obtaining credit - which gives financial institutions a unique opportunity to help. Here are some insights from a nationwide online survey of 450 credit-invisible consumers conducted between July 31and Ag. 16, 2017.

How to leverage Alternative Data (like phone and utility bills) to impact traditional credit scores like FICO and VantageScore

Tips for building a credit history if you are an international student or immigrated to the United States. Credit is an important part of the American financial institution and therefore an important part of the American dream. If you have no credit as an immigrant or international student, know that you do have options to help you build your credit history in a responsible manner.

Good credit is an essential part of your overall financial health. As a smart consumer, you probably already know that paying attention to your credit scores is important. Without good credit you can expect to pay more for the things you need. Without good credit you may be denied for loans, credit cards, and even housing.