Introducing Life Stage Lessons: Real stories of moments people realized they had to change their financial lives. First up, a big spender takes stock.
Americans still have a long way to go to get the real credit improvement they should strive for.
Seemingly minor issues on your credit report could hurt your credit. Check carefully -- you're among the 73% who actually check your credit report, right?
Delinquent debt is rampant among Americans, a new report finds, and some consumers don't even know that they're behind in payments and hurting their credit.
A consumer is exasperated because when she closed a Kohl's account months ago, the rep marked her deceased - and Experian has been slow to fix the problem.
Strategies to build credit include becoming an authorized user on someone else's credit card, acquiring a secured credit card or paying off student loans.
You don't have to pay your credit cards off to boost your credit score. But you do need to come up with a plan for paying down your credit card balances.
There are steps to take after having a short sale of your home for less than your mortgage to start rebuilding your credit score and your family's financial lives and future.
You know a late or missed payment will ding your credit score, but how much do a few points matter, really? A lot, it turns out.
College students naturally focus on test scores and GPAs, but once you graduate, the one number that really counts is your credit score. And the impact starts immediately.
There's a lot of information and regulations behind consumers' credit scores. So, if a thing or two about yours has left you scratching your head, you're not alone.
Mary and Larry had been married for over 30 years when a few years of bad choices put them $88,557 in credit card debt. But separately and together, they battled back.
As your future earnings prospects dwindle, it's vital to get your debt under control. With that in mind, here are four things that those 50 and up should consider.
Today, we bring you five more credit counselors sharing their personal stories of financial hardship and how they worked through it.
The job of a credit counselor is to help people deal with their financial struggles, but many of them are all too familiar with the view from the other side of the table.
The identity theft prevention industry has long been defined by its twin bad habits of overpromising and underdelivering. Now, it's working to clean up its act.
If you're in a shaky financial state, having someone willing to co-sign for a loan can be a lifesaver. But for the co-signer, it's not about altruism; it's a question of risk.
Climbing the ladder of success can be a slow process. But once you get there, the reverse process -- sliding down the chute of economic despair -- can happen all too quickly.
Every time you make a plane reservation or rent a car or pay for concert tickets, you're asked to provide a credit card number. Liz Smiley provides a debit card number...