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Prepaid Cards: 5 Good Reasons to Put Them in Your Wallet

Lately, many banks and celebrities have been encouraging us to switch from credit or debit cards to prepaid cards. And even though these tools have their downsides, we can think of five situations when prepaid cards are the right plastic for the purpose.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy a House Right Now

Interest rates are at historic lows, and the housing market is showing signs of rebounding. Still, many people who want to are unable to get in on the action. But what if that's actually good for them? Here are five reasons why people with damaged credit maybe shouldn't buy a house right now.

Money Guru Suze Orman Pushes Her Brand of Plastic

Suze Orman is trying to succeed where the Kardashians failed. The host of the popular TV money show is offering a new prepaid card that works much the same way as a debit card. Her goal: Offer a credit card alternative that doesn't charge you an arm and a leg.

Can't Get Credit? You May Be Living in the Wrong State

Credit is ever so personal, and ultimately it's your responsibility -- but it's not solely about you. Your state's creditworthiness can impact you too. For that reason, CardRatings.com's recently released rankings of the 10 Best and Worst States for Consumer Credit is worth a look-see.

Identity Fraud More Prevalent Than You'd Imagine

At least 16% of Americans have engaged in some kind of identity fraud -- lying about their Social Security number, name or birthday -- on applications for goods and services, a new study reveals. That's 45 million people trying to game the system, and every time one succeeds, he or she may be making trouble for you.

Peering Into the Peer-to-Peer Lending Boom

For those who can't get bank loans, the new business of peer-to-peer lending can be a lifesaver. Internet companies connect people who need to borrow with individuals willing to lend to them directly -- for a fair profit, of course. Here's how it all works.

Borrowing Trouble at Microlender Prosper.com

Peer-to-peer lending site Prosper.com has stopped letting high-risk borrowers use its site because too many of them failed to repay their loans. The site's problem, says columnist and one-time lender Alex Salkever, is that Prosper got in the way of letting a social bond form between microborrower and microlender.

A Bad Credit Score's Nasty Surprises

Regular WalletPop readers know by now how important their credit score is when it comes to taking out a loan for a house, car or home-improvement...

More Car Loans Go to Borrowers With Bad Credit

If you've been rejected for a car loan due to poor credit, you might want to apply again. The automotive credit industry increased the share of new car loans going to credit-challenged borrowers by 12.7% in the third quarter, a sign that lenders are loosening their credit criteria.

GM's a Day Away From Making Its Own Car Loans Again

General Motors will once again have its own in-house financing unit starting Friday, when the auto giant closes on its $3.5 billion purchase of AmeriCredit. The new unit, to be renamed General Motors Financial, will allow GM to offer consumers more financing and leasing options.