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How Your Credit Limit is Determined

Just how do lenders set your credit limit? There are two major factors that most lenders look at in order to set your initial credit limit.

New Credit Score Will Tell Lenders More About You

Mortgage lenders will soon have access to new details about a prospective borrower's past -- such as past rental applications, inquiries to pay-day lenders, and missed child support payments -- that will be factored in to a new credit score.

A Reader Asks: How Can I Increase My Credit Limit?

A reader named Crystal wanted to increase the limit on her credit card, but got denied -- and she found the explanation the card company gave her cryptic. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley decodes the message and offers tips on accessing credit.

How to Raise Your Odds of Getting a Mortgage

It doesn't look like the housing market will come roaring back anytime soon, but with historically low interest rates, now's a good time to buy. The hard part is that banks in the post-bubble era are notoriously stingy with that cheap money, so figuring out how to get a smile out of a mortgage lender is task No. 1.

How to Score the Right Credit Card for You

Credit card banks know plenty about you -- but what do you really know about them? CreditKarma.com wants to give you the inside scoop on which cards cater to whom, so you'll be able to find the best fit for you -- and avoid having your credit report dinged by turn-downs.

What New Consumer Agency Will Do for You

On Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially opens for business. Even as the political fight continues over just how potent the agency will be, at root, its mission is to make clear the prices and risks of financial products and services. Here's where it will focus its early efforts:

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.

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.

No Wonder So Many Americans Hate Credit Card Companies

Americans are generally a cheerful, friendly lot, but one thing that most us of now share is a loathing of credit card companies. DailyFinance contributor Alex Salkever's most recent absurd tale of plastic woe has convinced him that's unlikely to change anytime soon.

One woman's short sale tale

When Noemi Rodriguez bought a two-bedroom, 830-square-foot condo in the San Fernando Valley of LA, for $307,000, she had good credit and a steady job...

New Hidden Fees on Credit Cards

A new report by the Center for Responsible Lending shows that issuers have created or expanded at least eight hidden charges to replace the income they anticipate losing because of newly enacted laws and Federal Reserve rules intended to stop credit card abuses.