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Need credit? 4 tips for success

June 28, 2011

Americans have a love/hate relationship with their credit cards, but one thing is true in our modern world:  you can’t get along without at least one credit card. Establishing credit in your own name is important, as landlords, mortgage companies, and insurance companies may check your credit. Potential employers also check prospective employees’ credit, although [...]

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Debt consolidation: using your home as collateral

June 21, 2011

Credit card debt often carries high interest rates that continue adding to balances owed when you’re making minimum payments. Ending the cycle of paying your bills only to find balances growing requires a way to pay off high cost debt. Refinancing your home or taking a home equity loan can help, but there are risks.
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Fed reports U.S. household net worth increases during first quarter 2011

June 14, 2011

The Federal Reserve reports that the average net worth of U.S. households increased by 1.2 percent during the first quarter of 2011. Before spending that extra money, why not use it for paying down credit card debt?
With deposit account yields at rock bottom rates, paying off credit card debt is your best bet for saving. [...]

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Credit card debt: What can you give up?

June 6, 2011

Consumers run up thousands, and even tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and wonder how this could happen to them.
Denial, a desire for instant gratification, and financial catastrophe can create huge amounts of credit card debt, but finance charges including interest rates and penalty fees are “stealth” causes of rising credit card [...]

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