Negative Score Factors

The date that you opened your oldest account is too recent.
Your oldest account is still too recent. A credit file containing older accounts will have a positive impact on your credit score because it demonstrates that you are experienced managing credit.

What You Can Do
Don’t open more accounts than you actually need. Research shows that new accounts indicate greater risk. Your score will benefit as your accounts get older. Continue reading Negative Score Factors

How To Get An Auto Loan With Bad Credit

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Bad credit doesn’t necessarily mean that an auto loan is out of reach. Though lenders prefer borrowers with a credit score of 760 or higher, you may still be able to purchase a car with an imperfect credit history. Higher interest rates will probably accompany your loan, but shopping around and comparing offers can help you to find a fair price.


Poor credit may cause higher interest rates, but there are plenty of ways to save money on your car loan. For starters, try choosing a shorter term loan. A 3-year loan will likely carry a lower interest rate than a 5-year loan. Your monthly premiums will be higher on the 3-year plan, but you’ll pay off the loan faster and pay less overall in the end. Also, consider buying a new car rather than one that is used — a loan for the latter is usually more expensive.


Will the Fed Interest Rate Hike Impact Your Mortgage?

Now that the Federal Reserve decided to increase the federal interest rate in December, it’s important to know how the recent and future rate hikes will affect your mortgage rates.

Click here to continue reading about the following subjects:

  • Effects of the Fed Hike
  • Existing Fixed-Rate Mortgages
  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages
  • Future Home Buyers
  • Refinancing Your Home

Credit Card Tip: Make sure you understand grace periods

Your credit card’s grace period is the number of days you have to fully pay your bill to avoid finance charges. Typically, though, grace periods only apply to purchases you’ve made and not to other kinds of transactions (e.g., balance transfers and cash advances).