Monthly Archives: January 2022

Your tax refund may take longer this year

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — Tax season is no fun, but a bright spot for some is a tax refund at the end. This year, you may have to wait to spend that tax refund this year. Some North Dakotans already know what they are spending their tax refund on. “We …

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Does the Stillfront (STO:SF) group have a healthy balance sheet?

Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger-backed outside fund manager Li Lu is quick to say, “The biggest risk in investing isn’t price volatility, but whether you’re going to suffer a permanent loss of capital “. So it may be obvious that you need to take debt into account when thinking about the …

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Inflation and deficits do not diminish the attractiveness of US bonds

Bernstein has stipulated that while debt financing has its place, the White House also believes it has firm limits in its program. “The result of all of this is going to be a mix of incrementally increased revenues and investments in essential public goods with a high return financed by …

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South Haven denies variance for four-story building project | Local News

Consumers Credit Union plans to build a four-story, multimillion-dollar mixed-use development in downtown South Haven have been put on hold. After holding a public hearing last Monday, the South Haven Zoning Appeal Board voted unanimously to reject the Kalamazoo-based credit union’s request for a height differential to build the large …

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How Your Gig Work Income Could Be Affected by New Tax Rules for Payment Apps

NPRSaturday, January 29, 2022 Update requiredTo play audio, update the browser or Flash plugin. Copyright 2022 NPR. To learn more, visit https://www.npr.org. NPR’s Michel Martin talks with personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary about how new IRS rules governing payment apps and Wall Street’s crazy week could affect your finances. Transcription …

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Medical debt

We observe Ukraine and the forces of the new Tsar of Russia surrounding it. ISIS is not dead yet; he is still fighting in Syria. The BBC reports that doctors are begging for food in northern Ethiopia. A bridge collapses. Consumer spending is down. Inflation is up and the stock …

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Credit union loans support communities | My opinion

The past two years have been difficult financially for New Mexican families. Thousands of people lost their jobs and/or businesses, while others were forced to take time off to stay home with sick relatives or be with children when schools moved to a virtual platform. During the toughest economic downturn …

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Freedom’s Debt Relief Pledge Offers New Protections for Financially Struggling Consumers

SAN MATEO, Calif., January 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Liberty Financial Network (FFN), a leading digital personal finance company helping people on their journey to financial freedom, today announced the Liberty Debt Relief Pledgedesigned to ensure that the company provides the best possible results for people in financial difficulty. Established in …

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Chevron kicks off oil industry’s fourth quarter results with failure

A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California in this April 25, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Chevron reported earnings per share of $2.65, below estimates Shortage due to lower production and refining margins Year-over-year production forecast disappoints …

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Credit union pension fund’s €78m deficit could destabilize the sector

A huge deficit has emerged in the pension fund covering thousands of credit union employees. The €78m deficit is so large it has the potential to financially destabilize the sector, credit union sources say. The shortfall increased from just €6 million in 2017. It reached €20 million in 2020, but …

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These 4 metrics indicate that Ice Make Refrigeration (NSE:ICEMAKE) is using debt a lot

Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett said “volatility is far from synonymous with risk.” So it seems smart money knows that debt – which is usually involved in bankruptcies – is a very important factor when …

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How to score points in the credit game

Credit scoring can seem like a frustrating game – the downfalls can be sudden and quick, and the escalation is slow… Credit rating can seem like a frustrating game – downfalls can be sudden and quick, and escalations are a slow task. In reality, “all rating models and lenders aim …

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Patriot League Men’s Basketball Recap presented by PenFed Credit Union (1.26.22)

History links AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (8-13, 6-3 PL) 84 ARMY WEST POINT BLACK KNIGHTS (12-9, 6-3 PL) 71 Stabler Arena / Bethlehem, PA 7 p.m. (ESPN+) THE SCORE OF THE BOX BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Freshman guard Tyler Whitney-Sidney scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Mountain Hawks by …

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Brazilian Creditas raises $260 million

Brazilian secured lending platform Creditas reached a valuation of US$4.8 billion following a Series F funding round of US$260 million. Fidelity Management and Research Company, Actyus and Greentrail Capital joined the round, alongside existing shareholders QED Investors, VEF, SoftBank Vision Fund 1, SoftBank Latin America Fund, Kaszek Ventures, Lightock, Headline, …

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United FCU join growing number of UCs in waiving fees

Image: Shutterstock. The $3.8 billion United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Michigan, announced plans to “significantly overhaul” its NSF and overdraft fees with the elimination of its protection fees against overdrafts and NSF. According to a statement from United FCU, the elimination of the fee along with its courtesy …

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We think Apollo Medical Holdings (NASDAQ:AMEH) can manage debt with ease

Warren Buffett said: “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk. So it seems smart money knows that debt – which is usually involved in bankruptcies – is a very important factor when you’re assessing a company’s risk. Like many other companies Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMEH) uses debt. But does …

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Debt collection fraud trial over, judge says no harm done

By Jeannie O’Sullivan (January 24, 2022, 2:55 PM EST) – A New Jersey state court judge has dropped a fraud lawsuit accusing Midland Funding LLC of illegally acquiring credit card accounts in default, finding that the suing consumer had failed to show how she was injured, according to a decision …

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Colibri Group Announces Purchase Agreement for Becker Professional Education and OnCourse Learning | Business

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 24, 2022– Colibri Group (“Colibri”), a professional education company with leading brands that provide learning solutions for licensed professionals, today announces that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase Becker Professional Education and OnCourse Learning from Adtalem Global Education. With this agreement, Colibri Group adds …

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36% of US millennials say student loan debt prevents homeownership

Americans owe about $1.75 trillion in student loans, according to Federal Reserve data. According to a consumer debt study by Experian, millennials owe an average of $38,877 in student loan debt. According to a survey, 36% of American millennials say student loan debt prevents them from owning a home. Loading …

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5 Smart Ways Fintech Companies Can Help You Debt Free

Whether it’s high-interest credit cards, medical bills, or student loans, many people find themselves in dire financial straits with more debt than they can handle. This leads them to scour the internet for a solution. Luckily, there are plenty of fintech companies that can help them navigate these tricky financial …

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Consumers Credit Union targets downtown SH for new building | Local News

Consumers Credit Union plans to expand its presence in the South Haven area by constructing a new four-story structure on Phoenix Street. The Kalamazoo-area-based credit union purchased three parcels of property in the 400 block of Phoenix Street that are currently occupied by a one-story building that had been leased …

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MONEY CLINIC | How to get out of the joint review of debts after a divorce?

RollingCamera/Getty Images A Fin24 reader who has been divorced since starting a debt review is seeking expert help to clear her name and move on. She writes: My husband and I went to consult in 2009. Our file was transferred to at least three different advisers. We divorced in 2018. …

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Elevation Foundation and Credit Union raise over $1 million for victims

Elevation Foundation and Elevation Credit Union have raised over $1 million for the victims of the Marshall Fire. The Elevations Fire Relief Fund operated until Jan. 14, according to a company press release. During that time, she received donations from credit union members, business partners and the community, raising a …

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Here’s why Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) can manage debt responsibly

Warren Buffett said: “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk. When we think of a company’s risk, we always like to look at its use of debt, because over-indebtedness can lead to ruin. Above all, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) is in debt. But the more important question is: what …

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The complete guide to obtaining a mortgage when you are self-employed | Business

It’s no surprise that if you’re self-employed and trying to get mortgage financing, you might have a harder time getting your loan approved. Not to mention closing your loan. If you are self-employed, here are several loan factors you should be aware of regarding being self-employed and showing income to …

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Springfield man charged with theft from credit union | News

BURLINGTON — A Springfield man suspected of committing half a dozen robberies in and around his hometown was formally indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for one of the heists. Samuel I. Colby, 39, of Pine Street, is charged with using force, violence and intimidation to rob 802 …

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Why Netflix Keeps Raising Prices

Every year, the cost of streaming gets more and more expensive – and just last week, prices started to rise again. Netflix has announced that all of its tiers will get an immediate price hike for new subscribers, increasing its most expensive plan to $20 per month. This is the …

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Economists expect stretch of weak jobless claims to extend into new year

Unemployment insurance claims filings are expected to remain near record lows as workers and businesses grapple with a tight U.S. labor market and Omicron-related disruptions. Initial jobless claims, an indicator of layoffs, are estimated to have remained around 225,000 last week, according to economists polled by The Wall Street Journal, …

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Patriot League Men’s Basketball Recap presented by PenFed Credit Union (1.19.22)

History links AT ARMY WEST POINT BLACK KNIGHTS (11-8, 5-2 PL) 76, AMERICAN EAGLES (5-11, 1-3 PL) 66 Christl Arena/West Point, NY 6 p.m. (ESPN+) THE SCORE OF THE BOX WEST POINT, NY – Sophomore guard Jalen Rucker scored a game-high 25 points to lead Army West Point to a …

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Winter gas bill from hell: Oklahomans risk paying $1.4 billion for snowstorm | Environment

Ohen Neil Crittenden learned that an extreme winter storm was about to hit Oklahoma last winter, he did what authorities advised him to do and kept his heat and water running so his pipes do not freeze. The 40-year-old Oklahoma City resident even used a hair dryer to keep them …

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When to apply for a credit card after bankruptcy

After a bankruptcy filing, the task of repairing your credit begins. But how soon can you apply for new credit? It depends on the type of bankruptcy you filed, as your bankruptcy must first be discharged. It can take as little as six months or as long as five years. …

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High-interest payday loans in Kansas could be scrapped with new bill

TOPEKA, (KSNT) – Kansans who pay high interest rates for payday loans could see some changes with a new bill that is being introduced. Reverend Annie Ricker, who leads Berryton United Methodist Church, is one of many members of a community activist organization called ‘Topeka Jump’ that is calling on …

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Record year for bank takeovers by credit unions | Credit Union Journal

Bank acquisitions by credit unions are only expected to increase in 2022 despite fierce opposition from banking industry associations and some recent rejections from state regulators. Commercial pressures on buyers and sellers to continue deals are too strong, deals are sometimes too big for smaller banks to pass up, and …

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5 Steps to Make 2022 the Year You Get Your Finances Right

For many Americans, the one area where they may have lost weight over the holidays — and likely over the past couple of years — is their wallet. And as those credit card statements begin to arrive along with the reminder — and obligation — of their vacation spending, consumers …

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Amer Sports debt ratings changed to positive on strong earnings

Moody’s Investors Service changed Amer Sports’ ratings outlook to positive from stable, as the company reported revenue growth of 29% in the year-to-date period ending Sept. 30. Amer Sports is majority controlled by Anta Sports but still has an outstanding debt. Amer Sports brands include Salomon, Arc’teryx, Peak Performance, Atomic, …

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Firstmark Foundation awards $7,500 in grants to educators | Texas News

SAN ANTONIO, January 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Firstmark Foundation is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021-2022 Educator Grant program. Firstmark Educator Grants are for full-time K-12 educators and support staff. Grants are awarded to fund innovative project ideas, including the materials needed to complete the project. …

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35% of Americans plan to travel more in 2022. Here’s how to make it more affordable

Image source: Getty Images Many people want to take additional trips this year. Here’s how to remove it. Key points Many Americans aim to travel more in 2022 than they have in recent years. Planning ahead and using the right credit card can save you money on your trip and …

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Philippine Government Launches Sustainable Finance Framework

Sign up for a 2-week free trial and get instant, unrestricted, unrestricted access to Regulation Asia.Access today Already taken your free trial? Contact our team and inquire about a subscription today. Select subscribe below to see our subscription packages or you can email us at asia.com to discuss your options. …

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5 Steps to Strengthen Your Finances in 2022 | WJHL

(NerdWallet) – 2021 has been a year of financial stress for many Americans: household debt and the overall cost of living have risen, while median household income has fallen, according to NerdWallet. annual household debt survey. In 2022, setting big financial goals may not be realistic for every budget, but …

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South County Events, January 16

Town halls: Chula Vista, 5 p.m. Tuesday; Coronados, 4 p.m. Tuesday; Imperial Beach, 5 p.m. Wednesday; national city, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday School Boards: Chula Vista Elementary School District, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Coronado Unified School District, 4 p.m. Thursday, National School District (National City), 6 p.m. Wednesday National City offers a …

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Sharon W. Mooney’s Disruptive Approach to Helping Moms Retire Debt-Free

Sharon Mooney knows firsthand the difficulty of being a mother while trying to be financially responsible. With the costs of raising children, many mothers find it difficult to choose between saving for retirement and paying for it. food, household items and childcare. Many delay saving for retirement in favor of …

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Ascend Federal Credit Union donates $10,000 to Partners for Healing

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – (TN Tribune) – Ascend Federal Credit Union announced today that it has donated $10,000 to Partners for Healing, a leading Tullahoma-based nonprofit that provides free primary health care for uninsured workers. The donation will help Partners for Healing fulfill its mission to meet the health care needs …

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Navient plans to cancel debt for some student borrowers. Who is eligible?

Student borrowers who took out loans managed by Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan collection companies, were cautiously celebrating Thursday’s announcement that tens of thousands of them would have their loans canceled as part of an agreement with more than three dozen states. The total amount of debt …

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Expiration of child tax credits hits home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time in six months, families are forgoing a monthly installment of the Child Tax Credit on Friday — a program that was meant to be part of President Joe Biden’s legacy but which has emerged rather as a flashpoint on who is worthy …

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Scienaptic AI integrates with CU*Answers Credit Union

Scienaptic AI, the leader in AI-based credit decision platforms, announced its full integration with CU*Answers. The seamless integration of Scienpatic’s AI-powered decision-making will provide new opportunities for CU*Answers credit union partners looking to expand access to credit for their members. Founded in 1970, CU*Answers is a CUSO-owned credit union headquartered …

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Here’s why Delta (NSE: DELTACORP) can manage its debt responsibly

Legendary fund manager Li Lu (whom Charlie Munger once backed) once said, “The biggest risk in investing is not price volatility, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital. So it may be obvious that you need to take debt into account when thinking about the risk of …

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“Lords of Easy Money” review: an inflated sense of capacity

You don’t usually turn to a book on the Federal Reserve for comedy, and most of the time, Christopher Leonard’s “Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the US Economy” stays true to his kind. Mr. Leonard does include, however, an ostensibly humorous moment that shines a light …

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Blue Federal Credit Union Pledges $ 100,000 for Marshall Fire Relief Efforts

Boulder, CO. – The Blue Federal Credit Union steps up response to devastating destruction caused by Colorado’s costliest wildfire. The Marshall Fire caused the loss of more than 1,000 homes and the displacement of more than 35,000 people in Boulder County, Colorado. Blue Federal Credit Union and the Blue Foundation …

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How To Quickly Pay Off Your Vacation Credit Card Debt Business

PHOENIX – (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 12, 2022– The holidays may be over, but their financial impact is likely to add further pressure in the New Year for the 36% of people who took on debt to pay for gifts, decorations and more in 2021, according to LendingTree. “It’s easy …

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LIBERTY TAX PARENT COMPANY NEXTPOINT ACQUIRES COMMUNITY TAX LLC

HURST, Texas, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Freedom tax, a leading provider of tax and financial planning solutions, will add tax debt resolution and more to its suite of services in 2022 through the acquisition of Chicago-Based on LLC community tax. Liberty Tax parent company, NextPoint Financial Inc. …

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4 Things to Remember Before Applying for Personal Loans

Applying for a personal loan can be a great financial step when done right. Thanks to relatively low interest rates and easy approval processes, personal loans can help you boost your financial standing. However, like every other form of debt, you must be careful when applying for one. Manage your …

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Dick’s SG receives Baa3 rating on new debt issue

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a senior unsecured Baa3 rating to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. has offered $ 1 billion unsecured notes. The proceeds will be used to repay the company’s $ 575 million convertible debt, add liquidity to the balance sheet and for general corporate purposes. The outlook is …

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Is American States Water (NYSE: AWR) Using Too Much Debt?

Warren Buffett said: “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk”. It is only natural to consider a company’s balance sheet when looking at its level of risk, as debt is often involved when a business collapses. Above all, American States Water Company (NYSE: AWR) carries debt. But does this debt …

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Chinese stocks end higher on boost in consumption and health care

CSI300 + 0.45%, SSEC + 0.39% STAR Market up nearly 1% on pilot market making plans Superior real estate; Shimao jumps on asset divestiture report SHANGHAI, Jan. 10 (Reuters) – Chinese stocks ended higher on Monday, buoyed by gains from consumer and healthcare companies, as the tech-focused Shanghai STAR market …

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Central One honors long-tenured employees

The Westborough branch of Central One Federal Credit Union overlooks South Street in town. (Photo / Dakota Antelman) REGION – Central One Federal Credit Union recently honored over a dozen employees for their combined 160 years of service. Rajani Koduri is the branch manager for the Credit Union‘s Westborough location. …

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These 4 metrics indicate that Molina Healthcare (NYSE: MOH) is using debt reasonably well

Howard Marks put it well when he said that, rather than worrying about stock price volatility, “The possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about … and every investor practice that I know is worried “. So it seems like smart money knows that debt – which is …

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Prices and spending signal a strong economy, perhaps too strong for the Fed

Another report on consumer inflation is expected in the coming week. The same is true for an indicator of consumer spending. Together, they can show how American buyers absorb higher prices. No one had inflation on their holiday shopping list, but that’s what a lot of people have found. From …

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LMCU to open a second TC branch | Business

TRAVERSE CITY – The Lake Michigan Credit Union will be opening its second branch in Traverse City on January 10, at 3650 NUS 31 South. The credit union also has a branch at 310 W. Front St. The new full-service branch also has a notary and access to “mortgage, business …

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These 4 metrics indicate that Digital Bros (BIT: DIB) is using debt reasonably well

Warren Buffett said: “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk”. So it can be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky a given stock is, because too much debt can sink a business. We notice that Digital Bros SpA (BIT: DIB) has debt on …

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Tips to improve your credit score

Rule # 1 is to pay your bills on time. INDIANAPOLIS – Improving your credit score can be a lot of work. But there are strategies that could help you. The golden rule of credit Rule # 1 is to pay your bills on time. Creditors can report late payments …

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All In Credit Union Announces Financial Challenge & Chance to Win $ 10,000 | Local news

All In Credit Union is partnering with Dale County Schools to open a full-service, student-staffed branch on the GW Long High School campus. Submitted Staff report All In Credit Union (AICU) announced the second season of All In 2 Finances, an online contest that offers participants a chance to win …

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How to spend less money with a minimalist purchase period or no purchase

The Select editorial team works independently to review financial products and write articles that our readers will find useful. We may receive a commission when you click on product links from our affiliate partners. With 2022 underway, you might be feeling the pressure to create a New Year’s resolution: Maybe …

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Scott promotes Bressler, Wazlawek

EDWARDSVILLE – Scott Credit Union has announced the promotions of David Bressler and Michelle Wazlawek, both vice-presidents. Bressler is now Director of Loans and Wazlawek is now Director of Marketing. Bressler was previously vice president of Bank of America. He was also vice president of loans for CommunityAmerica Credit Union, …

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We believe Pushpay Holdings (NZSE: PPH) can manage its debt with ease

Warren Buffett said: “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk”. So it can be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky a given stock is because too much debt can sink a business. We notice that Pushpay Holdings Limited (NZSE: PPH) has debt on …

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Buy now, pay later customers oblivious to the risk of debt, warns Which? | Loan and debt

Stricter guarantees are needed to protect the millions of UK buyers who use ‘buy now, pay later’ offers as many people fail to realize they are in debt, a consumer organization has warned. Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) allows buyers to delay payment for an item with no interest or …

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2 arrested for theft at Grand Rapids credit union

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a credit union in Grand Rapids, police say. The Grand Rapids Police Department said the theft took place around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Michigan Credit Union on Lake Michigan Drive near the …

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Light (BVMF: LIGT3) takes risks with his use of debt

Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett said “volatility is far from risk.” So it seems like smart money knows that debt – which is usually involved in bankruptcies – is a very important factor, when you …

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Does Lexibook – Linguistic Electronic System Société anonyme (EPA: ALLEX) have a healthy balance sheet?

David Iben put it well when he said, “Volatility is not a risk we care about. What matters to us is to avoid the permanent loss of capital. ‘ So it seems like smart money knows that debt – which is usually involved in bankruptcies – is a very important …

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Nebraska regulator denies bank’s acquisition deal with GreenState CU

State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Neb. (Source: Shutterstock). The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance on Monday rejected a request for $ 395 million from Premier Bank to be acquired by the $ 7.9 billion GreenState Credit Union in North Liberty, Iowa. “The Prime Minister has not assumed the burden …

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Families Use Child Tax Credit to Pay Off Debt, Census Bureau Says

The future of the child tax credit hangs in the balance as the Biden administration struggles to pass the Build Back Better bill, which would extend the benefit until 2022. (iStock) Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments have been a lifeline for many American families during the coronavirus pandemic. The …

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How to Recover After Big Vacation Spending

How much did you plan to spend over the holiday season and how much did you actually spend? The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts 2021 will prove to be the highest holiday spending season on record, with sales between November and December totaling as much as $ 859 billion. Individual …

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Compliance: 2022 thresholds for Regulations Z, M, V | 2022-01-04

The NCUA has issued a regulatory alert (21-RA-11) with the 2022 annual adjustments for three exemption thresholds under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA or regulation Z) and the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA or regulation M). The thresholds exempt loans from the special appraisal requirements for higher priced mortgages and …

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How to buy a house with bad credit

Buying a home is very possible with bad credit, but it’s more difficult and more expensive than buying a home with great credit. Before you begin the home buying process, you need to ask yourself why you want to own a home. Homeownership comes with many unforeseen and significant costs …

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How does “Buy Now, Pay Later” Affect Your Credit Score?

If you’ve been shopping recently, you’ve probably been offered the option to “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) – in other words, split your transaction into installment payments. Getting extra time to pay might seem like a good deal if your budget is tight, but going this payment route may not …

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Patriot League Announces Women’s Basketball Recap Presented By PenFed Credit Union (1.2.22)

History links BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE WEST POINT ARMY (6-4, 1-0 PL) 62, BUCKNELL BISON (9-3, 0-1 PL) 69 The score of the box WEST POINT, NY –Army West Points ended Bucknell’s eight-game winning streak with a 69-62 win on Sunday afternoon. * Senior Army guard Alisa Fallon (24 pts, …

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‘There is no more money’: Covid crisis leaves Sri Lanka on the verge of bankruptcy | Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka faces a worsening financial and humanitarian crisis and fears bankruptcy in 2022 as inflation hits record highs, food prices skyrocket and its coffers run low. The collapse facing the government, led by the strongman of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is in part caused by the immediate impact of the …

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Ways to Settle Your Credit Card Debt After the Holidays

WINK Often times, getting gifts for loved ones during the holidays comes with unwanted credit card debt for you. WINK News Consumer Report Andryanna Sheppard shows you some ways to get this debt under control. Sweeping, a little here, a little there, everything to be sure to have these gifts …

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A 6-step guide to building a strong credit score

Opinions expressed by Contractor the contributors are theirs. Credit score is a crucial factor not only in securing a mortgage, credit card, or loan – it can dramatically affect everything from auto insurance rates and cell phone contracts to overall employability. What is a credit score? Simply put, this is …

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