How Paying Your Credit Card Minimum Puts You in a Debt Spiral

Image: Ludde Lorentz on UnsplashIf you have a credit card, you should, theoretically, know how missing a payment or paying off less than your total balance each month can lead to a debt spiral. The interest rate on credit cards is very high compared to other financial products, and it compounds when you don’t pay…

The Difference Between Hard and Soft Credit Inquiries

Image: rawpixel on UnsplashIf you’ve received credit offer after offer in which you’re “pre-approved” for a certain product, you may wonder how the lender made their decision. The insurance/credit card/mortgage company likely made a “soft” credit inquiry into your report without your permission, allowing them a glimpse of your credit.Soft credit inquiryIn addition to those…

Follow This One-Size-Fits-All Financial Advice

One of the underlying principles of Lifehacker is that not every hack works for every person. This is especially true of money advice, because everyone’s individual situation and goals will vary dramatically from everyone else’s. You might overspend when using a credit card, for example, so advice on the best rewards card doesn’t work for…

Should You Get the Apple and Goldman Sachs Credit Card?

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesApple and Goldman Sachs will launch a joint credit card this spring, the Wall Street Journal reports. The card is expected to be paired with new Apple Wallet features that will allow cardholders to “set spending goals, track their rewards and manage their balances.”The Journal reports that the card, which will use…

Run a Comprehensive Background Check on Yourself

Do you know who’s collecting information on you? If you’ve applied for a job, apartment or insurance, chances are you’ve had a background check run on you. These reports can include information on your income, loan payments, debts, and on and on, and consumer reporting companies can even include a “risk score” for you.And while…

Why Your Credit history Is More Vital Than You Think

Spencer Golden team has developed an App name Spencer Golden Credit Score App. There are many misconceptions and also false details regarding credit rating which lead lots of debtors to think that they are not important. There are even borrowers that think they do not have a credit score at all. Yet the truth is, […]

China’s social credit system won’t tell you what you can do right

For the past few years, China has been rolling out a Black Mirror / Harry Potter-esque social rating policy known as the Social Credit System (SCS). Far from just a credit score in the financial sense, an SCS score can determine whether a person can buy business class tickets on trains (or take the train at all)…

How to Prevent Your Credit Card Issuer From Canceling Your Card

Image: rawpixel on UnsplashIf you’ve had credit card debt in the past, or you have an older card you don’t really use anymore, you’ve probably read the advice that you shouldn’t actually cancel your card, rather keep it open to boost your credit score (more on how that works here). In theory, it’s a nice…