Credit Cards


  • Web Extra: Credit Score Higher Than 850?! Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 8:58 PM ET

    When it comes to this magic number, FICO isn't the only player in the game. Plus, why having no debt isn’t necessarily a dream for creditors.

  • Ulzheimer: Why the 'Debt Settlement' Business Is a Scam Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 3:49 PM ET

    Plus, some tough love for a serial credit abuser.

  • Web Extra: Digging Out of Debt? Here's What NOT to Do Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 8:55 PM ET

    Avoid the traps and scams on the way to becoming debt free.

  • Credit Protection Programs Explained Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 8:52 PM ET

    Why you don't ever need to sign up for these, no matter how enticing they look.

  • Money Action Plan for Tuesday, Aug. 19 Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 8:30 PM ET

    Between credit card debt and a loss on an investment, Suzanne and Brett wonder if they’ll ever be able to start a family.

  • How to Find Your FICO Score & Credit Report Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    These are the only places to get this information accurately.

  • Money Action Plan for Monday, Aug. 18 Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:00 PM ET

    Carmen maps out the financial road ahead for a couple digging out of debt and a single mom caring for an elderly uncle and a young son.

  • Statute of Limitations Explained Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 8:48 PM ET

    Ever open a piece of mail to find a bill for something you bought 10 years ago? Here's how you know if you have to pay it.

  • Resources, rules, resilience. You need all three.

  • Web Extra: Budgeting to Pay Down Debt Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 9:01 PM ET

    Find out how much you should allocate from each month's paycheck toward your debt.

  • Contributor: Pay Your Debt, No Matter How Old Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    Also, what to do when your creditor files for Chapter 11, from On the Money's credit guru.

  • Contributor Blog: How to Come Back From Bankruptcy Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 2:07 PM ET

    Also, why it's better for your credit to keep old cards open, from On the Money's credit guru.

  • Credit Cards 101: Tips For Teens And Parents Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 1:17 PM ET

    Credit cards and college students are a dangerous combination.    And with the start of college just days away, it's not too late for a quick primer course.  By senior year, nine out of ten have at least one credit card with an avearge  outstanding balance of  $2,864.

  • Editor's Introduction: Credit Is Money, Debt Is Not Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:52 PM ET

    Many incomes are flat or down. The same goes for Investment portfolios. In many parts of the country, your house isn't worth what it used to be. People are losing their jobs, homes or both. Living with debt and credit has become a high-stakes, high anxiety balancing act. This special report will help you.

  • Debt Consolidation Has Its Pitfalls Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:49 PM ET

    With more Americans taking on more debt, debt consolidation may seem like a good way out. If so, do it sooner, rather than later and beware of these common mistakes.

  • Companies Want To Make Your Problem Their Business Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    If you’re one of the many American’s with bad credit, a credit repair service probably sound pretty appealing. But can they really fix your credit? The short answer is no. Here's why.

  • You Can Live Debt Free (Kind Of) Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:34 PM ET

    Is it practical or even possible in modern day America to eliminate debt entirely? It just takes discipline, sacrifice and a more liberal definition of what constitutes personal debt. Here's what we mean.

  • Six Steps To Restoring Your Credit Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:31 PM ET

    Luckily, if your credit rating is less than worthy, there are steps you can take to redeem yourself. First and foremost, start making payments on time.

  • The Top Three Credit Myths Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 8:59 PM ET

    You probably think you know everything about your credit score. Here's why you're wrong.

  • More Banks Tightening Lending Standards: Fed Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:38 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    More banks are tightening lending standards on home mortgages and other consumer and business loans as a deepening credit crisis exerts a heavier toll on the economy.

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