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UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

Nerd Wallet: How your tax refund could improve your credit

Money can’t buy you a good credit score, but you might be able to use your income tax refund strategically to polish your credit.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 5 p.m.

Consumer borrowing up in January with credit card rebound

U.S. consumer borrowing rose at a slightly faster pace in January as borrowing on credit cards rebounded after a slowdown in December.


Put credit repair on New Year’s resolution list

Credit fraud and credit repair, although not on the same level of loss and anxiety, are two separate challenges – report and repair.


43 million Americans wrongly carry credit card balance to improve credit score, report finds

About 43 million Americans wrongly believe that carrying a balance on their credit cards will help improve their credit scores, a report released Monday shows.


U.S. consumer borrowing growth slows to $13.9 billion

American consumers increased their borrowing at a slower pace in January, as the category that covers credit cards recorded the smallest increase in three years.


Americans borrowed more in November amid solid holiday sales

U.S. consumer borrowing jumped 8.8 percent in November, the most in more than two years, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Expanded child tax credit may not be as generous as it seems

The expansion of a child tax credit helped seal Congress’ approval of the Republican tax overhaul. Sen. Marco Rubio had insisted that House-Senate negotiators allow low-income households to claim more …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down amid hacking scandal

The chief executive of Equifax, the troubled credit reporting agency that suffered a massive data breach that affected as many as 143 million people, will retire, effective Tuesday, according to …


Equifax may be happy to spend $1 per customer for their trouble

Equifax could get away with paying a mere $1 per person after failing to protect almost half of America’s credit data.


After massive Equifax breach, N.Y. attorney general presses TransUnion, Experian for details

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing two credit monitoring companies to explain what cybersecurity they have in place to protect sensitive consumer information following a recent breach at …


After Equifax hack, LifeLock sign-ups jump tenfold

Since news of the breach, LifeLock has seen six times its usual web traffic and the company is enrolling 10 times as many new customers every hour than before the …


BBB Tip of the Week: Equifax data breach tips

This is not a typical data breach, extremely sensitive personal information has been compromised, including Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, credit card account numbers – all of which can …


Equifax victims may face another hassle in buying an iPhone

Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands if they try to get one of the new iPhones …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Federal Trade Commission investigating Equifax breach

The FTC said Thursday that it was opening an investigation into how Equifax got hacked and tens of million Americans’ personal information was either accessed or stolen.


FTC confirms it’s investigating Equifax breach

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is investigating the massive data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, adding America’s top consumer watchdog to the chorus of federal lawmakers and …


Equifax’s seismic breach tests Trump pledge to dismantle rules

The massive Equifax data breach has triggered demands on Capitol Hill for stiffer rules and new requirements for what financial companies must do to fend off cyberattacks.


Nerd Wallet: Credit bureaus ease medical debt pain for a few

The changes in medical debt reporting were designed to help people whose bills fell through the cracks between their health care providers and their insurance companies.


U.S. consumer credit up $18.4 billion in May, most in 6 months

American consumers increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in six months, reflecting a sharp rebound in the category that includes credit cards.


The U.S. card rewards war helping credit beat debit

So what’s card companies’ strategy for getting you to use the credit card? Temptation. Issuers have loaded up their high-end credit cards with travel perks and other rewards.


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Credit cards give investors jitters, but bankers sleep fine

For Kevin St. Pierre, the math on credit cards is pretty simple. “Generally, if the consumer has income, they pay their debts,” St. Pierre, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, …


Credit card data of Pierce County ferry riders compromised

The credit card information of roughly 2,100 people who used Pierce County’s ferry system has been made public online.


Consumers boost borrowing $16 billion in October

Consumers increased their borrowing in October at the slowest pace in four months as growth in credit card debt and the category that covers auto loans and student loans slowed.


What to do if your kid is a financial train wreck

Six out of 10 parents with adult children said they had given those children financial help in the previous 12 months, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.


No credit history, no problem: Lenders now look at phone data

Financial institutions, overcoming some initial trepidation about privacy, are increasingly gauging consumers’ creditworthiness by using phone-company data on mobile calling patterns and locations.


U.S. consumer borrowing rose in September

American consumers boosted their borrowing in September, a potential sign that recent job growth and wage gains have left them slightly more comfortable with holding debt.


‘Student’ credit cards aren’t for all students, or even most

As parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit. The college years are the best time …


Weak oil prices prompt Fitch to cut Saudi Arabia’s rating

Saudi Arabia suffered another credit ratings downgrade on Tuesday after Fitch lowered its view on the oil-rich kingdom in light of the fall in energy prices.


Student loan debt adjustors in Washington to refund illegal fees

The state Attorney General’s Office says several student loan debt adjustors in Washington that overcharged hundreds of students and collected illegal fees will refund the money.


U.S. consumer borrowing rises at weak pace again

U.S. consumers borrowed at a modest pace in February for the second month in a row, evidence of ongoing caution that has kept a lid on spending this year.


Exports, credit, taxes among initiatives to boost businesses

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Tuesday ordered state agencies to develop programs and institute reforms that will boost small businesses faltering in the economic slowdown. The initiatives range from help with …