sure-fire ways to ruin your credit -- Don't try these tricks
at home, unless you like getting calls from bill collectors.
20 signs of
a bad loan -- Even if you're desperate, avoid loans that offer
these kinds of deals.
lending: Who's watching your back? -- There's a turf war waging
between federal and state regulators, and the nation's consumers
may be the losers.
10 causes of debt: Which did you use? -- Many Americans wonder
how they first got into debt and how to avoid it in the future.
The answers lie in these top 10 causes of debt.
you credit crazy? -- Suspect you might have a problem handling
credit? Find out with this interactive quiz.
and balloons can pop your mortgage bubble -- People who refinance
their mortgages with loans containing prepayment penalties or balloon
payments are more likely to undergo foreclosure, a new study says.
dangers of home equity lines of credit -- It seems like such
a nice and easy path to get some much-needed money, but it can be
a shortcut to disaster.
card dangers lie in the fine print -- The big letters on the
envelope may say "You've been approved!" but make sure
you know what you're agreeing to.
yourself from identity theft -- Following these steps can minimize
the chance you'll be among the 10 million victims each year.
steps to take if your identity is stolen -- This step-by-step
guide will help you clear your good name.
with lousy credit -- If at first you don't succeed, try, try
another lender. But expect to pay more.
card debt illegal? Don't you believe it! -- The new bankruptcy
law is sending debt-laden Americans scurrying for miracle cures.
Claiming the debt is illegal is not one of them.
react: Credit reporting system stinks! -- Credit scores can
make you or break you and chances are you either love the way the
system works or you hate it. Here's a sampling of reader letters
of the latter variety.