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Joshua Heckathorn

Joshua Heckathorn was President of Creditnet, is a credit expert and has been featured on CNNMoney, FOX Business, Yahoo Finance, The Street, and many other national publications during the past ten years.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Management (Finance) from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business and earned his MBA from Seattle University.

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Recent Blogs

SimplyCash Small Business Card from American Express Review

Access to a revolving line of credit can make or break a small business, especially during the start-up stage when cash flow can be so difficult to predict. However, finding a bank that's willing to lend to small businesses these days is not an easy task! The reality is not many are left. Fortunately, there are still a few credit card companies that remain committed to providing business owners with small business credit cards, which can serve as an excellent alternative to traditional lines of credit. American Express is not only one of those credit issuers that still offers a suite of small business credit card options, but they also happen to offer one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards for business— the SimplyCash® Business Credit Card. Here's a brief overview of the top things I like, and don't like, about AmEx's SimplyCash® Card:

Ask Creditnet: How Long Will a Bankruptcy Last on Your Credit Reports?

Dear Creditnet: I filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 1, 2009, and I've avoided any type of credit since then. I haven't even checked my credit scores in years. When will the bankruptcy fall off my credit reports, and will it happen automatically? If it doesn't happen automatically, what do I need to do to convince the credit bureaus to remove it? - Jake from WI

BillGuard Fights Unwanted Credit Card Charges

Have you ever looked at a charge on your credit card statement and thought "what the heck is that?" If so, you're certainly not alone. Double charges, hidden fees, unauthorized purchases, and zombie subscriptions that were canceled months ago can plague anyone's credit card bill.

Citi® Platinum Select® Card Review: Staying True to its Roots

[Update: This offer is no longer available, but Citi still features some of the very best credit card offers on the market today. Browse Citi credit card offers on Creditnet.com.]

Student Credit Cards: Do You Really Need a Co-Signer?

Amex Blue Card

The Credit Card Act of 2009 bans credit cards for young adults under the age of 21 unless they can show proof of sufficient income or secure a co-signer. Most students are aware of this change now that it's been a few years since the act was signed into law, but what's confusing is there are still plenty of student credit cards on the market that claim "no co-signer is required."

I was even confused the first time I saw this offered after the new rules took effect, so what's the deal? Are co-signatures really required or not for student credit cards?

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