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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

Ask Creditnet: Beacon vs. FICO Scores

FICO credit scores Dear Creditnet: I recently applied for a home loan and was completely caught off guard by my credit score. I subscribe to a credit monitoring service, so I thought I knew my scores before I began the application process. Boy was I wrong! I thought my Equifax credit score was 668, but the score my banker pulled was 618. He told me they use the Equifax Beacon 5.0, so why is there such a difference? They're the same scores, right? Unfortunately, this 50 point swing is costing me an extra 1.5% in interest. Ouch!

Discover More: 0% Interest Plus No Balance Transfer Fee!

Discover More credit card Every now and then a really great offer comes on the market for consumers looking to finally get rid of their high-interest credit card debt. This is one of those offers folks! Why is it so great? Well, one of the easiest ways to pay off nagging credit card debt that you just can't make headway on is to transfer the balance to a no interest credit card and devise your own plan to pay it off during the promotional period.

Best Travel Rewards Credit Card of 2010

 

Travel rewards programs suffered major cutbacks in 2010 as credit issuers faced a slew of new federal regulations, lower profits, and customers who were reigning in credit card spending. As a result, many cardholders, including myself, began ditching their travel rewards cards for those that offered cash back at a fixed percentage. And while I certainly love getting a fat cash rebate check at the end of the year, there's just something extra special about hopping on a flight to the other side of the world for free. It makes vacationing all the better! I miss that, and I'm sure others do too.

Ask Creditnet: How Student Credit Cards Affect Credit Scores

 student credit cards Dear Creditnet: I have nine years of credit-history and while my credit is "good", it's not "excellent". I'm currently interested in applying for a top-notch rewards credit card, but my chances of getting approved seem to be much higher if I apply for the student version of the card. So my question is will a student credit card have the same effect as a regular credit card on my credit score? And what about rebuilding my credit-history? Will a student credit card help improve my credit just as much as any other credit card?

Dirty Money - Germs & Contaminants on Paper Currency

How many germs and contaminants are on money? A whopping 92% of all dollar bills have traces of cocaine, which bonds to green dye.

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