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Will Paying A Collection in Full Improve Credit Scores?

Will paying a collection account off in full improve one's credit scores?

I feel like I've answered this question hundreds of times over the past 8 years as I've moderated our Credit Talk Forum. But when I was asked the same question last week by a close friend, it once again reminded me just how confused the average consumer remains regarding collections and how they affect credit scores.

Ask Creditnet: Will Paying a Cell Phone Bill Improve Credit Scores?

Dear Creditnet: I just got a new cell phone and the salesperson mentioned that paying my bill on time each month will help improve my credit. Is this true? If so, will the new cell phone bill have the same type of positive effect on my credit scores as my student credit cards and student loans? - Sandra L. from CA

Ask Creditnet: Help! My Corporate Credit Card is in Collections

Dear Creditnet: I'm currently receiving collection notices from American Express for an unpaid balance on an old corporate credit card. I left the company where I had this card in late 2011. I have combed through all my Amex bills, corporate expense reports and reimbursements, but I've been unable to find any unpaid charges on the card. In addition, because the card was in my name and I incurred all the charges, my former employer takes no responsibility for the unpaid balance even though the charges were made solely for work purposes. Will this affect my personal credit? What should I do now?

Disputing Errors On Credit Reports: How to Think Outside the Box

According to a report released by the Federal Trade Commission in 2013, 21 percent of American consumers have errors on their credit reports. And since the major credit reporting bureaus track the credit histories of roughly 200 million Americans, that means we can estimate some 42 million of us have errors on our credit reports. That’s a lot of errors!

Credit Card Review: U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card

You might be surprised to learn that one of the better signup bonus offers on the market comes from U.S. Bank. 

Why Your Credit Score in College Will Affect You After Graduation

What's the main goal of college? Most would say it's to get a degree so you can get a high-paying job after you graduate.

But, what might come along with this new job that you're working towards as well? Perhaps getting a new car, buying a house, or starting your own business one day? If so, it's important to remember that one of the key things involved with all of these goals will be your credit score.

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Top Ways to Lower Your Financial Stress

If there is one common thing that can keep people up at night, it is financial stress. Regardless of your age or income level, you may worry about if you have enough money to pay certain bills, how you will afford to send the kids to school, or if you are saving enough for retirement. These are just a few of the common concerns that people face about their finances. While some may think that the answer to their financial woes is to increase their income level, the fact is that financial stress is common across all income brackets.

Upromise by Sallie Mae World MasterCard Review

When Sallie Mae was first established in 1973 as the Student Loan Marketing Association, it was a government-sponsored enterprise that serviced federal student loans. However, during Bill Clinton’s administration back in 1994, it was determined that Sallie Mae should be restructured into a private company.

Ask Creditnet: Should I Ever Use a Credit Card Cash Advance?

Dear Creditnet: I've been tempted to use the cash advance option on my credit card more than once, but have always found the necessary cash to scrape by when it came down to it.

Can you explain how cash advances work, and should I ever apply for one if my cash situation gets especially tight? Thanks in advance. - Chris from Austin, TX

Why Pay Taxes with a Credit Card?

Do you have a friend who always brags about how big he expects his tax refund to be and what he plans to spend it on? I do.

Every year I bite my tongue as I listen to him go on and on about the huge check he’ll be getting from Uncle Sam and how he’s already spent the money on a new toy of some sort. I just have to nod my head and say, “Great man, great. I’m really happy for you.”

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