Author: David B. Coulter

Revolving, Installment and Open Accounts: What to Know About the Three Types of Credit

Not all credit is created equal. The credit bureaus, along with each of their scoring models, all take into consideration the types of credit accounts in a portfolio. While credit mix only accounts for 10 to 20 percent of a credit score, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the three basic types of credit accounts…

SmartCredit® Action Buttons: A Big Leap Forward for Consumers

Here’s something most Americans probably don’t know. Up until the FICO® score was created in 1989, people couldn’t actually see their credit score much less do anything to change it. Even worse, they were often denied credit because there was no unbiased standard for evaluating them fairly. Which meant creditors could refuse loans based on…

What to Do If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

Fraud and identity theft are at an all-time high, thanks to the pandemic. Fraud linked to the COVID pandemic has cost Americans $382 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission. As of March 2021, more than 217,000 people had filed a coronavirus-related fraud report with the agency since January 2020, according to federal data.  Criminals…