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A better option than a prepaid card

Nov 29, 2011
I have a lousy credit score and am taking steps to improve it. In the meantime, I need to get a prepaid credit or debit card so I can pay for things like airfares, rental cars, hotel reservations, etc. Can…
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Stop Obsessing over credit scores

Nov 4, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I was at a credit union and a manager mentioned that customers care deeply about their credit scores. It wasn't the case even...
Economy 4.0

The Recession's Consumer Paradox

Aug 23, 2011
David Brancaccio was in Los Angeles last week to guest host Marketplace Money. The theme: Borrow or spend? If we don't spend, life gets drained...
Economy 4.0

How is your credit report affecting your employment?

Jul 26, 2011
A study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that over 60 percent of employers used credit reports in deciding whether to hire...
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Sage steps for repairing credit scores

Feb 21, 2011
It's practically a personal finance epidemic: Damaged credit scores. Millions and millions of Americans fell behind on their debt payments during...
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The credit scorecard colossus

Feb 18, 2011
There's good news and bad news on the credit reporting and scoring front. Renters could soon see their rental payment history affect their credit...
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David Lazarus on credit scores

Jan 18, 2011
Question: Steve is from Atlanta and he has a credit score of 520. He went to a credit repair company and it helped him out with his credit card d...

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10 tips for improving your credit score

Sep 18, 2010
This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Tess Vigeland interviews Chris Peplinski, a 37-year-old stay-at-home dad from Rogers, Ark. on a quest for...

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