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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

The way credit scores are calculated is changing

by Justin Ho Aug 15, 2018
The New York Fed says fewer kinds of missed payments are showing up on credit scores.
A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building is seen on July 29, 2011 in New York City. 
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Home equity loans are back, but not at the levels seen before the financial crisis

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 11, 2018
Home equity loans have become harder to obtain since the financial crisis.
A for sale sign is seen on a single family home January 30, 2008 in Vallejo, California.
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According to experts, consumers should give gas station credit cards a pass

by Dan Gorenstein Apr 11, 2018
Compared to other credit cards, a new report out this morning from creditcards.com suggests gas station credit cards often carry higher interest rates and fewer rewards. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

FICO’s grip on mortgage credit scores challenged

by Aaron Schrank Mar 14, 2018
Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac consider one credit score when determining the creditworthiness of mortgage applicants: FICO.  Some members of Congress want to change that by adding a provision to a bank deregulation bill that would require…
Marketplace Tech Blogs

Elizabeth Warren: "Equifax may actually make money off this breach"

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Feb 28, 2018
The Massachusetts senator thinks the credit-rating agency got off easy, and she wants to change that.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, above, and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner are introducing legislation that would levy harsh penalties for security breaches at credit-rating agencies.
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Monitor credit scores? You might wish you had if you don’t

by Erika Beras Feb 26, 2018
Most people say they care about credit card security. They just don’t take time to deal with it before it’s too late. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Inside China's "social credit" system, which blacklists citizens

by Jennifer Pak Feb 13, 2018
Critics of the program have likened it to an Orwellian creation or an episode of the TV series "Black Mirror."
Passengers await a bullet train on the platform at Changzhou North railway station.
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Graduating into the Economy

The 5 best ways to build your credit

by Eliza Mills Jun 9, 2017
From credit basics to great perks, "The Points Guy" Brian Kelly gives his best credit tips.
Mortgage rates are down. So are auto loans. What about credit card rates?
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Americans have higher credit scores, but also higher household debt

by Jed Kim May 30, 2017
Americans’ credit scores are averaging way higher, around 700 according to a new report from FICO. Credit agencies are also cleaning up their rolls and getting old or bad data off people’s reports. Plus, many people who went into bankruptcy…
Brexit

After Brexit, UK gives banks a break

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 5, 2016
The Bank of England brought some much needed relief
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, reacts during the Bank of England Financial Stability Report press conference, at the central bank in central London on July 5, 2016. The Bank of England on Tuesday relaxed commercial banks' capital requirements to boost lending to businesses and households.
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