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More people could qualify for mortgages under new rule

by Samantha Fields and Amy Scott Aug 14, 2019
The Federal Housing Finance Agency this week announced a new rule that will open up competition for which score, or scores, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac use.
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Is the strong economy creating credit score inflation?

by Amy Scott Apr 30, 2019
A 740 today may not mean the same thing as a decade ago.
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How a new service could help boost your credit score

by Renata Sago Dec 21, 2018
Experian says consumers who let the firm monitor their checking accounts could get easier access to credit.
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FICO scores are going to change. Here's how.

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer and Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 22, 2018
The Ultra FICO could make it easier for people with imperfect scores to qualify for credit.
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FICO scores are going to change. Here's how.

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer and Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 22, 2018
The Ultra FICO could make it easier for people with imperfect scores to qualify for credit.
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Why does everybody want me to check my credit score?

by Amy Scott Aug 8, 2018
Once a closely held secret, free scores are abundant.
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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…

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Why consumer credit is a matter of "social trust"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jul 25, 2017
The modern credit economy mostly works, author Josh Lauer says.
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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…

Making credit more accessible — and less exclusive

by Eliza Mills May 21, 2015
Changing FICO criteria may benefit renters and those with medical debt.