While the financial world eagerly awaits the the Federal Reserve Board’s decisions about interest rates, a new working paper was published at the Fed by economists Jane Dokko, Geng Li, and Jessica Hayes. These economists studied at how one of the most important indicators of your financial health, your credit score, can predict how successful you will be in your relationships.
About two years ago, I did what many financial gurus would tell you is the worst financial decision you can make: I bought a new car. Now, we could sit here and argue back and forth all day about why I chose this route over getting a used or certified pre-owned car, but I think the decision was right for me at the time. (I’m sure this will be the topic of future posts as well!).
NPR recently reported some statistics which showed that Americans are taking on riskier and more expensive loans to finance fancier and more expensive cars. Taking out a car loan, even when you can buy your car outright with cash, isn’t necessarily a bad financial decision. Here’s why I chose to finance my car and put my money elsewhere, instead of on a big down payment.
I already posted about what makes up your credit score. Knowing what is in your report and how it impacts your score isn’t enough though. Here are some basic tips which will not only help you increase your score, but avoid hurting it as well.
These guidelines will not improve your score overnight. However, by nurturing these good habits over time, your score will go up. Remember, your credit score is compiled from your full credit report which serves as a snapshot of your financial history. Improving your score will allow you to get credit more easily and at a lower interest rate in the future. Continue reading →