May 12th, 2016
Those with Lower Credit Scores More Likely to Rate Taxes One of Top Three Issues
Taxes aren’t important just one day of the year. A recent poll has found that voters want a presidential candidate who will focus the rhetoric on the piece of their paychecks going to Washington every payday. But how important that is as an issue may depend on your credit status.
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March 31st, 2016
Your credit card utilization rate – your collective credit card balance divided by your collective credit card limit – is an important factor used by most credit scoring models to calculate your score. Generally, lenders see that if you’re using a greater amount of available limit, there is an indicator of a greater risk of not being able to pay your debts. In general, a credit card utilization rate of less than 30 percent is recommended.
March 10th, 2016
In Credit Karma’s recent Credit Fumble research, almost half of all people surveyed (47 percent) said that they had missed one or more payments on a credit card or loan before they entered their 30s. Missing payments have a myriad of potentially negative run on effects: you can incur a missed payment fee, your interest rates might rise, and it could end up on your credit report and potentially cause your credit score to fall. Banks and issuers consider how reliable you were in the past in paying your debts as an indicator in how reliable you will be repaying future debts.
February 26th, 2016
Student debt is fast becoming a fact of life for Americans: research has estimated that by 2020 as many as two-thirds of jobs require post-high school education or training, tuition continues to rise in all sectors of the education market, and students are taking on debt at an alarming rate. Student debt has more than doubled in the last 10 years and, according to MarketWatch, it grows by $2,726 each second in America.
February 3rd, 2016
Missing a utilities bill or credit card payment happens more than we’d like to admit. Letters requesting payment can be tossed in the recycling bin, caller ID can make it easy to avoid phone calls, but the debt does not disappear. After a few months it may be sent on, or sold, to a collections agency for payment, leaving a derogatory mark on a credit report that may stay there for seven years or longer.
January 21st, 2016
At Credit Karma, we define a “Credit Fumble” as being the phenomenon where young adults, new to credit and many without any financial education, make largely avoidable financial mistakes. When we finished our recent research into this pattern, even we were surprised to find out that more than two-thirds of young adults we surveyed experienced at least one Credit Fumble before they turned 30.
December 17th, 2015
A recent University of Michigan study showed that car ownership was declining in America, but with over 90 percent of households still owning a vehicle, it clearly still plays a major role in most people’s daily lives.
November 5th, 2015
Owning a home is a hallmark of American life. People often chase the ideal of having a house, a vehicle and a grill they can use during cookouts with friendly neighbors. There’s just one problem, according to Zillow home prices have been rising steadily since 2012, with many buyers also held back by stricter lending standards in the market since the housing crash in 2007.
October 22nd, 2015
It’s a well hashed-out narrative in the media today, which deepens with every new home sales report: the average age of first-time homebuyers is rising as Millennials face several obstacles in their path to home ownership.
October 5th, 2015
As the election campaign heats up on each side of the aisle, student loans have become a central issue. In 2003, Americans held over $250 billion in student debt. Today, it's almost $1.3 trillion. According to MarketWatch, student loan debt in America is increasing by over $3,000 every second.