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How to Build and Maintain Good Credit

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Your credit score is a crucial part of your financial health. It measures the capacity of your credit, the proficiency of your money management and your financial responsibility. An excellent credit score can open the door to large loans with better interest rates, as well as employment opportunities and more. On the flip side, a poor credit score can be a strong barrier towards building wealth, funding large purchases and finding gainful employment.

How Your Credit Score Impacts Your Financial Wellness

How Your Credit Score Impacts Your Financial Wellness

Your credit score is determined by many factors. It affects just about everything including housing, insurance rates, employment, as well as loan rates and loan eligibility. That’s why knowing what makes your credit score go up or down is important to your overall financial wellness. Here are some helpful tips about how your credit score is calculated, how it affects your life and how to improve your credit score.

7 Steps to a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

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It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is half over. Take a timeout from barbecues and mountain hikes to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup. Use the seven steps below to guide you. 

Step 1: Revisit Your Budget 

Take some time to review your monthly budget. Is it working for you or are you falling behind each month? After reviewing, adjust your budget as necessary. 

How Often to Apply for New Credit Cards

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Everyone knows maintaining a good credit score is important. The higher your score, the more attractive you will be to potential lenders, making larger loans and the best interest rates easily accessible.

Hopefully, you’re working hard to keep a high credit score by using your credit cards and paying on time. However, you may be wondering if more is better. Is having several credit cards and more available credit a good idea? Or, are too many cards a liability to your credit score? Read on for the answers to all your questions.