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The length of time that negative information can remain on your credit report is governed by a federal law known as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most negative information must be deleted after seven years. Some, like a bankruptcy, stay for up to 10 years. With regard to the specifics of derogatory credit information, …

Learning to read a credit report is actually a big deal for anyone looking to improve their personal finances. A credit report represents a thorough review of an individual’s financial history, revealing the person’s documented activity on key issues such as personal payment history, loans and creditworthiness, number of open debt accounts , and can …

Increased competition among lenders and advances in technology have made borrowing an easy affair. Risk management tools have evolved with technology and now allow lenders to better assess borrower risk before lending. “Loans are now available instantly through digitization and the ability to take out credit for a customer in real time. For consumers, this …

Although not something many people think about until they are faced with the problem, it is important to get a credit report for a deceased person. You may need to make sure the credit report is accurate and take stock of which creditors you need to notify of the death, or see if there is …