The 3 Kings of Credit

Key Takeaways

  • Check your credit score annually to make sure there are no errors in your financial history. Free credit reports can be obtained at AnnualCreditReport.com.
  • The Fair Credit Billing Act requires the three main credit rating agencies—Experian, TransUnion and Equifax—to correct errors and disputes pertaining to your financial history.
  • To bolster your credit rating, make payments on time, manage your cash flow wisely, correct errors in your credit history and don’t utilize more than 30 percent of your available credit.

Know Your Loan Basics

Key Takeaways

  • Four basic components of any type of loan are time, interest rate, loan amount and payment.
  • Young adults tend to have four types of loans: student, auto, credit card and mortgage.
  • A good credit score will give you much better terms on any type of loan—and save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime.

Establishing Strong Credit Hands

Key Takeaways

  • Establishing a good credit history early in life goes a long way to helping you get favorable loan terms.
  • To build your credit, pay your bills on time, stay under the 30 percent utilization rate and establish two credit cards with staggered due dates.
  • Get a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com. Make sure there are no errors in your credit history.
  • Always keep your FICO score above 740.