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Credit limit decrease in order to get a credit limit increase?

I just opened a new credit card because it gives me better cash back on the things that I purchase. However, it has a credit limit that is only 1/3 of that of my existing card. Just before I got the ...
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Can I pay $20 on my credit card daily?

Here's the scenario, I'm new to credit card and I'm a college student. I need to buy laptop for Fall Semester and my credit card limit is $800. The laptop that I want to buy is $700. If I purchase the ...
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How long does an account stay 'open' on your credit report

A few years ago I had very little credit history and my parents agreed to put me as an authorized user of their cards to help build my credit. I've since built my credit significantly and my parents ...
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If I take out a cash advance, how exactly do I get charged and does it hurt my credit?

I'm in a situation where I need $2500 (USD) in cash (for a money order/cashier's cheque). I'm considering taking out a cash advance on my new US credit card. My credit card agreement says the "APR" ...
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How far can a credit card balance go into the negative?

Hypothetically, if kept overpaying a credit card such that the negative balance kept increasing to absurd amounts, what would happen? For example, say I have a credit card with a line of $500. ...
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Finding out actual items bought via credit card issuer and not the store receipt?

When one goes to the grocery store, one receives a receipt that lists all the items one has bought, with the name of the item and its amount. On my credit card statement (BoA), I only see a charge ...
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How long should one wait before reapplying for credit card after account closure

I have recently come out of some financial trouble. I had about 4 collection agencies I owed money to and 2 credit card accounts that had been frozen and closed. I have now paid off both credit cards ...
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What could be the possible reason for my student credit card denial?

I have a SSN about 30 days old and I am a University student and just started my internship. I applied for a student credit card online ( the requirements were average credit which meant I can start ...
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How large is the market for Secured Credit Cards?

I've been looking around but I can't find a hard statistic on how large the secured credit card industry is. I just keep either finding advertisements or advice on them when I search. In fact I can't ...
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A credit report is a soft inquiry. Is a “credit score report” a hard inquiry?

On Experian's website (and, I imagine, the other two bureau sites) we have the option to obtain a credit report and a credit score report. The credit report is the report that we can get through ...
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How can certain credit card payment patterns affect my credit score?

My bank allows me to pay off any portion of balance at any time, even if I have not received my statement for those purchases yet. I'm wondering if the frequency, amount, or way that I pay off my ...
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How can I significantly increase my credit score using cash?

I would like to improve my credit score^ by throwing money at it rather than by waiting several more years for a ding to disappear from it. I've read several good questions and answers here about ...
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Long history of credit vs. many open accounts — where's the line?

I'm not an expert on credit scores, but I have done a good bit of research on how they're impacted by different variables. I know that a long history of a line of credit is seen as a positive; ...
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Should I open a credit card when I turn 18 just to start a credit score?

I spend about $20-30 a week on my debit card, with periodic $200-300 purchases every few months. I've thought about getting a credit card the moment I turn 18 and using it to buy everything, then ...
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Advice for applying for new credit with no history to lose

I have had a credit history for all of 7 months, and so I only recently (hypothetically) got a credit score. Now I would like to add a small loan and some better sources of credit to my wallet, and ...
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Achieving ideal credit card utilization above 0%

So everyone is aware of the general rule that you should keep credit card utilization below 30% of your credit limit. It's also a good idea to keep this utilization above 0%. It's very easy to stay ...
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“Correct” answer on Visa credit quiz doesn't make sense

I'll be turning 18 in a few months, and I'd like to get a credit card as soon as I can. I've been doing some research on the options available, when I stumbled across this credit quiz. I answered the ...
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How do I permanently opt out of having a credit history?

In the past, I activated a credit block (freeze) on all major credit bureaus and from reading information, this should prevent anyone from being able to report on my credit or gain access to it. ...
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Automatically taking money from my Credit card monthly

I Live in the UK and am looking for a way to automatically take a certain amount from my Credit Card monthly. The first thing that came to my mind was Direct Debit, however it seems Direct Debit is ...
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How do I get myself out this disastrous situation

I put a car in my name and my fiancé was the co-signer for a lease because his credit wasn't good. Now we aren't together and he stopped paying and everything is on me. I also leased a new truck from ...
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Credit Limit Increase without asking = credit inquiry?

If my credit card company raises my credit without my input (meaning - I did not request the credit limit increase), does it result in a hard credit inquiry?
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Home Equity Line of credit features and overview

I have a very recent mortgage. I only have about 7% of equity on the home. I've made about 5 payments so far and everything is going smoothly. Now I have a family emergency requiring me to borrow ...
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What is the full formula for calculating a FICO 9 credit score?

I'm familiar with the percentage breakdown of how a credit score is calculated. I'm wondering what is the exact formula is that can be used to come up with a point value based on specific input ...
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How to bump up my credit for buying a house in a year (open another card or not)

Here's a rough breakdown of my non detailed credit report. I want to buy a house well condo in a year. I am in the 28% tax bracket. I have 20% or more down to avoid PMI. My question is this ...
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Estimating rates on potential loans without officially applying

Is there any way to estimate the rates on a potential loan without applying? I'm thinking of some calculator that takes into account: Loan type (auto/revolving/installment/mortgage/etc) Your income ...
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What happen if I don't pay credit card and leave the country

I have a credit card debt of $600, five years ago in Newzealand. I left the country from then, now I live in Singapore. Will the Newzealand bankers come to Singapore and ask my bank to take money ...
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What is the difference between the closing date and due date for a credit card?

I just got my first credit card ever to begin building a credit. I got the chase credit card called Freedom. I have heard so many stories of credit cards that I got a little scared and that is why ...
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How do I know what credit card to sign up?

So I'm very late to the building-up credit party (27 y/o) but I was thinking since I use Amazon a ton and will be using it even more now that I'm moving into my own appt, an Amazon Credit Card would ...
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What is the best credit card for someone with no credit history

A little background, I've never had a credit card and I'm seriously due for a credit check as I've never had one. I've applied to numerous credit cards and I've been declined every time. I hold a ...
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How can I pull a credit report on my 20-year-old son?

My wife and I would like to see a credit report on our 20-year-old son. He is a college student, and we are responsible for virtually all of his expenses. We want to ensure he doesn't have credit/debt ...
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Debt Relief Agency or cash out IRA?

Through many bad decisions on my part, a divorce, 2 kids in college and a third heading there in the fall, I am in over my head. I have been robbing Peter to pay Paul for a few months now (paying ...
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In double entry book keeping terminology, what is the term or expression for when a journal entry both debits and credits the same account?

I configure point of sale software and thus deal with my clients' accounting people. I need to know how to properly express to them this situation, when they describe it. Thank you.
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credit card payment

I applied for a Barclay apple rewards card to increase my credit line and got approved for a $2,500 limit. My apple product cost me $2,042. Is it wise to pay off the entire amount before the first ...
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Can a dealer keep my deposit (on a non-existant car) if my loan is not approved?

I am going through the process of ordering a car. It's a factory order, so it's not like it is sitting in the lot. The dealer said I had to pay a deposit of $1000, which I did. Then I applied for ...
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Applied for loans but chosen not to take them, will this look like I was refused?

So I applied for several loans to buy a car, trying to take advantage of the low interest rates at the moment. All of them came back with higher interest rates than were advertised. I've subsequently ...
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consolidate credit monitoring

I'm trying to piece together the best way to monitor my credit. I've recieved notices relating to several breaches over the past year (Home Depot and Target I believe) which entitled me to a certain ...
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How to calculate Annual Percentage Rate

How to calculate Annual Percentage Rate (APR) given the following: A - Loan borrowed at the beginning (USD 1000), B - Loan total costs paid at the end (USD 2000), c - Number of compounding periods ...
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What constitutes 'income' for credit card &c? (US specific)

I also have gotten several inquiries like this one My credit card company is asking for my current income citing "Federal Regulations" which started me wondering just what is considered ...
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To prevent credit score decreases, what are the optimal frequency and number of credit card applications in Canada?

The bolded seems anecdotal; is there any official source? http://www.moneysense.ca/debt/know-your-credit-score: While you can check your own credit as many times as you’d like, others can only ...
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Can having a co-signer on a house loan reduce the down payment required?

I have worked as a freelance web designer for 3 years before taking a salary job at a company 6 months ago. I have enough money saved up and make enough at this job to own a house but I doubt I will ...
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Looking to get my first credit card

I have no prior credit history. Does anyone know of a credit card company that doesn't require much (if any) deposit money down and has a high approval rate for first time credit card holders?
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Getting Rid of PMI [duplicate]

We bought a house for less than 20% down payment, and now we pay over $150 a month for useless PMI (private mortgage insurance). I regret having done this, but assuming that I can't change the past, ...
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Will getting a secured credit card to buy a single expensive item hurt my credit or help it?

I want to buy a single high priced item for myself before the new year and I'd like to know if getting a secured credit card for, say, $1500.00 and then maxing it out to buy this single item will help ...
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Can you report on time payments on private loan?

We have a contractual loan (one with a contract, not a handshake) from an family member who bought our student loans. We pay regularly just like any other loan and we pay a small amount of interest ...
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Is it a good idea to max out a zero interest revolving credit account?

I have a 0% interest overdraft that's currently up to a £1200 limit, but I can request an increase. Would it be a good idea to transfer up to the limit (minus what I'd float in the account to make ...
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Approved for a Credit Line of $700 BoA

I'm 18, and I recently applied for a Credit Card at Bank of America. I applied for the BankAmericacard Cash Rewards Platinum Plus Visa, I got approved for a credit line of $700, I was wondering how ...
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When to apply for a new credit card?

I am a graduate student living in US. It is now 10 month since I have had a secure credit card from Bank of America with a $300 credit line and APR 20.24%. Recently, BOA increased my credit line to ...
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Why are there different credit rates in each country?

I live in Paraguay, and here credit rates begin at 16% and go up to 50%. In Germany you can get a loan for a lot less. Why is that?
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Should I always pay my credit at the last day possible to maximize my savings interest?

I want to pay my credit fast but I'm thinking that being too early would cause me to lose on some of the interest I would otherwise have gotten on my savings account. What is the best route for me to ...
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How can I take out a personal loan as a minor with a co-signer other than my parents?

I'm currently in the process of buying a truck worth $8,000. The seller will only hold the truck for me for a week. It is a private party selling the truck (through craigslist) I currently own a ...