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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 ...
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Mortgage rate shopping - 14 day period

I'm currently in the 14 day period since my credit (all 3) were pulled for a Mortgage Application. A second lender pulled my credit today (still in the 14day period) and surprisingly, the new inquiry ...
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Does not having the full (good) payment history on report negatively affect me?

I've had my credit card since 2006. My credit-report reports the following: Status: Open/Never late. Date Opened: 06/2006 Reported Since: 06/2011 Date of Status: 09/2014 Last Reported: 09/2014 ...
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If I could, should I buy a car with cash instead of credit?

The most common (and realistically feasible) method of buying a car is to buy it with a loan/credit card, then pay it off in bits every time interval. However, say that I could buy a car in full when ...
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Balance transfer from Wells Fargo to Chase

I have had a Wells Fargo Credit Card for about 3 years with a limit of $3100 and a chase bank credit card since January with a limit of $3000. Wells Fargo is charging me close to 13% and chase has its ...
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What effect does a high credit line have on a mortgage?

I have received a letter from my credit card company increasing my credit line and when I spoke about this with a co-worker, they told me that I should request that the company does not increase my ...
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What is too much credit utilization on credit card?

Is credit utilization looked by card or total credit? Say I have three credit cards with the following utilizations: Card A Limit: $30000 Balance: $25000 Utilization: 83% Card B Limit: $20000 ...
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Do credit checks affect credit scores?

I've heard what I believe to be a myth surrounding credit scores being affected by companies (loan, mortgage etc.) checking your file. I used to have an experian account, and I noticed quite a few ...