Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay talks with John Ulzheimer about credit scores and managing your credit history.
They also discuss the deceptive marketing of pre-paid debit cards, how a FICO score is built and the unfortunate history of credit repair firms.
Table of contents
[00:00] Introduction from Jay Frosting
[00:34] Interview with John Ulzheimer
– [00:55] Credit scores are not used by employers; part of your credit report can be
– [03:09] Different situations call for different details on you
– [04:19] Data repositories vs. reporting agencies vs. brokers
– [06:37] The history and bad reputation of credit repair agencies
– [09:24] Today’s credit repair environment is much better
– [11:04] When and why to hire a credit repair firm
– [12:55] Creditworthiness can be affected by where you buy things
– [14:58] The buckets and the scorecards that make up a FICO score
– [17:17] Can your credit be affected by where you live?
– [20:28] Too many consumers learn the hard way about credit management
– [22:04] The problems with prepaid debit cards
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Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published June 24, 2012. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.