In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ken Lin from Credit Karma about credit scores. Tom also talks about credit scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act with MSN Money’s Liz Weston.
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[00:00] Introduction from Flexo
[00:38] Interview with Ken Lin of Credit Karma about credit scores
[01:22] — Explaining a credit score
[02:33] — The three credit bureaus
[03:24] — Credit Karma overview
[04:26] — Positive indicators in March credit scores
[05:47] — Lending practice changes and possible impact on credit scores
[06:38] — Limitations of a good credit rating
[08:15] — Credit Karma wrap-up
[08:51] Interview with Liz Weston of MSN Money about the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights and improving credit scores
[09:26] — Status of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act
[10:10] — Reactions of credit card companies to the bill
[11:50] — Liz’s take on people being able to adjust their credit limits
[12:56] — Will credit card companies to freeze or slow lending?
[14:20] — The importance of improving your credit score
[15:50] — Liz’s seven fast fixes on improving your credit score
[21:19] — The differences between the three major credit bureaus
[23:40] — Liz Weston wrap-up
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Updated January 2, 2018 and originally published May 10, 2009.