Want to prevent the credit bureaus from selling your information?
A loophole in the law now allows the four largest credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, Trans Union and Innovis to sell your personal and private financial information to any and all lenders both in the US and overseas. The financial information they are selling includes your name, address, phone number (including unlisted phone numbers, credit score, current debt, debt history, property information, age, gender and estimated income. Luckily there is a free and easy way for you to put a stop to this practice.
Have you ever wondered why you receive offers in the mail for credit or insurance which say you are already approved? It is because the credit bureaus have sold all of your personal credit information to these companies. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Credit Reporting Agencies (Experian, Innovis, Equifax and Trans Union) are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you (“Firm Offers”).
In the past you’ve heard me speak, and maybe even have received information from me on a variety of business related funding products. You know how challenging it is to get capital in this mercurial economic environment, and I’ve striven to keep you informed with the most up to date info.
I understand that building positive business credit is serious, it takes time and dedication on the part of any business owner. For several years I’ve researched “Building Business Credit”. I’ve interviewed dozens of purveyors of the product. Never have I endorsed one because I didn’t want my sterling reputation tarnished. Over promise……..Under deliver…….was the typical mantra. Charging enormous up front fees and additional “points” on the back end…..They all sing the same tune. Until now……..
The Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) puts you in control of your qualified accounts such as IRA’s, 401(k)’s, 403(b)’s, Keogh’s, SEP’s and more. With a SDIRA you have the flexibility to invest in real estate, mortgages, businesses, franchises, tax liens etc. This gives you, not Wall Street, discretionary control of investment options, whether traditional or non-traditional. A Self-Directed IRA is a retirement plan that allows the account owner to direct investment decisions on behalf of the retirement plan. Basically, an SDIRA is a unique hybrid tool that utilizes a self-directed IRA custodian and a specialized legal structure. With an SDIRA you will have a checkbook, a debit card and all the tools that come along with a business checking account.
The SDIRA owner can use his retirement funds for a multitude of investments providing a higher potential rate of return. All you need to know are the few things you cannot do and the rest is up to your imagination.
In the simplest meaning, asset-based lending is any kind of lending secured by an asset. This means if the loan is not repaid, the asset is taken. A home mortgage is an example of an asset-backed loan. More commonly however, the phrase is used to describe lending to business and large corporations using assets not normally used in other loans. Typically, these loans are tied to inventory, accounts receivable, machinery and equipment, but they can also include exotic things like the value of pharmacy script files, a trademark, or whole assets of intellectual property. For example, Midway Games took out a line of credit secured by its Mortal Kombat game. If it fails to repay, the bank then owns the franchise and can sell the rights to it.
As your post-holiday credit card statements arrive in the mail, you´ll probably think about what you spent. But have you thought about how much of your personal and financial information was exposed? Sounds like the perfect time to check your Credit Report!
In the past you had to be careful of the carbons when they “swiped” your credit card. Today credit thieves have a whole new high tech and low tech bag of tricks. The only way to make sure you’re safe is to take precautions and regularly check your credit report for inaccuracies, you know, the key changes on your report that could either indicate identity theft or a reporting error.
Earlier this month we posted an article about Payday Loans, and the possible pitfalls connected to this institution. This post was evidently compelling enough for a reader to ask to be a guest writer and post her own story. The following is from Angela Sanders, who writes a Blog of her own called A Financial Journal. We are always excited in bringing you the very best in information and calls to action on this blog. Here is Miss Angela…
Is it possible to consolidate your debts?
“The consumers take out payday loan to manage their emergency expenses at the middle of the month. When you apply for payday loan you are not required credit check so the interest on this loan is comparatively higher than other loan programs. Make sure that you pay off the owed amount on scheduled date to avoid the accruing interest on the principal balance.”
Parents, start building your children’s credit early – and do it well. Build credit early for your children – even before college starts, if they plan to take out student loans. Sign over an account that they must pay on time each month. Get a credit card with a low limit, and a bank account that you help them manage monthly. Avoid opening several charge cards at once in their name – not only will they be hard to repay, but having new accounts when they have a short credit history will cause their credit rating to drop. Encourage them to get a part-time job.
“The Credit Card Act of 2009 sought to temper aggressive marketing of credit cards to students by restricting campus promotions and requiring students younger than 21 to have a co-signer, unless they have enough income to get their own card.” And banks are unwilling to offer credit education to their customers. “They do not tell us that no credit is as bad as poor credit. Banks and educational institutions certainly do not think it is their responsibility to conquer the critical task of teaching children about credit.”
Be careful of online loan rate comparisons, timing is everything. Online loan rate quotes are easy to get – type in some personal information and you can get a quote on a car loan, personal loan, student loan, or mortgage in seconds. This is free and convenient, leading many people to compare several companies at once in order to make sure that they get the best deal possible.
The problem is that since online quotes are a fairly recent phenomenon, Credit Bureaus count each such quoted estimate as a “Hard Inquiry.” This means that if you compare too many companies online by asking for quotes, your credit score will fall due to too many “Inquiries.” This does not mean that you shouldn’t seek online quotes for loans – not at all. In fact, online loan quotes are a great resource that can help you get the very best rates on your next loan. What this information does mean, however, is that you should research companies and narrow down possible lenders to just a few before proceeding.
Credit card “piggybacking” isn’t a new practice. For years, parents have done it to help their children get a jump start on their credit. However, it recently came under scrutiny because shady credit repair companies and unscrupulous consumers used the practice to artificially boost bad credit scores.
What is Credit Card Piggybacking? Credit card piggybacking is much like the childhood game of being carried around on someone else’s back; but instead, you’re “carried” on someone else’s credit card account. Once you’re added as either a joint card holder or an authorized user to a credit card account, the entire credit history typically appears on your credit report and included in your credit score.
Being a joint card holder or an authorized user on an account with a positive payment history would boost your score. While late payments and high credit card balances could lower your score depending on the other information on your credit report. Note that not all credit card companies report authorized user accounts to credit bureaus, partly because of the cost and partly because of the way the practice has been abused by some.