1. Why Your Credit Score Matters

In recent years, a simple three-digit number has become critical to your financial life.

This number, known as a credit score, is designed to predict the possibility that you won’t pay your bills. Credit scores are handy for lenders, but they can have enormous repercussions for your wallet, your future, and your peace of mind.

How Your Credit Score Affects You

If your credit score is high enough, you’ll qualify for a lender’s best rates and terms. Your mailbox will be stuffed with low-rate offers from credit card issuers, and mortgage lenders will fight for your business. You’ll get great deals on auto financing if you need a car, home loans if you want to buy or improve a house, and small business loans if you ...

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