Your Credit Score: How to Fix, Improve, and Protect Your Credit for Life

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"In a country where consumers increasingly pay more when they have bad credit, Liz Pulliam Weston's book provides excellent tips and advice on ways to improve your credit history and raise your credit score. If you just apply one or two of her

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"Excellent book! Insightful, well written, and surprisingly interesting! Liz Pulliam Weston has done an outstanding job demystifying an often intimidating and frustrating topic for the benefit of all consumers."

–Eric Tyson, syndicated columnist and best-selling author of Personal Finance for Dummies

"In a country where consumers increasingly pay more when they have bad credit, Liz Pulliam Weston's book provides excellent tips and advice on ways to improve your credit history and raise your credit score. If you just apply one or two of her insightful suggestions, you'll save many times the cost of this book."

–Ilyce R. Glink, financial reporter, talk show host, and best-selling author of 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask

"Your credit score can save you money or cost you money–sometimes a lot of money. Yet, most people don't even know their scores, much less know how to make them better. Liz Pulliam Weston can help you fix that. In this easy-to-understand guide you'll learn how to make sure your score helps you get the best deal on loans and insurance. You can't afford not to read it."

–Gerri Detweiler, consumer advocate and founder of UltimateCredit.com

A complete action plan for improving your credit score–starting today!

Information that could save you thousands on credit and insurance... even help you get your next job!

Explains the rules, explodes the myths!

Up-to-the-minute information on today's radically new credit scoring system from MSN/L.A. Times personal finance journalist Liz Pulliam Weston.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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The author of the nationally syndicated newspaper column "Money Talk" has come out with a highly readable and useful book on credit scores. Starting off with introductory information on what credit scores are, she takes us through how and why they were developed, how to determine an individual's score, how to improve one's score, and how to deal with a "credit crisis" such as bankruptcy, divorce, job loss, and other events that can wreck one's credit score. She also covers two frequently overlooked areas, the effect of identity theft on credit scores and the correlation between credit scores and insurance rates. Although somewhat repetitive, this work provides thorough coverage of its topic; the numerous anecdotes increase readability and help sustain interest in what could otherwise be a fairly dry topic. Overall, a practical and informative book; recommended for public libraries.-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs. of Ohio, Oxford Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131486034
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2004
  • Series: Liz Pulliam Weston Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Pulliam Weston is a personal finance columnist whose twice-weekly columns for MSN Money reach more than six million people each month. She's also the author of the question-and-answer column Money Talk, which appears in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers throughout the country. Weston is a weekly guest on CNBC's Power Lunch and has appeared on NBC, Fine Living, PAX TV, and other networks.

Formerly a personal finance writer for the Times, Weston has won numerous reporting awards. She was part of a three-member writing team that won a Gerald Loeb Award for coverage of the Comparator Systems penny stock scandal in 1997. She also was a member of the Anchorage Daily News team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service in 1989 for coverage of the alcoholism epidemic among native Alaskans.

Weston is a graduate of the certified financial planner training program at University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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Table of Contents

1 Why your credit score matters 1
2 How credit scoring works 13
3 Improving your score - the right way 31
4 Credit scoring myths 49
5 Coping with a credit crisis 61
6 Rebuilding your score after a credit disaster 81
7 Identify theft and your credit 101
8 Emergency! : fixing your credit score fast 121
9 Insurance and your credit score 129
10 Keeping your score healthy 145
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  • Posted December 18, 2014

    This was an absolutely excellent book for me to learn about cred

    This was an absolutely excellent book for me to learn about credit. I have had a few (okay maybe more than a few after reading this book and realizing what actually counts) slip ups in my credit history. I have been working hard to improve my scores and they have gone up, but I was basically just doing logical things like settling old account and paying down debt. Also I was SO TIRED of hearing different answers from everyone I talked to about what helps and hurts credit. In addition, it was extremely frustrating paying for scores and finding out they are different from place to place. This book has completely enlightened me and MASSIVELY educated and changed my perspective on credit, life, and how I approach the situation going forward. In my opinion, this book got me to realize that your credit score is one of the single most important factors in quality of life and comfort of living and can be as crippling or maybe even more so than a felony on your criminal record. It acts as a barrier to better things, and financial freedom when it is not up to par. Thank you for writing this book so I finally have some solid answers and understanding as to how many aspects of my financial life are so greatly affected by my score. It was so interesting I read 150 of 200 pages in one day, and I'm usually not a huge reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    What is this book about?

    Because i have no clue.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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