During this recession, even people once considered prime customers have watched their credit ratings decline. This guide shows these readers how to reestablish their credit and increase their credit scores. Topics include: the ins and outs of credit scores; where to get credit reports and how to identify mistakes; how to take advantage of consumer protection laws; telephone scripts and a letter to use when communicating with creditors and bureaus.
?In 2008, over two million Americans lost jobs, and one out of every 10 mortgages were one month or more behind in payments
?Author is a sought-after expert on personal financial planning, featured in Money Magazine, Family Circle, Women's Day, and on CNBC and CNN
Improve your credit score, for real, with the #1 best-selling guide you can trust!Today, a good credit score is essential for getting credit, getting a job, even getting car insurance or a cellphone. Now, best selling journalist Liz Pulliam Weston has thoroughly updated her top-selling guide to credit scores, with crucial new information for protecting (or rebuilding) yours.
Weston thoroughly covers brand-new laws and rules surrounding credit scoring — including some surprising good news and some frightening new risks. Don’t settle for an out-of-date guide to credit scoring, when Your Credit Score, Fifth Edition offers brand-new coverage of all this, and more:Recent consumer-friendly reforms in lending, credit score calculation, and credit bureau behavior — and how to take advantage of them How you can finally get your credit disputes reviewed by an actual human being Why recent medical debts shouldn’t impact your score anymore How to get a legitimately free FICO score without getting ripped off How lenders have recently loosened their criteria, making it easier to get loans even if your credit isn’t perfect Important new options for student loan borrowers — including brand-new ways to dramatically limit your payments How tax refund fraud is soaring — and the one little-known way to avoid becoming a victim The disappearance of "manual underwriting": why it’s now virtually impossible to get a mortgage without credit scores Weston updates her guidance on raising your FICO score... fighting lower limits or higher rates... maintaining the right mix of cards and balances... bouncing back from bad credit... choosing credit "solutions" that help, not hurt... explodes both new and old myths about credit scoring… and much more.
Your Credit Scoreis for every consumer who is concerned about improving or protecting their credit — and it’s so up-to-date and useful, thousands of financial professionals use it, too!
No one should tell you what to do with your money—only you know what’s most important to you. Always guiding you back to your true priorities, Jesse Mecham will fundamentally change the way you think about your money and what it can do for you. His proven method—four, simple rules—will transform money management from a paralyzing burden to a powerful tool, putting you in total control of your life:Give Every Dollar A Job. Be intentional about what you want your money to do before you spend it.Embrace Your True Expenses. Break up larger, less frequent expenses into smaller, more manageable amounts. By saving monthly for insurance premiums, holidays, or car repairs, when the time comes, your money is ready and waiting to do its job.Roll With The Punches. When life changes, so must your budget. Make adjustments and move along. Flexible budgets succeed because they’re guilt-free, realistic, and sustainable.Age Your Money. As you repeat the first three rules, you’ll increase the time between the moment you earn a dollar and the moment you need to spend it. When your money is at least a month old, you’ll have finally broken the paycheck to paycheck cycle for good.
This tried-and-true system has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people by teaching them how to take charge, adjust money habits, eliminate stress, and build the life they want to live. Don’t waste another month counting down the minutes until payday....
Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics. At best, they offer the sorry spectacle of countries' stealing growth from their trading partners. At worst, they degenerate into sequential bouts of inflation, recession, retaliation, and sometimes actual violence. Left unchecked, the next currency war could lead to a crisis worse than the panic of 2008.
Currency wars have happened before-twice in the last century alone-and they always end badly. Time and again, paper currencies have collapsed, assets have been frozen, gold has been confiscated, and capital controls have been imposed. And the next crash is overdue. Recent headlines about the debasement of the dollar, bailouts in Greece and Ireland, and Chinese currency manipulation are all indicators of the growing conflict.
As James Rickards argues in Currency Wars, this is more than just a concern for economists and investors. The United States is facing serious threats to its national security, from clandestine gold purchases by China to the hidden agendas of sovereign wealth funds. Greater than any single threat is the very real danger of the collapse of the dollar itself.
Baffling to many observers is the rank failure of economists to foresee or prevent the economic catastrophes of recent years. Not only have their theories failed to prevent calamity, they are making the currency wars worse. The U. S. Federal Reserve has engaged in the greatest gamble in the history of finance, a sustained effort to stimulate the economy by printing money on a trillion-dollar scale. Its solutions present hidden new dangers while resolving none of the current dilemmas.
While the outcome of the new currency war is not yet certain, some version of the worst-case scenario is almost inevitable if U.S. and world economic leaders fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. Rickards untangles the web of failed paradigms, wishful thinking, and arrogance driving current public policy and points the way toward a more informed and effective course of action.
Discover how to get more than ever before out of Apple’s incredibly thin and light notebooks with help from this hands-on guide. How to Do Everything: MacBook Air shows you how to harness the power of the new Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system, and use iTunes, iWork, iLife, iCloud, Safari, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notification Center, Mail, and other powerful apps. Tap into all the computing power built into Apple’s ultra-portable MacBook Air while you’re at home, at work, or on-the-go.Custom configure your MacBook Air and navigate with the Multi-Touch trackpad Get the most out of the new Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system Transfer data from a PC or another Mac Manage your email accounts with the Mail app Sync all of your data and devices via iCloud Connect peripherals—Bluetooth devices, printers, cameras, and more Use your MacBook Air to connect to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and other services Maximize productivity tools, such as Microsoft Office and the iWork apps Download and play movies, TV shows, and games Manage your iTunes Library Get organized with the new Contacts, Calendar, and Reminders apps Communicate efficiently using the Messages app Video chat with FaceTime or Skype Run Microsoft Windows programs on your MacBook Air Update, back up, troubleshoot, and maintain your MacBook Air
Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its early stages and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion-dollar global economy open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides the knowledge. You simply supply the passion.
The second edition includes:A broad introduction of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executivesAn explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architectsDetails of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principlesNew developments such as Segregated Witness, Payment Channels, and Lightning NetworkA deep dive into blockchain applications, including how to combine the building blocks offered by this platform into higher-level applicationsUser stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts