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Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future (4th Edition) (Liz Pulliam Weston) Reviews


Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future (4th Edition) (Liz Pulliam Weston)

Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future (4th Edition) (Liz Pulliam Weston)

Today, a good credit score is essential for getting decent terms on credit–or for getting credit at all. But that’s just the beginning: Your credit score rating can be reviewed by everyone from employers to cell phone carriers. Now, MSNBC/L.A. Times journalist Liz Weston has thoroughly updated her best-selling guide to credit scores, with crucial new information for protecting (or rebuilding) yours. Your Credit Score, Fourth Edition thoroughly covers brand-new laws changing everything from how

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  1. 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sound financial advice for those in credit distress!, November 17, 2011
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    Dad5 (Providence, RI USA) –
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    Your Credit Score by Liz Weston provides sound financial advice in an accessible, readable presentation; with the first half of the book dedicated to a discussion of how credit scores are compiled and how to manage your credit scores. The second half of the book has a less general application, but is must reading for those with credit issues, particularly those seeking to rebuild a damaged credit history. The potential impact of credit scores on insurance premiums and the job search may also come as a surprise to readers.

    I would suggest, however, that if the reader’s primary interest is the FICO score, they should first check out Understanding Your FICO Score, a 20-page booklet available free on the myfico.com website. This covers much of the material in Chapters 1 and 2 of Your Credit Score. If you want to learn more, I would then turn to Weston’s book.

    Readers who paid for a credit score online, expecting a FICO score, but receiving a VantageScore instead, will be particularly interested in Weston’s Chapter 3. While the three major credit bureaus promote VantageScore as a superior alternative to FICO, Weston provides some valuable insights on the VantageScore vis-a-vis FICO; Weston also indicates free sources for VantageScore, saving the reader a typical $7.95 (or more) that many pay for this score.

    So, my only caution to readers is that about one-half of the book has general applications for all readers and the other half is primarily relevant to those in financial distress. If you are not facing credit issues, you may wish to closely examine the Table of Contents to determine if Your Credit Score is right for you.

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  2. 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    GOOD INFO, GREAT FOR THOSE TRYING TO BUILD CREDIT, December 21, 2011
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    KDub “Book Babe” (Atlanta, GA) –
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    This book gives a great foundation about what credit is. Goes in depth about how credit scores are calculated and how they are affected. Because of this I think this would be great for teens, or college students.
    The ways to improve your credit score are nothing new if you are fairly knowledgable about credit. It reinterates many of the basic tips that most are familiar with like ensuring there are no errors on your credit report and paying your bills on time.
    I think this book would provide any person with some knowledge about credit and help those who have serious credit problems with a way to organize their clean-up game plan.
    Worth reading for all.

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  3. 3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Buy This Book!, March 23, 2012
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    AV
    This review is from: Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future (4th Edition) (Liz Pulliam Weston) (Paperback)

    At the risk of sounding like someone paid me to write this…..I mean it when I say you need to buy this book, no matter what your current score. As it details how your credit score is derived and how to improve it. In addition the books is filled with real-life questions and myth busters. For example, paying your CC balance off every month does nothing for your credit score, or that your car insurance premium can and probably is based in part on your credit score. If you put even a fraction of the tips and tricks offered in this book into action you going to do yourself some big favors. If anything you will be more mindful of how you utilize your CC’s and how your credit score effects your future. Additionally, the book mentions several organizations that can help with the various aspects covered in the book.

    This book left me feeling educated and empowered. In fact it’s more than a book, but a manual on how to work this whole credit scoring system and personal finances in general to my maximum advantage.

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