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‘Tis the Season for Spending (Infographic)

When it comes to holiday spending, many often lose track of just how much their shopping sprees can add up to—over 600 billion (with a B!) was spent on the holidays alone last year, and that number is steadily on the rise. The following guide breaks down just how much consumers are spending on holiday

INFOGRAPHIC: Identity Theft — Are You At Risk?

With each new data breach — Target, Neiman Marcus, Michael’s, Adobe, eBay (the list goes on) — the likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft grows exponentially. Identity theft is real, and we’re all at risk. In our latest infographic we take a look at identity theft by the numbers and steps you can

INFOGRAPHIC: How American Couples Bankroll Their Weddings

Before you and your spouse-to-be take the plunge into marital bliss, it’s important to discuss the major financial implication that comes with planning a wedding, including setting a budget and sticking to it. How will you pay for your big day? Embed the above image on your site: Get your free credit score at

Credit Scores: Separating Fact from Fiction

Credit scores are used by lenders, insurance companies and service providers to determine whether or not they want to do business with you and under what terms. As with many complex financial topics, credit scoring is shrouded in secrecy and misunderstandings. Relax! We’ll help separate the truth from the tall tales.

It’s Your Year! See What the Year of the Snake Means for You Financially

2013 is the year of the snake in the Chinese zodiac. Those born during this year are said to be wise and thoughtful.

INFOGRAPHIC: If Santa Had a Credit Score…

Every year, he makes a list and checks it twice. He notes who’s naughty or nice. Indeed, Santa Claus is coming to town. But while you know what his job is, have you ever wondered what his finances look like? Based on what we know of him, we suspect his credit score probably looks something like this.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Rich Get Ready to Reinvest!

Although many affluent Americans are still taking a “wait and see” approach to their finances, signs of recovery are clear. According to a new study from Merrill Lynch, affluent Americans may have accepted that “economic uncertainty is the new normal,” but there is home on the horizon.

Infographic: How Information Ends Up on Your Credit File

Together, the three major credit reporting agencies— Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—house more than 600,000,000 credit files. That’s a mind-boggling number of loans, collections, public records and inquiries being maintained at any time by the credit reporting industry players. But how does all of that information get to the credit bureaus? The answer may surprise you

Infographic: Can Credit Profiles Predict Which Way a State Will Swing?

Economic issues have dominated the political conversation in recent years. And this election season, we’ve heard more about them than ever before. Can you predict how a state is going to vote based on the credit profile of people who live there?

Infographic: Do Women Pay More When Using Credit Cards?

Are low financial literacy rates hurting women more than men? A recent study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation says yes!

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