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I saw this paid ad during a Google Search this evening:
Hmmm…so what caught my eye? The “Purchase 3 Bureau Reports.” Many of you are probably wondering “Why purchase these reports when you can get credit reports from each of the three bureaus for FREE at annualcreditreport.com? ” and “Why would you want to buy them at the same time?” A best practice is to space out your FREE credit reports from the three credit bureaus every four months so you can be constantly monitoring them. To make matters even more confusing (or some might say misleading) the ad says in bold at the top “No Credit Card Needed” so why would I have to purchase something that is available for FREE elsewhere.
Click on “Purchase 3 Bureau Reports” and here’s what you get:
Think Big Data. The Economist (5 minute article, college reading level) enlightens us on this topic in their article: “Big data, financial services and privacy:”
This is all part of an “intensifying data arms-race in finance”, says Magda Ramada Sarasola from Willis Towers Watson, a consultancy, which claims that no industry used more big data last year. Banks and insurers used to rely only on what customers and credit agencies told them, but today websites and mobile-banking apps let them get much more close and personal. Less conventional sources are also popular. Social-media profiles, web-browsing, loyalty cards and phone-location trackers can all help. In a trial, FICO, America’s main credit-scorer, found that the words someone uses in his Facebook status could help predict his creditworthiness (tip: avoid “wasted”). Even facial expressions and tone of voice are being studied for risk.
Just another reason to be careful with social media..your bank or lender may be reading but then again the lines between social media and finance seem to be blurring:
From Press Release:
Today, Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) launches Coinage, a new video-first brand covering personal finance that runs across 22 Time Inc. sites. Coinage will feature 600 short-form videos throughout 2017 to help guide everyday choices consumers make in spending, saving and investing for themselves and their families across all stages of life in a lighthearted and entertaining fashion.
Here are the first three videos they released. Each are between 1-2 minutes:
We knew that more and more credit card companies were providing their cardholders with their credit scores each month (Discover was the first to offer to their cardholders and then expanded that by providing it to anyone who went to their site). Then there are sites like Credit Karma and Credit Sesame that also provide credit score information for free. This evening, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Experian is getting into the act:
I was thinking about this question recently for two reasons: 1) the $23 million fine that CFPB handed down to a few credit reporting agencies for deceptive marketing around credit scores and 2) As fewer millennials choose credit compared to debit, the number of credit invisibles increase. So, what can we learn from this article from the Atlantic (approximately 10 minutes in length)?
- Chicken or the egg problem with credit: “If you think about the credit-invisible population in this country, their ability to enter the financial mainstream and access affordable credit instead of payday lenders and pawnshops and check-cashing services is tied to what’s in their credit report,” says Michael Turner, the president of the Policy and Economic Research Council. “They’re caught in the credit catch-22: In order to qualify for credit you have to have already had credit.”
It’s a new year which makes it a good time to review your credit report. I went to annualcreditreport.com, answered a few questions to verify my identity and proceeded to my credit report. As I completed my review, I couldn’t help but notice the offer about getting my credit score (can you say cross-selling opportunity?). When I clicked on the button…
What’s the catch?