Category: Credit Reports

Reading List for September 11-13

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Sep 11, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Credit Reports, Paying for College
Economics A majority of young adults (52%) live with parents for the first time since the Great Depression (graph at bottom of post). (Pew Research) Real Estate: “Booming” Zoom towns and “Gloomy” urban rental markets. The statistic above may explain some of the “gloom.” You will find some interesting statistics in this one. (NPR) Unemployment: New jobless claims settle down at a still, unprecedented rate of 884,000. And 839,000 applied for the Pandemic...

What's New With Managing Credit - 2020

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Aug 06, 2020
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Credit Reports, Credit Scores, Credit Cards
How is the pandemic impacting credit scores? For starters, 5 million student loan borrowers saw their credit scores drop after the CARES Act allowed (Federal) borrowers to defer payments with no interest and no penalty until September 30 (6 months). The loan servicers were supposed to report to the credit bureaus that $0 was owed and paid. Great Lakes reported only that payments were deferred, and several of the credit scoring agencies dinged the borrowers’ scores. Now they have to follow...

Question of the Day: How often do people check their credit scores?

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Apr 29, 2020
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Credit Reports
Answer: Every few months is the #1 answer. Questions:  Why is it a good idea to check your credit score and report on a regular basis? What are some of the repercussions of NOT checking your credit score regularly? Do you think that people who check their credit score on a regular basis tend to have higher scores? Your friend says “you only need to check your credit score just before you need to borrow money to buy a car or a house.” Do you agree or disagree with his...

Question of the Day: How often do the credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) allow consumers to check their credit report for free?

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Apr 21, 2020
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Credit Reports, Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Current Events
Answer: Weekly Questions:  These credit reporting agencies typically allow consumers to check their reports annually for free. Why do you think they are now offering to let consumers check on a weekly basis? Given the current economic challenges, what do you think happens to a consumers ability to pay off their debts (e.g., student loans, home loans, credit cards, auto loans)? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind...

Question of the Day [Updated]: What's the average monthly payment for a new car purchased in 2019?

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Mar 18, 2020
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Question of the Day, Credit Reports, Purchase Decisions
Answer: $554 Questions: When do you expect to buy your first car? Will you buy new or used? Explain your answer. Do you think that $554/month for a car payment is reasonable? Why or why not? What is the trend in monthly payments for new cars over the last five years? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Credit Karma):  Recent data indicates that new-car prices have gone up — by 2.3% from March...

Question of the Day: What’s the average credit score for 18- to 24-year-olds?

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Mar 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Credit Reports, Credit Scores
Answer: 630 Questions: Why are credit scores important? Why do you think 18- to 24-year-olds have the lowest credit scores? What is the relationship between age and credit score in this chart? Why do you think this relationship exists? What might be some of the reasons? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Credit Karma): Our Credit Trends show you how you compare to other Credit Karma members. See where you...

Question of the Day: Rank order from most to least prevalent these credit products used by Gen Z (18-24): Student Loan, Auto Loan, Credit Card.

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Feb 05, 2020
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Credit Cards, Question of the Day, Student Loans, Credit Reports
Answer: Note: Private label = store credit card Questions: What is your current attitude toward credit products?  Do you anticipate using any of these products? If so, at what age do you think you will start using them?  Describe what it means to use credit products responsibly.  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (TransUnion research): Many younger consumers receive smaller credit limits...

QoD: What is the interest rate differential on car loans between those with bad credit and those with best credit?

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Feb 04, 2020
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Credit Reports
Answer: 4.4% vs. 16.7% (12.3% difference) Note: APR = Annual Percentage Rate (a.k.a. Interest Rate) Source: MyFICO Loan Savings Calculator as of 1/31/2020 (From NGPF Activity: Impact of Credit Score on Loans)  Questions: Why do you think that those who struggle with managing credit pay higher interest rates when they need a loan?  Looking at the column, TOTAL Interest Paid, how much more is someone with a 580 credit score paying in interest compared to someone with a 720 credit...

Best of 2019: Most Visited Unit Pages

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Dec 30, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Career, Investing, Insurance
 Our Unit Pages are the most visited pages on the NGPF website. Why? It provides teachers with all of the NGPF resources available on a given topic (unit) on ONE page. So, whether you are looking for 45 minute lessons or just individual resources to supplement your existing lesson, you can find them on the unit page.  Here were the unit pages that received the most page views: Checking Budgeting Taxes Types of Credit Investing Career Paying For College Saving Insurance  Managing...

NGPF Podcast: Rod Griffin on the current landscape for credit reports and credit scores

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Dec 20, 2019
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Podcasts, Credit Reports, Credit Scores
If you want to learn about credit scores and credit reports, there is no better teacher than Rod Griffin of Experian. Attend this webinar and you will learn how credit scores are determined, the educational tools available on the Experian website and recent changes that are helping to boost scores in certain situations. Enjoy!  Details:  0:00~0:57 Introduction 0:57~3:41 Rod’s role at Experian and the importance of teaching personal finance 3:41~4:59 The increase in ways for...

Have you seen the new "What's New With _________?" posts?

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Aug 31, 2019
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Current Events, Credit Reports, Index Funds, Investing, Credit Cards, Checking Accounts, Career
We all know that things are always changing in the world of Personal Finance. We bring you a weekly reading list of news related to Personal Finance, Economics, and other topics relevant for teachers, but what if you want to hone in on what’s been happening in just one topic? This year, the “What’s New With” series of blogs is a bit different than in the past. We are pulling in fewer articles on each topic, but going into more depth within the blog to explain what has...

What's New With......Credit Reports and Scores?

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Jul 15, 2019
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Credit Reports, Credit Scores
 More data, more control Far and away the biggest development in the area of credit reporting and credit scores so far in 2019 has been the introduction of a new program from Experian, and the announcement of another one from Fair Isaac Corporation. Both programs incorporate a broader array of metrics to give a clearer picture of a person’s default risk. Interestingly, the two companies are using the same “financial data access and insights “company, Finicity, to drive the...

QoD: What age group has seen the greatest increase in credit scores since 2008: 18-21 year olds, 22-35 year olds or consumers 72 and older?

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Jun 03, 2019
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Credit Scores, Question of the Day, Research, Credit Reports
Answer: 18-21 year olds saw an increase of 23 points in the past decade.  Credit score changes since 2008 18-21 year olds: 23 point increase to 639 in 2018 22-35 year olds: 15 point increase to 644 72 and over: 40 point drop to 732 Questions: The CARD Act passed by Congress in 2009 reduced teen access to credit cards. What impact do you think this had on credit scores for 18-21 year olds since it passed?  What relationship do you see between age and credit scores? Why do you think...

Interactive Monday: Test Your Credit Score Knowledge

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Apr 21, 2019
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Interactive, Credit Reports, Credit Scores
Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Jill Wilson for sharing this credit score quiz with us.  What's to like about the quiz? It's short (12 questions) It's thorough: covers what factor goes into a credit score, who cares about your credit score and the cost of not having a good credit score. It's a good review after you have completed your managing credit unit.  ----------------- Here are two teacher favorites when it comes to credit score activities to engage your students: Interactive: FICO...

Question of the Day: Can you name ONE of the three most frequent ways that consumers, under age 25, establish credit?

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Feb 06, 2019
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Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Student Loans, Credit Reports
Answer: Credit Card (35.6%) Student Loan (19.9%) Retail Credit Card (13.7%) Questions: Why do you think that credit cards tend to be the entry point for establishing credit for so many consumers?  Almost no one in any age group establish their credit for the first time by taking out a mortgage. Why do you think that is true?  How do you think that you will establish credit?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...