Liz Weston on Personal Finance (Collection)
Top financial columnist Liz Weston helps you build your credit score -- and your entire financial future!
Millions of people now turn to Liz Weston for plain-English, common sense advice on building wealth and financial security — in fact, she’s now the Internet’s most read financial columnist! Now, in two remarkable eBooks, Weston delivers indispensable up-to-the-minute guidance for maximizing your all important credit score, simplifying your finances, and getting what you want out of life! In Your Credit Score, Fourth Edition, Weston reveals crucial new information about protecting (or rebuilding) the three digit number that’s now being used by everyone from lenders to potential employers, insurers to cellphone carriers. Weston thoroughly covers new credit laws … explains the new “FAKO” alternative scores… offers up-to-the-minute coverage of short sales, foreclosures, and the FICO 8 Mortgage Score … helps you protect yourself against new credit risks, fight lower limits and higher rates, rebound from bad credit, and choose credit “solutions” that help, not hurt! Next, in Easy Money, Weston offers a practical, easy-to-understand guide to taking control of all your personal finances — for the rest of your life! You’ll walk through all the fundamentals, from investing to retirement and college planning… discover new ways to control your spending and reduce your financial services costs… learn how to get the most out of your credit cards… even learn what to do if you’ve overspent on your most recent car purchase! Packed with checklists and charts, this easy-to-use book puts you back in charge of your money, where you belong!
Table of Contents
Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future, 4/e
Chapter 1 Why Your Credit Score Matters 1
Chapter 2 How Credit Scoring Works 15
Chapter 3 FICO Versus “FAKO”--Competitors to the Leading Score 39
Chapter 4 Improving Your Score--The Right Way 51
Chapter 5 Credit-Scoring Myths 71
Chapter 6 Coping with a Credit Crisis 83
Chapter 7 Rebuilding Your Score After a Credit Disaster 109
Chapter 8 Identity Theft and Your Credit 133
Chapter 9 Emergency! Fixing Your Credit Score Fast 157
Chapter 10 Insurance and Your Credit Score 167
Chapter 11 Can Bad Credit Cost You a Job? 183
Chapter 12 Keeping Your Score Healthy 189
Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want out of Life
Chapter 1 Setting Up Your Financial Life 3
Chapter 2 Take Charge of Your Spending 27
Chapter 3 Get the Most Out of Your Credit Cards 47
Chapter 4 The No-Sweat Guide to Retirement (and other) Investing 61
Chapter 5 The Easy Way to Save for College 87
Chapter 6 Insurance: Protecting What You Have--And Will Have 99
Chapter 7 Buying Homes and Cars 117
Chapter 8 When You Need Help 135
Chapter 9 Be a Savvy Shopper 145
Chapter 10 Changing Your Uneasy Mind 157
Chapter 11 Setting Goals, Or What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? 167
Resources and Recommendations 175
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