Wisdom Journal | Nov 7, 2009

The Top 10 Consumer Credit Events Of 2009

According to Credit Karma's CEO, Ken Lin, 2009 has been a momentous year for credit issues and I have to agree with him. Suddenly, frugality became cool, overspending was out, and consumers put more emphasis on savings and paying down their outstanding debt.

Marketplace NPR Radio | Nov 6, 2009

What To Do With Your Credit Cards

Ken Lin, CEO of CreditKarma.com, talks about how to handle your credit cards, especially now that companies are hiking interest rates, cutting credit lines and imposing new fees.

Zikkir | Nov 1, 2009

The Truth About Free Credit Scores

Credit Karma, which also relies on TransUnion data, gives you one of the same credit scores that TransUnion sells directly to consumers. In addition, it provides a report card grading consumers from A to F across seven key components affecting their scores and ranks the importance of each factor as high, medium or low.

Journal Star | Oct 30, 2009

Lessons Learned: Now You Can Get Credit Scores Free!

For example, CreditKarma.com offers a free daily credit score update. The site also keeps track of past scores so you can monitor progress, and has a report card for grading you on factors that affect scores. Moreover, you have access on this site to a credit-simulator, which can show how scores might change if you applied for a new credit card or line of credit.

San Francisco Chronicle | Oct 29, 2009

Money-saving sites to check out, part 2

So here's the thing: the site will give you your credit score for free, but in return, you're going to get offers based on your profile, and third parties may send you offers based on your credit profile. So decide how much personal information you want to give away in exchange for freebies.

Dusted.net | Oct 28, 2009

The Wonderful World of Finances

I also found out about a free service, Credit Karma, that while it doesn't give you the details, it does provide a high level overview of your report. Even better, you get your Transunion score, which theoretically should be close to the FICO. Give them a whirl, the statistics they collect is interesting to look at.

NetBanker | Oct 22, 2009

Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces Join Forces to Influence Lawmakers with the “Coalition for New Credit Models”

The San Francisco-based Finovate alum video launched in 2008, displays free credit scores and credit report info in an ad-supported business model. The "coalition for new credit models" says its members are providing innovative alternatives to existing banking and financial institutions, focusing on transparency, fairness, durability, and accountability to consumers in the credit markets.

Fair Credit Reporting Act | Oct 19, 2009

My Thoughts on Credit Karma’s Free Credit Score

Credit Karma, like quizzle.com, is good for finding out generally how your credit score fares but don't count on it to be exact. But, at least it's free to find this out using Credit Karma or quizzle.com, whereas you'd have to pay the credit bureaus to get the same "almost" score.