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Is Kwedit a wacky idea?

Is Kwedit a wacky idea?

MSN Money, 2010-03-15

Credit Karma points out another pitfall: "... the lack of real accountability to pay back these virtual loans glosses over the pitfalls of the actual credit world."

Credit card users can learn to use the system

Credit card users can learn to use the system

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2010-03-14

To avoid having your account closed, use all of your credit cards occasionally, says Kenneth Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma, a website that provides free credit profiles. Even small purchases, such as a tank of gas once a month, will make you a more valued customer in the eyes of the card company, he says.

Lower credit scores cost New Yorkers $1,400 a year

Lower credit scores cost New Yorkers $1,400 a year

New York Post, 2010-03-14

If your score is declining, you have many fewer options than a few years ago," said Credit Karma's CEO, Ken Lin. "You might not get financing and where you do it's much more expensive.

Hawaii credit card debt down

Hawaii credit card debt down

Pacific Business News, 2010-03-11

Credit card debt in Hawaii fell slightly by 2.7 percent to $9,579 per person in February, down from $9,845 in January. That's according to a report released Wednesday by Credit Karma Inc., a San Francisco-based credit reporting firm.

Bank of America kills overdraft fees

Bank of America kills overdraft fees

MarketWatch, 2010-03-10

"It would have been nice to see banks do this on their own accord without the prodding of regulators," said Ken Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma (on Bank of America ending overdraft fees).

Today's Money 911

Today's Money 911

Today Show, 2010-03-10

The Today Show mentions Credit Karma in a news broadcast.

A Review: Credit Karma

A Review: Credit Karma

You're so money and you don't even know it., 2010-03-09

I would recommend Credit Karma to anyone who is a first-timer when reviewing their own personal credit information.

How to cope with new fees, rule changes on credit cards

How to cope with new fees, rule changes on credit cards

USA Today, 2010-03-08

To avoid having your account closed, use all of your credit cards occasionally, says Kenneth Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma, a website that provides free credit profiles. Even small purchases, such as a tank of gas once a month, will make you a more valued customer in the eyes of the card company, he says.

Credit-Score Urban Legends - Busted!

Credit-Score Urban Legends - Busted!

Mint.com, 2010-03-03

It's a common misconception that credit scores are united in marriage, says Ken Lin, CEO of Credit Karma, a credit-score management service based in San Francisco. While you may share financial obligations in marriage, your credit scores will remain separate.

New month = time to check your credit score

New month = time to check your credit score

Pacific Northwest-Coast Bias, 2010-03-02

Creditkarma.com is one of my favorite sites on the Internet. Every month it allows you to see your credit score from TransUnion, one of the 3 major credit bureaus.

Free Credit Report and Credit Score

Free Credit Report and Credit Score

LisaDozois.com, 2010-02-27

And you can get an updated look at the score every day of the year if you want to. Just click the 'Update My Score' button inside the control panel. Your FICO score changes as your credit balances change, so it's worth checking from time to time.

Credit Score

Credit Score

Small Steps for Big Change, 2010-02-26

So I actually use Credit Karma (a completely free site). I read some reviews on it last year and I liked what I read, so I decided to use them once a year to check my score.

Credit Karma Review

Credit Karma Review

DoughRoller, 2010-02-23

The second step to the CreditKarma.com genius is their credit simulation feature that can help you predict how your credit score will be affected by certain actions. Do you plan to close a credit card, purposely make a late payment because you can't afford to make one on time? Well using this simulator you can whether or not your credit score changes with each action.

Good Credit = Good Karma

Good Credit = Good Karma

Bargain Biatch, 2010-02-22

They're not like most of the other bait and switch companies that give you the onetime report for free only to automatically upgrade you to a paid service. It's a totally pro-consumer and once you sign up you can check your scores anytime and instead of hitting up subscribers they make their money by onsite advertising and offers from partners.

Zen and the Art of Credit Reporting

Zen and the Art of Credit Reporting

Barrons, 2010-02-22

Credit Karma swaps free credit reports/scores for personal info. It also dishes up financial advice whose path eventually crosses those of marketing partners "who share our vision of consumer empowerment." The site notes: "Your credit score is kind of an expression of this concept; an index of your credit history: your credit karma.".

Free Credit Score with Credit Karma

Free Credit Score with Credit Karma

My Credit Cards Blog, 2010-02-20

You all know that using a credit card, building your credit limit, and paying your balance on time build up your credit score. It's always a good idea to check up on your credit score every now and then. Well, there is a free service out here called Credit Karma.

Track your credit score for free with Credit Karma

Track your credit score for free with Credit Karma

OverExpressed, 2010-02-19

Beyond quantifying your fiscal dependability in a single number, Credit Karma also provides some nice reports breaking down the individual areas that contribute to that score. They give you a letter grade and a percentile ranking relative to the rest of the herd, helping point you in the right direction to bring that score up to par.

Credit Karma Launches Savings Dashboard With Targeted Financial Offers

Credit Karma Launches Savings Dashboard With Targeted Financial Offers

Finovate Conferences, 2010-02-17

Web traffic at Credit Karma has been growing steadily. The site currently boasts more than 400,000 unique visitors per month, more than double the volume a year ago. Credit Karma also announced that it quadrupled its users in 2009 and now has more than one million subscribers.

Expert Says Ditching Your Credit Card May Not Be Wise

Expert Says Ditching Your Credit Card May Not Be Wise

Go Banking Rates, 2010-02-16

For instance, according to CreditKarma.com, the average consumer with a credit card has a score of 689, while the average score of a person without a card is 563. This means, in order to build good credit and make yourself eligible for a house or car, it's good to regularly use at least one credit card.

Sites That Help You Fight The Fees

Sites That Help You Fight The Fees

Wall Street Journal Blog, 2010-02-12

CreditKarma.com gives free TransUnion TransRisk credit scores... Not getting a score for free "just seemed wrong," says Nichole Mustard, co-founder and vice president of strategy for CreditKarma.com.

More consumers just say no to credit cards

More consumers just say no to credit cards

USA Today, 2010-02-08

"Responsible use of credit cards helps consumers develop a good credit profile. Consumers who don't carry a credit card have an average credit score of 563, vs. 689 for those with at least one card who carry a monthly balance, according to Credit Karma, a consumer website that provides free credit scores."

3 Ways To Get A Free Credit Report With No Hidden Fees

3 Ways To Get A Free Credit Report With No Hidden Fees

CreditShout, 2010-02-02

After just a few minutes, I was addicted to this website. Credit Karma gives you your current credit score, credit card and other loan offers based on that score. The site also offers a credit simulator that shows the impact different financial actions will have on your credit score.

Favorite Website of the Week: CreditKarma.com

Favorite Website of the Week: CreditKarma.com

CuteGeek, 2010-01-25

CreditKarma.com is here to help not to make you change your style of living or anything, but to help you keep track of your credit score and finances. There are many tools to help you accordingly plan your financial goals through calculators, credit simulators and also special offers from credit cards.

New credit reality; scores must be higher to get the best rates

New credit reality; scores must be higher to get the best rates

Wallet Pop, 2010-01-22

So if you're thinking of a major purchase, your first step is to check your credit score. You can do that for free at CreditKarma.com. You may also want to check out the Credit Score Simulator to test how certain credit actions will impact your score.

In Tough Economy, Credit Scores Take a Hit

In Tough Economy, Credit Scores Take a Hit

PBS Nightly Business Report, 2010-01-21

Credit scores fell in most regions in of the country in the second half of 2009, according to new report by Credit Karma, a credit-tracking service.

Day 20: Karma

Day 20: Karma

365 Days To A Better Me, 2010-01-20

I, however, have found the ultimate site that is truly free! Www.creditkarma.com. They have a wealth of information and useful tips. One function that I find very useful is the "credit simulator." This allows you to see where your credit would be if various positive or negative situations were to take place.

7 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

7 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

Bargaineering, 2010-01-18

If you want to monitor your score, it's best to use a free service like Credit Karma. They give you your TransUnion credit score, which isn't technically your FICO score, but it's still a credit score and you don't have to pay.

Personal Finance: Steps you can take to build credit, get a card

Personal Finance: Steps you can take to build credit, get a card

The Sacramento Bee, 2010-01-17

But those with no credit are in an altogether different category. Typically it's either "young students or the 'under-banked' population people who don't have a long history with traditional banking services," said Kenneth Lin, CEO of CreditKarma.com, a San Francisco-based consumer Web site.

Kids & Money: Free Web sites give you credit history, money management tools

Kids & Money: Free Web sites give you credit history, money management tools

Kansas City Star, 2010-01-16

CreditKarma.com offers a credit score for free from information provided by a division of TransUnion... The Web site includes other useful tools, including a debt repayment calculator and a credit score simulator that shows how certain financial transactions, such as adding a credit card, will affect your overall score over time.

You're from Nevada: higher debt and a lower credit score

You're from Nevada: higher debt and a lower credit score

Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2010-01-14

"After several months of paying down credit card balances, many consumers (nationally) were forced to turn to credit cards toward the end of the year," Ken Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma, said in a statement.

Credit card debt increases by double digits

Credit card debt increases by double digits

Central Valley Business Times, 2010-01-13

"2009 was a rough year for many consumers, especially with unemployment topping 10-percent and the holidays," says Ken Lin, CEO of Credit Karma. "After several months of paying down credit card balances, many consumers were forced to turn to credit cards towards the end of the year."

Hawaii December credit card debt up 7%

Hawaii December credit card debt up 7%

MSN Money, 2010-01-13

Since July, Hawaii credit card balances rose 19 percent, according to a new report by Credit Karma Inc., a San Francisco-based credit reporting firm.

FAQs on the New Credit Card Rules

FAQs on the New Credit Card Rules

Kiplinger's, 2010-01-12

Try applying at an institution where you have a checking account, mortgage or certificate of deposit, recommends Ken Lin, of CreditKarma.com.

Credit Crystal Ball?

Credit Crystal Ball?

Long Island Exchange, 2010-01-07

What does 2010 hold? Ken Lin, CEO of Credit Karma offers insights and predictions.

Top five credit card predictions for 2010

Top five credit card predictions for 2010

Wallet Pop, 2010-01-06

"Many consumers delayed purchases in 2009," said (Credit Karma CEO) Kenneth Lin. "Many want good news, and I think with consumer confidence on the way up, 2010 will show increasing consumer spending and less saving."

Featured Website: Credit Karma

Featured Website: Credit Karma

Akron-Summit County Public Library, 2010-01-05

The site derives your credit score from one of the major credit agencies which allows you to see how a lender may view your creditworthiness... Along with the other free tools provided, this is a great site!!

New credit-card rules add accountability

New credit-card rules add accountability

Pocono Record, 2010-01-03

"If you are able to improve your credit score from good to excellent, you open up a world of options," said Kenneth Lin, chief executive and founder of CreditKarma.com.

Smart Credit Card Debt

Smart Credit Card Debt

Rich Credit Debt Loan, 2010-01-02

Be sure to check out these credit card reviews at Credit Karma.

An Action Plan for 2010

An Action Plan for 2010

Women on the Web, 2010-01-01

...Then go to CreditKarma.com and check your credit score for free.

New Credit Card Rules Add Accountability

New Credit Card Rules Add Accountability

Los Angeles Times, 2009-12-27

"If you are able to improve your credit score from good to excellent, you open up a world of options," said Kenneth Lin, chief executive and founder of CreditKarma.com.

5 Signs Your Spouse Is a Financial Tiger Woods

5 Signs Your Spouse Is a Financial Tiger Woods

The Motley Fool, 2009-12-23

According to CreditKarma.com's November U.S. Consumer Credit Score Climate Report, among those who have credit cards, the average balance increased 4% from October and has risen 14% since June.

You Can And Should Check Your Credit Profile For Free

You Can And Should Check Your Credit Profile For Free

USA Today, 2009-12-22

You can update your score as often as you want. If you're working to raise your score, this will help you gauge your progress. Credit Karma CEO Ken Lin recommends checking for updates once a month.

News 4 Broadcast

News 4 Broadcast

WLOS (ABC), 2009-12-21

Credit Karma is mentioned in News 4 broadcast!

Smart Shopper: Don't Pay To Clean Up Your Credit Score

Smart Shopper: Don't Pay To Clean Up Your Credit Score

ABC15 News, 2009-12-20

The first site is Credit Karma. You create your account and you can see your credit score right away and at anytime. You can then look at your report card, which grades you on the major things that impact your score.

Home Buyers Need Good Credit Score Even With 20% Down Payment

Home Buyers Need Good Credit Score Even With 20% Down Payment

USA Today, 2009-12-18

In recent months, though, several services, such as Quizzle, Credit Karma and Credit.com have launched programs that provide free credit profiles. These websites can provide a useful snapshot of your credit standing and provide tips on how to improve it.

Organize Your Digital Life

Organize Your Digital Life

MickMel, 2009-12-17

Credit Karma takes it a step further. They'll show you your updated credit score each month, and give tips and advice on how to improve it. Being able to track it over time can be very valuable, and their advice can be quite useful if you don't know what steps you need to take to improve your score.

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