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Credit Scores Showing Mixed Movements
Credit Scores Showing Mixed Movements

Credit Union Times, 2009-11-13

Credit Karma, a San Francisco firm that tracks and provides credit scores, reported that nationwide from June through September, 39% of credit scores increased, 29% decreased and 32% remained the same.

Check Your Credit Score for Free with CreditKarma
Check Your Credit Score for Free with CreditKarma

Gabe Anderson, 2009-11-13

We all like free, so enter Credit Karma, a site that gives you your credit score free of charge and it takes a whole two minutes or so to sign up, see your score, and get a letter grade in various categories, including the following...

Sometimes all you need is Good Karma
Sometimes all you need is Good Karma

Auto Net Financial News, 2009-11-11

"Bad credit car loan shoppers looking for a good deal need look no further than the Credit Karma web site which provides registered users with a free credit score."

Credit Karma
Credit Karma

Windows Fanatics, 2009-11-11

Like some other companies out there, Credit Karma provides you with credit score for free, but the extras help it to stand out a little more.

5 ways to kill your credit scores
5 ways to kill your credit scores

MSN Money, 2009-11-11

Or you can sign up for free credit scores from sites such as Quizzle, Credit.com and Credit Karma, which use the actual information on file about you with the credit bureaus.

The Top 10 Consumer Credit Events Of 2009
The Top 10 Consumer Credit Events Of 2009

Wisdom Journal, 2009-11-07

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.

What To Do With Your Credit Cards
What To Do With Your Credit Cards

Marketplace NPR Radio, 2009-11-06

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.

The Truth About Free Credit Scores
The Truth About Free Credit Scores

Zikkir, 2009-11-01

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.

Lessons Learned: Now You Can Get Credit Scores Free!
Lessons Learned: Now You Can Get Credit Scores Free!

Journal Star, 2009-10-30

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.

Money-saving sites to check out, part 2
Money-saving sites to check out, part 2

San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-10-29

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.

The Wonderful World of Finances
The Wonderful World of Finances

Dusted.net, 2009-10-28

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.

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

NetBanker, 2009-10-22

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.

My Thoughts on Credit Karma's Free Credit Score
My Thoughts on Credit Karma's Free Credit Score

Fair Credit Reporting Act, 2009-10-19

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.

Websites That Can Help You Manage Your Credit and Finances
Websites That Can Help You Manage Your Credit and Finances

THJ Associates, 2009-10-17

Credit Karma believes consumers have a right to know this information [credit scores] with no charge or without the bait and switch of 30 days free followed by enrollment products with confusing opt outs.

What's My Credit Score?
What's My Credit Score?

Sweet Deals by Chau, 2009-10-14

However, Credit Karma is offering your credit information including score for FREE! How do they do it? The advertisers pay for this service. NICE!... This is an amazing tool to take charge of your credit.

Best Ways to Get Your Credit Score
Best Ways to Get Your Credit Score

The Boston Globe, 2009-10-13

If you don't want to pay a fee for the score, you can get a pretty could idea of the range of your score by visiting www.credit.com and http://www.creditkarma.com. These sites also offer valuable information on how your score is determined and how you can improve it.

The New 'Free' Credit Reports: A Good Deal?
The New 'Free' Credit Reports: A Good Deal?

Smart Money, 2009-10-08

CreditKarma, launched a little over a year ago, offers a free credit score from TransUnion, along with a credit analysis tool and simulator, which helps you see how certain actions (say, applying for a new credit card or paying late) will affect your current score.

Denver credit-card users pay down debt faster than national rate
Denver credit-card users pay down debt faster than national rate

The Denver Post, 2009-10-08

Denver borrowers recorded a 7 percent rate of decrease in their credit-card balances during the third quarter versus a 5 percent decline in Colorado and a 4 percent decline nationally, according to a report Wednesday from Credit Karma, a San Francisco provider of consumer credit-reporting services.

Credit Scores: Can You Get Them Free?
Credit Scores: Can You Get Them Free?

The Wall Street Journal, 2009-10-08

CreditKarma.com, 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 on a scale of high, medium or low.

Two places where you an get your credit scores for free
Two places where you an get your credit scores for free

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2009-10-01

Credit Karma.com, which launched its Web site in March 2008, now has close to 1 million users who have checked out their score, according to Ken Lin, founder and CEO of the San Francisco company. "People are so worried about ID theft and their credit these days, it really helped with growth," Lin said. "Credit scores have been a very opaque process. There's been very little visibility on how it works."

Another free way to get your credit score
Another free way to get your credit score

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2009-09-28

Now, there are two ways to get a pretty good sense of your credit score for free. First, Creditkarma.com will give you an actual credit score. I have checked my score a couple of times through this site and have found it to be accurate.

Looking over my credit stuff
Looking over my credit stuff

Four Dollar Gas, 2009-09-27

I love the site. I have been on it since June and using it to track my score is nice.

Credit Score Urban Legends ? Busted!
Credit Score Urban Legends ? Busted!

Wallet Pop, 2009-09-24

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. But you may find that your spouse's credit habits can affect your credit score, Lin says -- with such details as whether you pay bills on time, or how much of the available balance you use on joint credit-card or joint-loan accounts...

Weak scores may limit access to credit cards
Weak scores may limit access to credit cards

Detroit Free Press, 2009-09-24

The credit card culture is changing for good, as a result of new regulations. And consumers must learn new rules when it comes to paying with plastic. "Consumers may find it's going to be much harder to get credit if they're on the margin," warned Ken Lin, CEO and founder of Credit Karma in San Francisco.

Just about any financial task is made manageable with online help
Just about any financial task is made manageable with online help

Money Under 30, 2009-09-17

"There is a small but vocal minority that has never used credit," says Ken Lin, CEO of credit tracking Website CreditKarma.com in San Francisco. Although Lin understands some consumers' decision to totally abstain from credit card debt, he says that when used properly "credit is a fantastic convenience".

Clean Up Your Credit and Save $100,000
Clean Up Your Credit and Save $100,000

The Motley Fool, 2009-09-10

Check your credit score: I know you're itching to see where you stand, and CreditKarma.com offers instant gratification -- a free credit score without the gotchas that make other "free" score offers a pain (like the product trial you have to remember to cancel).

Wealthy Families Face Bankruptcy on Real Estate Crash
Wealthy Families Face Bankruptcy on Real Estate Crash

bloomberg.com, 2009-09-09

Rebuilding credit after a bankruptcy may take as much as five years of good payment history, said Ken Lin, chief executive officer of CreditKarma.com, a San Francisco-based Web site that allows consumers to monitor their credit scores. A secured credit card, which requires an upfront deposit, is a good way to start, he said.

Credit Scores: What You Need to Know Now
Credit Scores: What You Need to Know Now

wsj.com, 2009-09-08

Preserving your credit history is one reason that Kenneth Lin, CEO of Creditkarma.com, recommends that you don't formally close an account but let the issuer close it for lack of activity. The longer the account stays open, he says, the more you'll add to your credit history and the longer you'll benefit from the additional available credit.

Tips to fight your travel credit card dispute
Tips to fight your travel credit card dispute

cnn.com, 2009-09-04

Also, bear in mind that you may have other remedies, says Ken Lin, the chief executive of Credit Karma, a financial information company based in San Francisco. "There are often consumer protection laws at the state level regarding warrantees and refunds," he says.

Win at the Credit Scoring Game
Win at the Credit Scoring Game

CNN Money, 2009-08-27

Learn Your Score. You have three FICO scores, based on your credit reports at the three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. The numbers tend to be in the same ballpark, so pony up $16 to get one representative score at myfico.com. You can get an estimate free at Creditkarma.com.

CreditKarma.com is an interesting new site
CreditKarma.com is an interesting new site

Rossander's Security Reader, 2009-08-24

Better, they have a "Report Card" to show you how your score and its different components stack up to the rest of the population. (I did okay on most components but was surprised to learn that my score was hurt by not having enough accounts with different lenders. Consolidation makes keeping track of the family finances easier but apparently there are costs to that decision.)

How to Shop for the Best Home Loan ? Finding the Best Mortgage
How to Shop for the Best Home Loan ? Finding the Best Mortgage

genxfinance.com, 2009-08-24

You won't get your credit score with your free credit report, so this is something you're going to have to do separately. Two of the best options for obtaining your credit score are myFICO and Credit Karma. Credit Karma is free and provides some neat features to help you monitor your score and make improvements.

Credit bill could hurt consumers
Credit bill could hurt consumers

The Arizona Republic, 2009-08-23

At any rate, tighter credit is now the case for marginal borrowers. In the recent past, someone with a credit score of perhaps 680 or above on FICO's 300-850 scale could get a top card with a low rate, said Ken Lin, CEO of CreditKarma.com in San Francisco. But today, the best cards are being restricted to people with credit scores of 740 to 750 and up, he said.

Illinois, You Can't Afford Squat
Illinois, You Can't Afford Squat

NBC Chicago, 2009-08-18

"With Illinoisan's credit card debt averaging $6,775 and an average mortgage loan of $189,443, it looks like the only good news for our state is that our average credit score is still above the national average of 673, according to Credit Karma."

Just about any financial task is made manageable with online help
Just about any financial task is made manageable with online help

Chicago Tribune, 2009-08-15

"Credit score: Your credit score will affect the interest you pay on everything, so you want to keep it in the 700s or higher. To get a free credit report, which influences your score, visit annualcreditreport.com. To see your score, pay less than $50 at myFICO.com. To improve your score: creditkarma.com."

Free credit score and credit analysis
Free credit score and credit analysis

Bargain Babe, 2009-08-13

"The Internet has made many things free and thanks to Credit Karma that now includes credit score. I spoke to Credit Karma founder Ken Lin about how he makes money, the $6,818 credit card debt each average American carries, and failing grades"

Help Fixing Credit Score
Help Fixing Credit Score

wsj.com, 2009-08-09

CreditKarma.com's credit-score simulator will calculate how your score might change if you pay down or take on a certain amount of debt, fall behind on a monthly payment or close your oldest credit-card account, among other transactions.

Understanding banks' new credit criteria
Understanding banks' new credit criteria

latimes.com, 2009-08-09

Although you could easily get credit with a 680 FICO score two years ago, acceptable credit scores are far higher now, said Ken Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma in San Francisco.

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