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KTKA (ABC) - Wichita, KS, 2010-07-14

ABC Wichita television broadcast mentions Credit Karma.

Credit card debt down, but just by 1%

Credit card debt down, but just by 1%

San Francisco Business Times, 2010-07-14

Consumer credit card debt fell in the first half of the year, but just by 1 percent, according to Credit Karma in San Francisco.

Bay Area Residents Pay Off Debt Faster

Bay Area Residents Pay Off Debt Faster

Wall Street Journal, 2010-07-09

Credit Karma Chief Executive Ken Lin says the high cost of living here, coupled with the weak economy, is making locals feel "cash poor" and thus discouraging them from taking on more credit-card debt.

How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate

How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate

U.S. News & World Report, 2010-07-07

The better your credit, the more attractive you'll be, and you can check your score for free with something like Credit Karma (save your money for your debts!).

Credit-card issuers on the prowl for more fees

Credit-card issuers on the prowl for more fees

Denver Post, 2010-06-29

"They [credit card issuers] are very good at the letter of the law, just not the spirit of the law," said Ken Lin, chief executive of CreditKarma.com, which tracks card activity.

What is Credit Karma?

What is Credit Karma?

Credit Shout, 2010-06-18

Credit Karma is a revolutionary new service that provides customers with what they call the Credit Report Card. Consumers can use CreditKarma.com to see their credit reports, credit score and more for free. That's right, Credit Karma is completely free to use.

U.S. Consumer Card Balances Decline

U.S. Consumer Card Balances Decline

Collections Credit Law, 2010-06-14

U.S. consumers' average credit card debt in May fell to its lowest level so far this year, while credit scores held steady, according to new data Credit Karma released June 9.

Banks, Consumers See Card Stats Improve

Banks, Consumers See Card Stats Improve

TheStreet.com, 2010-06-09

"The rate of charge-offs seems to have peaked in December 2009 and January 2010," said Ken Lin, CEO of Credit Karma, the advocacy group.

9 Credit Score Myths, Debunked

9 Credit Score Myths, Debunked

U.S. News & World Report, 2010-06-08

Ken Lin, chief executive of the Web site CreditKarma.com, explains that while all of the credit bureaus (the main ones are Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) use the same criteria to judge your "credit worthiness" and often come up with similar scores, they can vary because they have different information and may analyze it slightly differently.

Emerging from the Bubble

Emerging from the Bubble

Harbus, 2010-04-04

Check your credit score for free at CreditKarma.com. Your credit score will directly affect the mortgage rate you can get and how much of a down-payment your lender might require.

Get the Best, Spend Less

Get the Best, Spend Less

Kiplinger's, 2010-04-01

VALUE: Credit Karma offers one credit score, a credit report card explaining factors that make up your score and access to its credit simulator -- all for free.

Money matters: Credit Karma

Money matters: Credit Karma

Backwoods Home Magazine, 2010-04-01

Credit Karma is a free site that works with TransUnion to let you access an updated score as often as you like and track it through the months. At no cost. Not only that, but with its "Credit Report Card" feature, you get enough info to deduce what's in your TransUnion credit report, even though you don't see the actual report. Again, you can update that as often as you like. For free.

Managing Your Money, Social Media Style

Managing Your Money, Social Media Style

Social Media For Professional Writers, 2010-03-27

CreditKarma.com is worth a mention for its sheer awesomeness. The site allows you to monitor your FICO credit score absolutely free!... CreditKarma.com is definitely worth checking out, especially in these days of increasing financial desperation.

Three ways social media can save you money

Three ways social media can save you money

MarketWatch, 2010-03-25

For those with no credit, like the graduating college student, CreditKarma is teaching traditionally hard-to-reach people how to begin the process of building credit. They then offer tools that show them -- based on real data -- how they can save dollars on big-ticket items.

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.

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