Author Archives: Jake Rustenhoven

What is TransUnion, and why is it important?

What is Trans Union? Trans Union is one of the “Big Three” major credit reporting bureaus which are commonly used by insurers and lenders to obtain information on their applicants credit history. Based in Chicago, Illinois – TransUnion in 1968 by Union Car Company. As of 2006 it operates more than 200 offices across the … [Read more]

What is Experian, and why you should check your Experian Credit Report

What is Experian? Experian is one of the “Big Three” major credit reporting agencies. Formerly known as TRW Information Systems & Services, and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, it is one of the credit reporting agencies commonly used by insurers and lenders to obtain information on their applicants credit history. Experian also owns FreeCreditReport.com and ConsumerInfo.com. … [Read more]

What is a FICO Score? How is it calculated?

What is a FICO Credit Score? FICO is an acronym, it stands for Fair Isaac Corporation, which is the most widely used credit scoring model in the US. It uses a mathematical formula developed by the Fair Isaac Corporation, and was designed to help lending institutions and other credit companies determine the risk of lending … [Read more]

What is Equifax, and Equifax Credit Reports?

What is Equifax? Equifax is one of the three major credit reporting agencies, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly known as the Retail Credit Company (which was the name back in 1899 when the company was founded), it is an organization commonly used by insurers and lenders to obtain information on their applicants credit history. Equifax, … [Read more]

Identity Theft – It Can Happen To You

Identity Theft – It Can Happen to You Most people are unaware of identity theft until months after the fact when the damage is done and suddenly problems start cropping up everywhere. For most people, the first clues of possible ID theft are: Being turned down for credit because of low credit scores, and bills … [Read more]

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