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How a $560 phone bill stopped a home loan application dead in its tracks

It’s easy to go through life ignoring your finances. Money, bills and investments are topics that are often thrown in the too-hard basket, and we live with the mindset that if we pay the bills, our finances should be in order. But it’s not quite that simple, and as Melbourne resident Krystle* discovered, something as small as a late payment can come to haunt you years down the track. “I’ve always been a really organised person,” Krystle says. “The importance…

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Five financial things I learned while getting a degree I never used

You’ll often hear people say that you shouldn’t go to university unless you know what you want to study and how you’ll use it in a job later on. I disagree; I think all university study is useful in one way or another. It’s not just a degree  –  it’s a formative experience  –  and I personally don’t think it’s ever a waste of money, time or effort. But I’m speaking from the point of view of having got my…

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Is your credit score in the zero zone? This could be why

If credit scores were emojis, getting a zero would be a bit like this guy. Getting a zero for your credit score can be a bit of a shock. But don’t worry, you can turn your emoji frown upside down with a few fixes. But first, a bit about why you got a zero score. For 85% of people with zero scores, they’ll have a default or a bankruptcy on their file. This is the major problem: not paying your…

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The Credit Simple guide to understanding your score

So you got your credit score, but you can’t understand why you got the score you did. Maybe it’s quite high (yay!) or maybe it’s low (or even zero). Here’s a rule of thumb guide to understanding your credit score. Two big things to keep in mind are: Credit scores of 1,000 are really rare, and anything over 800 is pretty standout. If your score isn’t as high as you think it should be, this could be because your current…

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What affects your credit score (and why it matters)

Your credit score is a number between 1 and 1,000 that indicates how financially healthy and responsible you are, and how likely you are to pay your debts. Understanding how this score is calculated is crucial to improving your score, so you can get better deals from your bank, telco, insurance company and more. Here’s what affects your credit score: Defaulting on a payment, even if you eventually pay it. This sits on your record for five years. But having…

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I checked my credit report (and you won’t believe what happens next!)

I got asked for ID last week at the liquor store and I was shamefully delighted about it, earning me the disgust of the very young checkout assistant. And while she might be in need of an eye check, once I stopped waving my ID in her face with glee it occurred to me that she probably thinks I am just a sad old lady eying up forty. While this might be true, I don’t miss my twenties. I might miss…

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My boss wants to check my credit score
Help! My new boss wants to check my credit report

Imagine you’re on the cusp of getting a hot new job, and your prospective boss says they’ll need to do a credit check. You’re pretty sure there’s some bad info on there, and anyway, isn’t it a breach of privacy? Fret no more, dear reader: we bring good news. Firstly, it’s true that other parties can check your credit report – landlords, recruiters, telcos, insurance providers and utility companies, as well as employers. However, they can’t do it without your…

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So you think you don’t have a credit history …

An acquaintance said to me – rather smugly – the other day, “I don’t need to check my credit score, because I don’t have a credit history.” “Oh, you don’t?” I said. “Have you checked it in the past and discovered you didn’t have a profile in the system?” “No,” he said. “But I’ve never had any hire purchases or a car loan, so they won’t have anything on me.” Many people think that a credit history is built solely…

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Help! I want to delete my credit history

We got an email the other day from a guy who wanted his account deleted. He’d registered for Credit Simple, discovered his credit score was in the 200s, and decided the best thing was to just wipe it all off the history of the world, immediately and forever. Great idea in theory. And many people point to other parts of the world where there’s such a thing as “the right to be forgotten“, where you can apply to have things…

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Five things that will give you expensive car insurance
Five things that will give you expensive car insurance

Nobody wants expensive car insurance! But with a little bit of insider knowledge, you can get top notch insurance without having to fork over a fortune. Here are five factors that affect how much you’ll pay for your premium. 1. Your credit score Many insurance companies take the position that people with a low credit score are more likely to make a claim. Things like credit defaults and repossession have a big effect on your credit score, so check it…

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