Personal credit has been important throughout history, and it continues to become more important. The world has become a much bigger place, and therefore your credit is used more often. Because lenders and other service providers cannot possibly know everything about you, they check your credit. Your credit is far more than a record of your borrowing habits — people also use your credit to judge your character. While many people understand that loan terms depend on their credit, many people do not understand the other ways that credit affects their lives. Depending on your credit, you may be more or less attractive as a job candidate or insurance-policy holder. If you already had some idea of how important your credit is, you're way ahead of the game. A large percentage of the population doesn't even know that a credit score is an indication of your risk as a borrower.
Credit is misused and misunderstood by many. Some people find the topic too confusing or too intimidating to understand. Others believe that they are powerless, that their credit controls them, and not vice versa. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can understand how credit works, and you can make it work for you. Credit is a powerful tool that you can use in your financial life. However, if you do not understand the world of credit you are, in fact, powerless. You'll simply have to take whatever offers you can get, and those offers probably won't be the best ones.
This book is designed to demystify the world of credit and credit scores. Knowing how this world works will empower you to manage your credit to your own advantage. You can start to think of your credit as your friend, not a skeleton in your closet. Your credit can get you things that you want, and it can help you save money. You'll have a clear idea of what your credit is, and how credit scores function in your life.
Your credit will be with you for a lifetime, so you should know how to manage it from start to finish. Things do not always work out the way we would like, so this book also prepares you for some of life's more challenging events. You can protect your credit from the unknown, and pick up the pieces when disaster strikes. If all goes well, you can continue to build on your successes. You'll discover secrets to developing great credit, and you'll learn about the traps that trip most people up. When it comes to credit, ignorance is not bliss. You can make your life easier by knowing how the system works and how to work within it.
The world of credit is actually quite fascinating. The world as we know it has evolved over years and years of borrowing, defaulting, repaying, and more. Consumers, lenders, and regulators have all done their part to bring about the current state of affairs. This book should fascinate you and educate you about the world of credit. Those completely unfamiliar with the world of credit will learn the basics, and they'll know what to do to make their credit a little better. Seasoned borrowers can also benefit from some of the more advanced information in this book. No matter what your level of expertise, you'll find information you can use to make your credit work better for you.