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Credit Unions: How They Work & How to Join (It’s Easier Than You Think)

All the hype you’ve heard about credit unions is well-earned. It’s the reason we’ve seen growth at more than three times the rate of credit activity among consumers of other lender types. And it’s the reason you need to know how credit unions work and how to join one, which is easier than you might think. Whether it’s better customer service you’re looking for, or better chances of getting a loan when you’re trying to repair your credit, get the facts about how a credit union could be just what you need.

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Your ChexSystems Report and Score: What You Need to Know

Whether you have a charged-off bank account or you’ve never bounced a check in your life, ChexSystems needs to be on your radar. This consumer reporting agency not only collects information on your banking activity, but can also show evidence of fraudulent bank accounts opened in your name. This not only affects your ability to open bank accounts in the future, but could impact credit applications, so checking your ChexSystems report and score is an important step in the credit repair process.