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3 easier approval credit cards to help you rebuild credit

   Image: In a Nutshell Even if you have a limited or poor credit history, you may still qualify for easier approval credit cards like the Capital One® Secured MasterCard® or the Indigo® Platinum Mastercard®. Written by:  Melanie Lockert We generally make money when you get a product (like a credit card or loan) through our platform, but we don’t let that cloud our editorial opinions. Learn moreabout how we keep this compensation from affecting our editorial views. Advertiser Disclosure The best easier approval cards to help you rebuild credit  Best for building credit and earning rewards Credit One Bank® Platinum Visa® with Cash Back Rewards Best if you have a limited credit history  Capital One® Secured Mastercard® Best if you’ve previously filed bankruptcy Indigo® Platinum Masterca...

How Long It Takes Your Credit Score to Recover from a Drastic Drop

How long does it take for your credit score to rebound from a “soft inquiry?” That’s what Tiffany wants to know for this week’s Money Monday:   I inquired about a car loan and the dealer said soft inquiry, but performed six hard inquiries against my report. I never purchased a vehicle. My score has since dropped 75 points. How long will it take for my score to go back up? How can I determine how many points it dropped per hit?   ADVERTISEMENT     Each Monday we’re tackling one of your pressing personal finance questions by asking a handful of money experts for their advice. If you have a general question or money concern, or just want to talk about something PeFi-related, leave it in the comments or email me at alicia.adamczyk@lifehacker.com.   This is what individ...

Plane tickets are about to get more expensive

Play Video A look back at the year in aviation By Nathaniel Meyersohn Flying to the beach may be more expensive this summer. Rising fuel prices are pressuring airline profits. That means airlines will charge higher airfare. It’s difficult to predict how much more expensive seats will become or the timing of fare increases, but the message is the unanimous from the major carriers. “Consumers will pay more to travel because of higher fuel costs,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel analyst and the founder of Atmosphere Research Group. “I think it will affect summer travel for people who have not already booked their flights.” Related: Southwest bookings fall after fatal accident Airlines have a few ways to build in higher fuel expenses, he explained. Some might rais...

The cryptocurrency market has halved in less than a month

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and all other major cryptocurrencies are taking a pummeling today. BTC is at $8,234, down 16.3 percent in the last 24 hours, and Ethereum is at $858, down a whopping 23 percent in the same time period, according to CoinMarketCap. Overall, the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies combined is currently $389 billion, roughly 53 percent down from its Jan. 7 high of $835 billion. SEE ALSO: Bye-bye, Bitcoin. It’s all about bananacoins. The correction is likely due to the onslaught of bad news regarding cryptocurrencies in the last couple of months. China has banned cryptocurrency trading in September. South Korea implemented stricter cryptocurrency trading rules this week. India’s finance minister said Thursday the country’s government will take measures ...

The Best Bank Sign-Up Bonuses and Perks

Photo by CafeCredit. Let’s say your bank sucks, treats you poorly, and you’re ready to break up with them. While you’re on the hunt for a new, better place to store your money, remember this: some banks will pay you to switch. Wells Fargo Customers Should Check Their Bank Accounts Read more That’s right, many banks offer sign-up bonuses. They’re sort of like credit card sign-up bonuses, but instead of points, you get cold, hard cash. Not all bank bonuses, however, are worth it. Some of them come with frustrating fine print details, like monthly maintenance fees. You don’t want to switch from one bad bank to another, so we combed through some of the most popular offers to pick the best of the bunch. Chase Bank If you open a Chase Total Checking account and set up a direct deposit into it, y...