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Happy wife, happy financial life

CreditSimple.co.nz delves into the attributes of high and low credit scorers, finds marriage means you’re financially responsible. Financially responsible Kiwis are likely to be married, have two or three kids, are university educated, and probably don’t smoke, according to research from finance business CreditSimple.co.nz released in 2017. Credit Simple’s research of more than 2.2 million people shows that 60 per cent of those living in areas with a high average credit score are married, but those in areas with lower…

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Are you part of the 1%? Keep tabs on your credit file so you can get mistakes fixed, fast

Here at Credit Simple, we encourage you to check your credit score and keep tabs on your credit history. It doesn’t happen often, but if there’s a mistake on your file, you need to know about it and get it fixed. We’re happy to report that since we launched in September last year, almost 3,000 Kiwis have queried errors on their credit file. New Zealanders are making the most of free and instant access to their credit scores and credit files,…

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Eight things about your credit history that may surprise you

Borrowing can actually help your credit score, as unintuitive as that might sound. Potential credit providers want to see that you’ve got a history of responsibly paying your bills, so borrowing a small amount and paying in full and on time will help to boost your credit score. Your credit file will also include publicly available information such as court judgements and bankruptcies. So anything out there online or in court databases about you will most likely also appear on…

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9.2% of all Kiwis are credit unicorns. Are you one of them?

In the world of credit scores, we like to refer to those with a score of more than 900 as unicorns. They are rare and until now, almost mythical beasts, and only 9.2% of all Kiwis can call themselves a credit unicorn. Everyone has a credit score. It’s a number between zero and 1000 that credit providers and banks use to determine how credit worthy you are. The higher your score, the more likely credit providers are likely to lend…

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The pros and cons of going guarantor

‘Going guarantor’ are two dangerous little words. “Nan, will you go guarantor on my car? You don’t have to pay any money.” Stop right there. Going guarantor can be a great way to help others out. But it’s way more risky than most people think. Read this article before you say yes or no. The worst-case scenario is that the lender comes after you for the money. Parents have lost their homes from going guarantor and families have been torn…

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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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