Kate Ashford

Kate Ashford is a personal finance journalist and content writer with 15+ years of experience covering retirement, work, small business, credit, debt, insurance, healthcare and other financial topics. She’s a contributing writer for Forbes and Monster, and she’s written for numerous finance and professional publications including the BBC, LearnVest, MagnifyMoney, MoneyWatch, ValuePenguin and MONEY magazine. She’s also created content for a variety of financial companies.

Articles by Kate Ashford

What Is a Collateral Loan?

Sometimes it’s a lot easier getting a loan when you’re willing to put up some kind of collateral   — like your home, car or grandfather’s... read more

How to Freeze Your Credit for Free

You already know that your credit score is important. It tells potential lenders and creditors whether you can responsibly manage credit. The higher your number,... read more

Credit Frozen? Here’s How to Lift It

Your credit score is a number that lenders use to assess your creditworthiness. The higher your number, typically on a scale of 300 to 850,... read more

These Accounts Can Help You Build Credit

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, statements or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone You already know that a good credit... read more

Why Autopay Is a Surefire Way to Boost Your Credit Score

Your credit score is like a report card for your credit habits — the higher your score, the better your credit behavior has been. Making... read more