Your Credit Report: Can You Afford to Ignore It?

Federal law requires the three major nationwide consumer reporting companies -- Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion -- to each provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

When was the last time you obtained a copy of your credit report? If your answer is "never" you are not alone. A recent survey found that one in four Americans have never checked their credit report. The simple reason? They don't think it is important.1

Credit reports ARE important to every consumer. They typically are a major factor in determining if you will be approved for a loan, be able to rent an apartment, or even get hired at a new job. They qualify your creditworthiness and are one of the first places to detect whether you have become the victim of identity fraud.

If all of those reasons are not enough to convince you that monitoring your credit report is a good idea, the no-brainer fact you can't deny is: It's free and has been for more than a decade!

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires the three major nationwide consumer reporting companies -- Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion -- to each provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. These three companies sponsor an official website -- that allows you to request credit information from all three agencies in one place.

Once you receive your report(s), be sure to review all of the following for accuracy:

• Your name (including any variations or nicknames) • Your Social Security number • Date of birth • Current and previous addresses • Employment data • Credit accounts and history • Public records (e.g., liens, bankruptcies, etc.)

If you find errors in the report, you'll need to contact the credit bureau and provide documentation to correct the error.

Confusion Compounded

Even among those who have checked their credit reports fairly recently, confusion persists about what is included in the report and why it matters to them. For example, a survey of more than 4,300 adults conducted in early 2015 by found that:1

• 27% of those surveyed were surprised by some of the information included in the report. • One in five found (21%) incorrect or outdated information. • One in 10 (10%) found a collection account they didn't know existed. • 15% were unsure of the relevance of each section of the report.

Further, the study showed that many consumers only saw their credit reports in conjunction with an application for housing or a loan and were left with little or no time to respond to any problems or mistakes that may have surfaced.

Don't be blindsided by errors in your credit report that could cost you a job or disqualify you from a loan application. Credit experts generally encourage individuals to check their credit report at least annually to ensure that the information it contains is accurate and up-to-date.

Source/Disclaimer:, "Are Credit Reports Important? Many Americans Say No," March 3, 2015.

Required Attribution

Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by Wealth Management Systems Inc. or its sources, neither Wealth Management Systems Inc. nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall Wealth Management Systems Inc. be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscriber's or others' use of the content. © 2015 Wealth Management Systems Inc. All rights reserved.

Recent Posts
Stay up to date with our latest news and articles 

Main Office:

151 Kalmus Drive, Suite C-150 

Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
(714) 850-0534 

(714) 850-0934 FAX  

  • Wix Facebook page
  • LinkedIn App Icon
  • Wix Twitter page

Desert Office:

77-564 Country Club Drive #150

Palm Desert, CA 92211

(760) 350-5049

The information in this website is for U.S. residents only. GW Financial, Inc. described in this website is registered only in the United States and the information on this website does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase funds either in the United States or to persons outside of the United States. 


Content on  is protected by applicable copyright laws. No permission is granted to copy, distribute, modify, post or frame any text, graphics, software code, user interface design or logos.




An investment adviser or IA rep may only transact business in a particular state after licensure or satisfying qualifications requirements of that state, or only if they are excluded or exempted from the state's investment adviser or IA rep requirements, as the case may be. Follow-up or individualized responses to consumers in a particular state by an investment adviser or IA rep that involve either the effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, as the case may be, shall not be made without first complying with the state's investment adviser or IA rep requirements, or pursuant to an applicable state exemption or exclusion.


For information concerning the licensure status or disciplinary history of an investment adviser or IA rep,

a consumer should contact his or her stated securities law administrator.

© Copyright 2019 GW Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy