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Keep Your Credit Clean

Protect your personal financial history so that it doesn't become a professional liability.

This story appears in the July 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When it comes to managing your , three little digits wield tremendous power over your future--and as with your cholesterol and your weight, you ignore them at your peril.

That's right. I'm talking about your FICO score, the number that tells -card issuers, mortgage lenders and other consumer finance companies how safe it is to lend you money.

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