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U.S. economic recession shifted FICO credit scores

Jeremy Simon

It’s no shock that during the devastating economic downturn, a lot of people went from good credit to bad, as job losses and foreclosures took their toll. But here’s a surprise: According to FICO data, the number of people with excellent credit didn’t fall during the recession — it grew.

“Many people seem to think that everyone’s FICO score must be down these days. However scores have moved in both directions,” says Rachel Bell, senior director of global scoring solutions for FICO.

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Emily’s list: The top 10 this week, ‘Saved by the Bell’ edition

Emily Crone

Today marks Mario Lopez’s 35th birthday. While the actor has played roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Pacific Blue,” he will always be remembered best as the hunky jock A.C. Slater on “Saved by the Bell.” In honor of Mario’s birthday, this Friday’s roundup celebrates that show, which is a favorite among those of us who grew up in the 1990s.
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