Take the 2-minute tour ×
Personal Finance & Money Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who want to be financially literate. It's 100% free, no registration required.

As described in this article from 2005 Capital One has done some shady things in the past in the way they report to credit bureaus. Specifically they don't disclose your credit limit to the credit agencies forcing them to use your highest balance as a proxy in your credit score calculation. If you never charge much on the card it will result in an inaccurate credit utilization ratio that hurts your credit score.

I'd pretty much sworn off using cards from them because of this, but they have a really excellent cash back card that I'm considering now and I want to know if they have changed their practices since 2005 regarding disclosing credit limits to the agencies. Does anyone here know?

share|improve this question
    
Yikes! After reading their "privacy" policy I changed my mind about getting the card. Still interested in the answer though. –  JohnFx Dec 31 '11 at 4:14
    
Nothing comes for free you know. The excellent cash back card included. –  littleadv Dec 31 '11 at 4:42
    
True, but it should at least be free after you stop being a customer. –  JohnFx Dec 31 '11 at 5:18
1  
Closed accounts are reported for a time (7 years?) before falling off the report. –  JoeTaxpayer Dec 31 '11 at 17:07
    
No, the privacy policy says they can share your information with marketing partners even after you close your accounts. –  JohnFx Dec 31 '11 at 19:07

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Yes, they did stop the practice in 2007. See this article from the Seattle Times for reference: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2003820586_harney05.html

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.