A credit score is a weighted number computed to determine your credit worthiness, and is relevant when arranging for credit or a loan. This tag is to be used for questions related to understanding how things would impact your credit score. Related tags are credit-history, credit-rating and credit-...

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Can you explain why these items are considered negatives on my credit report?

I just used 'Clear Score' to find out my credit rating. My score is higher than both the national and local averages, but there are 2 'negative' results shown. Negative (2) Your oldest active ...
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Is opening a new credit card worth the potential impact?

I'm trying to decide whether or not I should open up a second credit card. The primary reason is to have a backup credit card in case my only (and oldest) card is cancelled/eliminated for any reason. ...
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How do credit-builder loans show up on credit reports?

To boost folks' credit scores, a financial product called a credit-builder loan provides a loan of cash that borrowers can't spend, which is paid off a bit each month. The primary effect (and benefit)...
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Advice For an 18 Year Old [duplicate]

I just turned 18. I have a bank checking account and I'm thinking of starting a Roth IRA with some of the money I am earning this summer. I have a credit card linked to my parents account (I use this ...
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First Credit Card with History

I'm wondering if I should worry about getting a credit card. I have a history, from student loans, which my banking app tells me is "good". Whenever I look at it it fluctuates between 680 and 710. ...
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What is a “retail revolving account,” and does it improve my credit score?

This answer and question refer to "retail revolving account". What is a retail revolving account? How is it different than a "general" credit card from a bank? Is it beneficial to have cards ...
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Will cibil score increase if I file ITR?

I have low cibil score. still i ddint file ITR. Will cibil score increase if I file ITR?
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Are credit cards not viewed as credit until you miss one payment?

I have recently been trying to improve my credit score in hopes of getting a good/better mortgage here in a few months when I become a first time home buyer. My father has been helping me by doing ...
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How to build credit score as fast as possible [duplicate]

I am looking for details on how to build and raise credit score as fast as possible. I have done some research already, but I am foggy on a few points. Details about me and my financial situation ...
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About to pay off car loan, how to maintain credit score?

I will soon be finishing paying off my car loan (yay!). This will be paid off with what is a normal monthly payment, not a large sum I'm throwing at the loan, so stretching the loan out longer (if I ...
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How is possible for a prepaid credit card to help your credit score?

My brother is moving to the UK next month, he has no history in this country as he has been born abroad and never lived in the UK in spite of being a British citizen. I would like to help him build ...
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Should I communicate with a collections agency to dispute a claim after it's been deleted from my credit report?

A little over a month ago, I received a voicemail from a debt collections agency stating that they wanted to collect on $200 from an apartment complex that I moved out of 6 months earlier. I assumed ...
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Credit influence of transferring debt to new account

I understand that the age of my accounts has an impact on my credit score. My oldest account, by a wide margin, is my federal student loan. I'm hoping to minimize my payments in size and/or how long I ...
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Double reported account closure, no credit history

I'm part of a credit union. I thought I had set up monthly automatic payments from my checking account to my credit card for the monthly fee ($25 each month). Through some way or another, that didn't ...
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Automatic transaction on credit card to stay active

I have 4 credit cards. I use 3 of them frequently for individual purposes as they offer different cash back for different things. However there is one that I rarely use. Is there a way to set up ...
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0% APR first 12 months on new credit card. Can I exceed that 30% rule of thumb and not hurt my credit score?

I opened a credit card account about two months ago, hoping to start building credit. Fortunately, I was approved for a regular credit card, not a secured one. I was informed by the person at the bank ...
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Is there any reason not to get pre-qualified for a mortgage?

I'm considering buying a house, but I'm very early in the process so I don't want to commit to anything yet. I noticed that my bank (USAA) has an option for mortgage pre-qualification, and I'm curious ...
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Credit score just tanked ~50 points and I'm not sure why

I check my credit score monthly using a credit tracking app provided by my credit card company. I use a reminder to check on the same day each month, and have been tracking my credit score for almost ...
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Applying For New Line Of Credit While Credit Is Frozen

I'm wondering about the implications (if any) of applying for a new line of credit while my credit is frozen with the three main reporting agencies. My understanding is that the new line of credit ...
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Does transferring credit card providers affect your credit score?

I know that part of your credit score is the "average age of lines of credit". However, I'm not sure how the credit agencies determine what a particular "line of credit" is. To be specific, my bank ...
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Is it ever a good idea to close credit cards?

I have a bunch of credit cards with no balance, while others have fairly high balances. I'd like to close the 0 balance cards, but I know that will reduce my overall balance and hurt my credit rating, ...
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Does a SIM only cell phone contract help credit rating?

I have been told that cell phone contracts are sometimes a way to improve one's credit score. This makes sense to me as a phone contract involves a commitment to pay monies at a regular interval, ...
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Taking a small loan to improve Credit Score

Younger me made some horrible financial mistakes. Now as the idea of a house loan is not a far distance fantasy anymore, I think about how to improve the score. I already read several sources to ...
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Credit limit and regular payments

I have 3 credit cards with a total credit limit of $5,100. I pay my credits every week on Monday. I spend more than my credit limit every month BUT I never spend more than 50% of my credit limit every ...
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High credit utilization, some high interest - but credit score not overly bad. How to attack debt in this situation?

I presently have: Credit Card, £2250 balance, interest rate of 17.43% Credit Card, £1500 balance, interest rate of 39.9% (3.5% min payment) Credit Card, £2400, interest rate of 34% Overdraft of £...
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Credit score in UK for foreigners

I've been living in the UK for 5 years and I've been working in here for 3 years. Although my credit score is in good condition now as I set some regular debit card payments; according to experian, I ...
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Holding Multiple Credit Cards. Does the credit limits add up and work together? [duplicate]

So lets say I have the following credit cards with the following limits: $1,500 $8,500 $9,000 If they all sat at 0 usage, and I was to charge one of them at say $3000 and let that sit on 0% APR ...
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Making a big purchase over $2500. I have the money to cover it. Should I get a loan or just place it on credit?

I am planning to make a big purchase. I have the money in savings to cover it, but I don't want to drop $2500 all at once if I can avoid it. I have a credit card with a $9000 limit, but I know that ...
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Getting a credit card exclusively for the sign-up bonus

There are quite a few credit cards with exceptional sign-up bonuses (and then fairly average terms). If I signed up for one, fulfilled the spending conditions for the signup bonus, used that bonus, ...
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Can an authorized user of a credit card build their credits from using the card [duplicate]

I have a few years' credit history, and most of the time a FICO score of 780 to 820. I believe my spouse never had any credit accounts. If I add her as an authorized user of one of my credit cards, ...
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Is keeping a credit card with a fee open worth the positive impact on credit score? (due to age of account)

I have recently paid off my credit cards and would like to close most of them. I have six cards total, three of which are no-brainers to close. The newest card (less then one month old) has quite a ...
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Paying credit card bill in segments — good, bad, or neutral?

So I prefer to keep total utilization under 25%, and I am at around 20% now. I thought that, since I don't have a due date until next month, I could pay the bill in pieces, little by little, and ...
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Using credit card near the closing date

Say my closing date is on April 28. and I currently have $0 balance. Is it ok to use the credit to buy something around today (April 24)? Or should I keep my $0 balance until the next closing date and ...
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Canceling a heavily used Credit Card to pick up a new one

I've heard people say if you cancel a credit card it hurts your credit score... not sure how true that is. Anyway... I have a credit card with a $8500 limit that I push a good $2000+ through a month ...
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Lost credit card replaced with new card and new numbers. Credit score affected?

I recently left my credit card at a bar so I reported it as lost to my bank, and my bank said I will get a replacement within a few days. For what it's worth, I picked my card up from the bar a few ...
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Can I maximize my credit card rewards and keep a low utilization?

I have seen that low utilization is key to keeping or improving my credit score. My question is more in line with credit limit, cash back rewards, and ulitilization. If I make a purchase and then ...
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I owe a small amount on a credit card. Is it better for my credit rating to pay it off right away or to make monthly payments?

On one of my cards (one that I don't really use), I have a balance of $70. If I do nothing, it will pay itself off over the next few months. (It's set to automatically make the minimum payment on ...
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Why does my 1.5 years old credit card not appear on my credit report?

I tried to buy my credit score on Equifax but it wouldn't let me buy it but told me I can purchase a report for $15 instead of the $25 one required for my rental application. So in the $15 one it was ...
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Can you have negative credit utilization? How would it appear on your report and affect your score?

I know from this answer that having 1% utilization is better than 0%, but what about -1%? Is this even possible? Every time I make a charge with my credit card, I pull up my bank's app and pay it ...
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Can putting someone else's Social Security Number on my credit cards hurt my credit score?

First of all, the other person would not get the physical cards (I would get the second card with their name, but destroy them upon receipt), so the balances should be safe. However, I'm unsure if ...
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How much will a short sale on your home hurt your credit?

This answer says: Short sale or foreclose and kill your credit for a few years. And that made me curious - how badly does a short sale or foreclosure hurt your credit, and for how long?
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How will getting a second credit card from another bank impact my credit score?

I am almost 20 and have had a credit card since I was 18, I was working (officially) since I got my chequing account in early teens. I have been with TD Canada Trust ever since (Canada). Now I want to ...
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Using credit after statement issued — but paying in full?

If I get a statement with $10 on it, but charge 2 more after that it's no longer the same statement -- but if I still pay the $12 on it in the grace period I am still not charged interest. My ...
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If I pay my credit card bill before the company reports it, will they always report zero? [duplicate]

If I spend 20 and pay back that 20 instantly after using it, will the credit card company state that I spent 20 and paid 20 back (to the bureaus), if I paid that amount before they reported it? ...
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Will the AMEX to CitiBank portfolio sale affect my credit score?

I've had my Costco-branded American Express credit card for 12+ years. CitiBank will be purchasing the portfolio from AMEX in line with their new deal with Costco. Assuming no hard credit pull and no ...
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If I pay my credit card balance immediately, will my credit score still go up fast?

I heard that it's good to have a balance because then the bureaus report that balance -- if you pay it off before they report it, they report zero. Since you want the bureaus to know that you use ...
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Credit score and paying my balance before the closing date?

If I pay my balance before the closing date, my balance goes to zero and that is what is reported to the bureaus. Given so, would that hardly affect credit? I want my credit to go up as fast as ...
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Establishing $10K line of personal credit with minimal interest from zero credit score

I am a fresh expat from the UK, having recently moved to California. Working as a Sole proprietor, I'm providing software contract services across San Francisco. This business has significantly ...
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USA: Build credit score with second credit card - no history

I am new to the U.S. and therefore have no credit history at all. I am employed here and my salary is good. I want to build credit history and therefore opened a secured credit card which I use ...
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At what point does applying for more credit cause your score to rise faster than if you do not?

They say that the number (and diversity) of accounts tends have a positive impact on your credit score. However, to acquire such accounts, one must suffer hard inquiries against your report. ...