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 ...

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Credit score dropped because my balance decreased

I paid $25 on one card, which decreased the balance to $0. I immediately lost 13 points on my Equifax report from paying this $25 balance according to MyFICO. Why? I use the card regularly, but I ...
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How Often Should I Chase a Credit Card Signup Bonus?

I put as much of my spending on credit cards as I can, to collect the cashback rewards. I see a lot of credit card offers that have a signup bonus--I've taken advantage of several of these offers in ...
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What is a good plan for checking credit score/report monthly?

I would like to monitor my credit score/report on a monthly basis (to make sure nobody is opening credit cards in my name or other fraudulent activities). I remember hearing that too many requests ...
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Are auto loan monthly payments a fixed amount or a percentage of the principle remaining?

Are auto loan monthly payments a fixed amount or a percentage of the principle remaining? That is on a 20k loan at 2% interest for 60mo, can I pay off 19,900 of it (the first month) and still make a ...
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How many new addresses are “bad” on a credit report

I've heard that moving around a lot and changing addresses broadcasts instability on credit reports, and anecdotally, on credit scores too. Can anyone quantify this for me, thanks. ie. How much is ...
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Can someone intentionally hurt your credit score?

I know that if someone does a "hard" view of your credit score, it will lower by a bit. So what is stopping a malicious person/organization from illegally viewing your score a thousand times just to ...
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Preserving DTI ratio between mortgage pre-approval and closing

I am in the process of buying a house in the US. I have had an offer accepted and have pre-approval from a lender for a conventional/conforming loan at the maximum debt to income (DTI) that they are ...
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A credit report is a soft inquiry. Is a “credit score report” a hard inquiry?

On Experian's website (and, I imagine, the other two bureau sites) we have the option to obtain a credit report and a credit score report. The credit report is the report that we can get through ...
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How can certain credit card payment patterns affect my credit score?

My bank allows me to pay off any portion of balance at any time, even if I have not received my statement for those purchases yet. I'm wondering if the frequency, amount, or way that I pay off my ...
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How can I significantly increase my credit score using cash?

I would like to improve my credit score^ by throwing money at it rather than by waiting several more years for a ding to disappear from it. I've read several good questions and answers here about ...
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Should I open a credit card when I turn 18 just to start a credit score?

I spend about $20-30 a week on my debit card, with periodic $200-300 purchases every few months. I've thought about getting a credit card the moment I turn 18 and using it to buy everything, then ...
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Advice for applying for new credit with no history to lose

I have had a credit history for all of 7 months, and so I only recently (hypothetically) got a credit score. Now I would like to add a small loan and some better sources of credit to my wallet, and ...
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Is the Amazon credit card reported to the credit agencies?

Is the Amazon Store credit card reported to the credit agencies? I'd like to know if a good payment history with this card will affect credit score or not.
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Credit rating in Germany

A multitude of questions address the issue of credit ratings and FICO scores in the US and other countries. I am however specifically asking how credit scores (SCHUFA) work in Germany. From various ...
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Achieving ideal credit card utilization above 0%

So everyone is aware of the general rule that you should keep credit card utilization below 30% of your credit limit. It's also a good idea to keep this utilization above 0%. It's very easy to stay ...
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Paying Credit Card statement amount in full on due date and using it in the same day

I have this question. I paid my Credit Card statement amount yesterday in full (which I always do), on due date. Its an online transfer. Immediately after an hour (before the transaction is even ...
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Do the credit bureaus have 14 or 30 days mortgage rate shopping window ?

I got prequalified 15 days ago. Now, I am planning to get prequalified with other lenders to compare the rates, and get a better deal with my mortgage APR rate. However, I'm worried that the credit ...
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How can I find out the credit rating of a company

I have shares in RIOCAN (REI.UN.TO) and I am wondering if it is possible to lookup the credit rating of this company? I only found this one but it seems like an old one, I cannot tell the date: ...
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Can I use prepaid cards to minimize damage of credit fraud

I'm interested in using prepaid cards as a way to minimize the damage that I might sustain if (for instance) a major retail company is hacked and my credit card information is stolen. Does the ...
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Can I preemptively pay my credit card bill before a charge is posted?

Today, I paid a $1000 bill with a credit card that has a $1500 credit limit. (Note, I have changed the numbers slightly here, but the ratios are roughly correct.) The bill has not yet been posted to ...
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Credit Limit Increase without asking = credit inquiry?

If my credit card company raises my credit without my input (meaning - I did not request the credit limit increase), does it result in a hard credit inquiry?
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How can a Canadian establish US credit score

I don't have a SSN or US address. I would like to start establishing a credit score in US. What are my options? What is the fastest way?
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Soft Inquiry vs Hard Inquiry

For the following scenarios, I was informed that there'll be a soft inquiry involved Opening a Checking account at a credit union Requesting a Credit limit increase on a Credit card Signing up for ...
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Can you dispute a negative credit reporting?

I have an above average credit rating and am very responsible with any payments that need to be made. After moving out of my last apartment, I paid all of the rent and never received another bill for ...
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Credit increase hurt loan chances?

Objectives: Continue to purchase 1-2 rental properties a year Keep enough revolving credit for large emergency's Continue to pay off credit balance each month in order to avoid interest charges. ...
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Car loan - Hard inquiry and credit score hit

I recently purchased a new car. Total outdoor price is 20K. I paid 6K and financed the rest. Before I walked into the dealership, I had a preapproved loan from the only bank I applied. It was around ...
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What is the full formula for calculating a FICO 9 credit score?

I'm familiar with the percentage breakdown of how a credit score is calculated. I'm wondering what is the exact formula is that can be used to come up with a point value based on specific input ...
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How to bump up my credit for buying a house in a year (open another card or not)

Here's a rough breakdown of my non detailed credit report. I want to buy a house well condo in a year. I am in the 28% tax bracket. I have 20% or more down to avoid PMI. My question is this ...
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Estimating rates on potential loans without officially applying

Is there any way to estimate the rates on a potential loan without applying? I'm thinking of some calculator that takes into account: Loan type (auto/revolving/installment/mortgage/etc) Your income ...
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Soft Loan using a 0% APR credit Card

I am getting a new Student Credit Card . It has as 0% Intro APR for 18 months. The credit card company is ready to loan me money, which I can repay in 18 months at 0% APR. With this loan money I ...
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Is there a catch in applying for a credit card with the first year free, then cancelling before paying for the 2nd year?

There are a lot of cards with very tempting bonuses and rewards which include the first year annual fee waived. The thing is, I want to take advantage of the specific benefits and then bail out when ...
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How to build a U.S. credit history as a worker on a visa?

I am 30 and looking serious at moving to the United States to take a lucrative (career wise) job. Assuming I get the job offer and accept it, how can I go about getting credit in the US? I am from ...
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Differing Credit Scores [duplicate]

I have gotten into checking my credit scores recently. I have it setup to check once a month on mint, and I also check it about once a week on credit Karma. Today I noticed a discrepency. On my ...
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Auto Loan just to improve already excellent credit

My credit score is pretty close to 800 (around 780 IIRC). I'd like to do what I can to push it over the line. Loan diversity looks to be the best option. I'll be buying a car soon, and could pay ...
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How to troubleshoot identity verification issue when requesting credit report?

I have a long credit history (slightly more than 2 years) and so far I have no success in requesting my free credit report. There is a small caveat, I am successfully able to verify my identity at one ...
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Do “Instant Approved” credit card inquires appear on credit report?

I have a very good credit score (just shy of excellent) and I wanted to purchase a fairly pricey item on Amazon. They have a couple of decent credit card offers, one with Chase that gives you $70 ...
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What is the difference between the closing date and due date for a credit card?

I just got my first credit card ever to begin building a credit. I got the chase credit card called Freedom. I have heard so many stories of credit cards that I got a little scared and that is why ...
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How can I judge loan availability?

I want to apply for home loan ( I am from India ). But I did not know If I am qualified for loan or not. Previous history is that I already have a home loan for a property through my family. That ...
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Equifax credit score discrepancy in 1 month, why?

I just went to Citi Bank's website (which gives free FICO scores from Equifax for users of some credit cards) and I realized that the score I saw there was a whopping ~50 points higher than the number ...
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Does it affect our credit score if we refinance one mortgage and apply for a new one within a short span?

We're considering moving from our current home by purchasing a new one prior to selling the old one. However, we refinanced the loan on our current home less than a full year ago (approx 9 months ...
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Defaulting on early termination charges out of a phone contract

I was wondering what the consequences are: is your credit history ruined, or merely dinged? Is the blow recoverable? Can the carrier try to get the money back in court? I assume you'll wind up ...
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What is the best credit card for someone with no credit history

A little background, I've never had a credit card and I'm seriously due for a credit check as I've never had one. I've applied to numerous credit cards and I've been declined every time. I hold a ...
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Should I try to get an old late credit card payment removed?

I have a Capital One credit card that had a "$40 Maximum Delinquency of 30 days in 2011". It was paid after 30 days in 2011 and was a simple mistake from an annual auto renew charge for a website ...
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Will being added as an authorized CC user help or hurt in the short term?

I have a Fico score of 700. My spouse has a Fico score of 780. We are applying for a new home mortgage during the next couple of months. If I get added as an authorized user to one of her credit card ...
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How soon (after your first credit card statement ever) do you get a credit file/history in Canada?

How many days after your first credit card statement EVER does one get a credit report on file with one of the two Canadian bureaus? I'm trying to develop Canadian credit on my first credit card and I ...
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How to increase my credit score

I have a bank account in UK since 9 months ago, and just have a debit card, didn't buy anything with credit before. I have a pay monthly mobile sim card, Today I went to buy a new mobile with pay ...
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Paying off debts

My debt got sold off to a 3rd party. Do I get in contact with the original lender to pay the debt off? The other debts were with an ISP I once used. But think it has been classed as default. Found ...
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Should I update my address tied to an old bank account if I'm planning to move again in a couple of months?

I have just realised an old bank account of mine (overdrawn, making irregular payments to counter the interest while I focus on higher priority debts) still has my old address. It's been three years ...
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Applied for loans but chosen not to take them, will this look like I was refused?

So I applied for several loans to buy a car, trying to take advantage of the low interest rates at the moment. All of them came back with higher interest rates than were advertised. I've subsequently ...
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Value of credit score if you never plan to borrow again?

What is the value of a good credit score if the person is so financially independent (AKA wealthy) to the extent of not ever needing to borrow money again in the form of a mortgage, car loan or credit ...