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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how does a new credit card impact my credit score?

I took a new credit card 2 weeks back and now I saw an exciting offer for a new travel credit card. I know there is definitely an impact because of the hard inquiry but would it impact the score in ...
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My credit score has been erased. What happened?

In 2006, I bought my first car with a loan. In 2008, facing a number of emergencies, I took out a credit card and maxed it out. I worked hard not to miss a single payment on either and to pay off the ...
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Creditscore dropped drastically

I am new to this community and hoping to get some answers from the knowledgeable crowd here. I have recently started using Transunion Credit monitoring. Last month my score dropped almost 80 points. ...
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Credit limit decrease in order to get a credit limit increase?

I just opened a new credit card because it gives me better cash back on the things that I purchase. However, it has a credit limit that is only 1/3 of that of my existing card. Just before I got the ...
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will using credit card a lot help building credit score?

I have a credit card with a very low limit, which I finish regularly in a very limited time. will using it to the limit and pay the balance several time per one statement help to build the credit ...
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For the purposes of building credit, does dividing up a loan help?

I want to enhance my credit with share secured loans (I'm a member of a credit union). All else being equal, will paying off 5 $200 loans give my credit score more of a boost than one $1000 loan?
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Can I pay $20 on my credit card daily?

Here's the scenario, I'm new to credit card and I'm a college student. I need to buy laptop for Fall Semester and my credit card limit is $800. The laptop that I want to buy is $700. If I purchase the ...
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How long do unpaid bills remain visible on credit report?

If one has an unpaid bill from a non-credit institution, such as a gym or a doctor's office, how long does that stay visible on the credit report?
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Will paying off my mortage quickly harm my chances in the future?

I'm currently nearing the end of the first year of my new 25-year mortgage, which is a five-year fixed plan at 3.39%. As it stands, I can make overpayments of up to 10% of the original loan every year ...
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Optimal number of credit cards for a given length of credit history

I'm a graduate student in the US since Fall 2013. While I started working at my university the same year, I applied for my first credit card(Discover it) only during March 2014. After about 6 ...
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How long does an account stay 'open' on your credit report

A few years ago I had very little credit history and my parents agreed to put me as an authorized user of their cards to help build my credit. I've since built my credit significantly and my parents ...
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If I take out a cash advance, how exactly do I get charged and does it hurt my credit?

I'm in a situation where I need $2500 (USD) in cash (for a money order/cashier's cheque). I'm considering taking out a cash advance on my new US credit card. My credit card agreement says the "APR" ...
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Default on credit report

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a situation that is giving me a lot of trouble at the minute? Back in 2011, I took a credit card with Vanquis Bank. Being young and silly, I didn't really ...
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Will moving my debt from one credit card to another affect my credit score?

I have a card that is 50% used with 7% interest. The max credit limit on the card is $10,000, and I used $5000. I have another card that is $14,000 and I have $2900 used, but the interest is 14.9%. I ...
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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 ...