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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Why was my Credit Limit Increase Denied?

I applied for a credit line increase from Capital One a few weeks ago. A few days ago I got a letter indicated that the increase request was rejected. The two reasons stated were: Primary ...
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Should my credit report be empty

It seems my credit report is empty. When going to annualcreditreport.com, Experian and Equifax both give me generic errors saying my request can't be completed, and TransUnion gives me a report that ...
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Unpaid medical bill - Collection Notice

I do not have any debt in the past 10 years in US. I have good credit score 715+. This has been the case from the beginning. Of late, I had a minor medical emergency and my insurance paid some amount ...
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Capital One Free Credit Report - Effect on Credit Score

I have a Capital One credit card. As part of their online services, they offer free credit score requests. I recently began using that service, up to twice or thrice per month. Capital One ...
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Is there a downside to applying for several credit cards for rewards?

Qantas offers several bonuses (mostly frequent flyer points) for applying for some credit card programs and spending X amount within Y months with that card. Most of these cards have annual fees. I ...
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Will canceling one of my CapOne credit cards hurt my credit score?

I have 2 CapOne credit cards, they show up as 1 account with both their credit limits combined on my credit report. My question is; Could I cancel one of those cards and apply for a better rewards ...
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Can a company run a credit check on me without my permission?

I understand that sometimes when dealing with companies over the phone or over the counter, they need to run a credit check. I would have thought that as a courtesy they would at least tell you this ...
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22 year old with about $3300 in collections, should I pay it all at once or in payments to improve credit score?

I have got about about $3300 in collection. $1400 is from getting evicted about $400 is from a time I over drafted a checking account and the rest is medical bills. Now I also have a auto loan for ...
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Amex Backdating

Reading recently online I have discovered many people talking about Amex "Backdating". Apparently when you open a new card with American Express, they report the age of the account as the same age ...
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Equifax credit report insurance quotations

I have just ordered a credit report from equifax. The credit report shows up all healthy except for a large number of (genuine) 'insurance quotations'. These are car insurance quotations that I have ...
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How long will defect remain in credit history?

I have read this question/answer that suggests that it takes 7 years for items to clear from a credit file. Is this the same in the UK? And in the meantime, if I have late payments showing on my ...
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Applying for a mortgage with multiple lendors in a 2 week period

I've just submitted an online application with a lender for a new home mortgage. I know that this lender pulls all of the 3 reports (EQ, EX, TU) and not FICO. Wondering if I shop around and also ...
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What to do about infrequent false credit judement?

Over the last couple of years I have infrequently had a false credit judgement held against me. Over a year ago I attempted to get a Car loan through a bank and they wouldn not give me the loan due ...
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Why is a US credit score based on credit utilization?

As a European citizen I am somewhat puzzled by how American credit scores work. The US is one of the few, possibly the only country where such a strong focus is put on the utilization history of ...
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Does paying bills or shopping with a credit card build credit better?

Okay, so the only reason I got a credit card was to build credit; Right now I use my credit card 3 times per month to buy gas, then I pay it off as soon as the bill is due. Would it make any ...
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Does it make sense to check your credit score before applying for a first credit card?

Should someone that has never had a credit card before check his/her credit score before applying?
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Using a secured credit card to build a credit score for a new permanent resident

I am a new permanent resident in the US (originally from the Netherlands) and married to an American citizen. I am not used to the credit score system as they use it in the US, so this is all new to ...
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How do I deal with a clinic billing mistake that was sent to collections?

Recently I created a CreditKarma.com account so that I can keep and eye on my credit. Upon logging in, I noticed I have a pretty low score (not that surprising since I just opened my first credit ...
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How does a FICO score start out?

Right now I have 0 credit since I've never had a credit card before, I recently applied for a credit card and got approved so I can start building my credit. I hear that 500-600 is considered very ...
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How much will 3 hard inquiries effect my credit score?

I recently started to build credit, I applied for a CapitalOne card and got approved, about a month earlier I saw the option for Bill-me-Later on eBay, so I had checked if I was eligible, but I ...
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If I want a Credit Card offered through a different Credit Union should I slowly transition my banking to that CU?

The first bank, and subsequent credit card, I got was while in College. Its a small Credit Union that I only bank with now through Shared Branches. It works for me though and my credit score is ...
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Old Cancelled Cards

I was living abroad during the credit crisis, and a few of my credit cards were cancelled for non-use during the crunch to tighten credit. As a result, I have one older account and several newer ...
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Does using savings to pay off debt in bulk look bad on one's credit report?

I have my house deposit, which is pretty much exactly the amount of debt I am in. If I pay off all my debt in one hit, will it look bad on my credit report, or if a bank looks at it and thinks a ...
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Paying for things on credit and immediately paying them off: any help for credit rating?

So I have a big purchase that I have saved up for; I have all the money I need for it. I also have just about zero credit history; I have never had need for it. I recently got my first credit card ...
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Keeping your statement balance below ~30% of your credit limit

I read Little Advisor's article How does that thing with the credit cards work, again? According to the article, you should always keep your balance below 30% of your credit limit. However, I just ...
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How can I correct a mistake on my Credit Score?

I recently just looked at my credit score to try to figure out why I may have been rejected for a credit card. While it is not bad (between 700-725) it is not awesome either. When going through an ...
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What is the best use of “spare” money?

Here are some cliff notes about me: 30 years old immigrant (came to the US late 2009), so no established credit (got a $900 credit card with my bank finally last year) No spouse, no children. Just ...
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What loan options are there for minors? [duplicate]

I'm not yet 18, but I have been studying business for quite a while, paper trading, investments, etc. at this point, I'd like to try my hand at building some credit and making some money, but I am ...
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I am under 18 years old, in the US, my parents have terrible credit, how can I take out a loan?

I am under 18, currently shopping for a car. Like many people, I don't have enough money sitting in my bank account to purchase a good car, around $6,000 to $10,000. However, credit checks have ...
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How will my credit score be affected by a large purchase that raises my utilization if I pay it in full?

My Fiance and I realized that we need to start looking for homes and need to be pre-approved for a home loan. My fiance has better credit then I do, but mine is in good standing. We want to make ...
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Credit score getting lower - but I'm doing everything right?

My credit score has dropped considerably in the past year from ~700 - ~600. This is my first credit card so far, and have only used mainly debit in the past. Thing is, I'm not sure why it's ...
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Do lenders usually do multiple credit inquiries only a month apart?

I am in the process of applying for a home mortgage for the first time and something happened that I found a bit odd. Here's the sequence of events: Before talking to any lenders, I get my credit ...
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Any problem if I continuously spend my credit card more than normal people?

I continuously use my credit card for my friends' expenses. Normally I could spend 20~30K USD each month to get more points/cash back. I don't have large credit limits so in most time I'll put cash ...
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Do I build credit at the same rate when my wife and I share a card?

I searched for this question and found a similar one but wasn't able to find the answer to specifically what I'm asking. My wife and I share a credit card. I believe that she's actually the primary ...
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Is my spouse at risk for a joint filing in a year where I have settled a major debt? [closed]

I settled and wrote-off a major debt. This was recorded as 1099-E income. I incurred all of this debt under my name only, and she was not my spouse at the time I got into the debt. She was my ...
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How to improve the late payment score on credit report

I have a question regarding payment history. I am trying to help a friend improve his credit score. My biggest challenge is that my friend has more than 20% in late payments. My question is how to ...
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Figuring out an ideal balance to carry on credit cards [duplicate]

Until recently, I was under the impression that it's bad for your credit history to not pay all bills on time and in full. However, a banker recently told me that it's a good idea to carry a small ...
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Does being added as an authorized user help credit score?

My wife and I both filed bankruptcy 15 months ago, and are slowly getting our credit back. We both got a credit card from Capital One. Does adding each other to the other's card as an authorized ...
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Is it a good idea to get a mortgage when buying a house, for credit reasons?

I'm thinking about buying my first house, and I'm wondering whether I should get a mortgage from a bank or not. This is mostly because I've heard that getting a mortgage is critical part of building ...
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Personal Line of Credit and Credit Utilization rate

Let's say I have a Personal Line of Credit for 20,000. If I use 80% of it, will it have the same effect (on Credit Scores) as that of a Credit Card with 80% utilization?
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How can I have credit cards without having a credit history or credit score?

Is your credit history/score like a criminal record? I mean is it always with you? Also, are there other ways to get credit cards besides with a bank? I want inside my credit score without having a ...
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How is credit-card utilization calculated when you have more than one card?

I know that your credit utilization affects your credit score, but I have a question about how exactly this is calculated. Suppose I have two credit cards: Card A has a credit limit of $1000 and ...
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Effect of early pay off and using again for credit card

I'm using below 30% of available credit and paying off all amount early. What will happen if I use some amount lets say again below 30% and pay it off again before the due date. Does it considered as ...
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How do I find out the recent negative information on my credit score?

I am accessing my Experian credit report from their website. In the summary of my account there is a tab for "Negative Information", where it states that it has been 0.5 Years since the last time ...
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What risks am I taking if my well-off close friend is asking to use my credit to flip a property?

I have very good credit that I've worked hard to obtain. My friend has flipped a few properties and made some good money doing so. He wants to pay me a fee along with any taxes I'll endure if I put a ...
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Myth, or not: If using a secured card to build credit, paying off in part each month has more benefit than paying in full?

Does paying off a secured credit card in full each month not allow me to build a credit history? I'm asking because reading about regular credit cards indicates that paying in full helps build a good ...
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Might I need a credit score to rent, or for any other non-borrowing finances?

I'm moving to Canada soon, and I've read that some people use credit cards for the sole purpose of building up a credit score that they might need. Personally, I consider a system requiring this ...
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How to get 0% financing for a car, with no credit score?

Is it possible to get a 0% interest rate for car loan for a used car in the U.S.? I've been working for 7 months and I just got my first credit card, so I don't have a credit score yet. I'm planning ...
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Effect of debt utilization on FICO score: is it overall, or individual?

I am currently at 42% utilization in overall revolving, credit card debt between three cards. My total credit lines equal $27K. I am looking to buy a house by the end of the year and I am working hard ...
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Home insurance score drastically decreases after car insurance claim?

I noticed something very peculiar on my home insurance. My parents have horrible credit, so last year they purchased a van in my name, with a finance plan. A few months ago, my father was involved in ...