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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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 ...
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When is credit card utilization calculated?

I'm confused on how and when credit card utilization is calculated for one's credit score. Is the credit card utilization percentage calculated based on the maximum balance you had in a given month? ...
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What impact does trading in a car have on your credit score?

The situation: The term length of your auto financing is 36 months. You decide to trade your vehicle in after 12 months of ownership. You trade in your current vehicle and take out another loan for a ...
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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally effecting credit rating/chance of getting said loan?

I've found myself stuck in a quandary. I put a deposit down on a car and I'm trying to obtain a personal loan based on this. The problem is that I'm finding that despite passing all initial checks ...
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consolidate credit monitoring

I'm trying to piece together the best way to monitor my credit. I've recieved notices relating to several breaches over the past year (Home Depot and Target I believe) which entitled me to a certain ...
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To prevent credit score decreases, what are the optimal frequency and number of credit card applications in Canada?

The bolded seems anecdotal; is there any official source? http://www.moneysense.ca/debt/know-your-credit-score: While you can check your own credit as many times as you’d like, others can only ...
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Pay for a cheap car or take out a loan?

I have $2,000 in total in my savings account for a car but I am starting a better paying job in three months and I will need a car to get to it. At the moment, I am biking to my current job. I am just ...
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HAMP enrollment and side effects

I am in the process of getting enrolled in the Home Affordable Modification Program through my bank to lower my mortgage payment, which is high because I got my house back in 2007 and haven't ...
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Does APR also depends on credit score?

I know that a good credit score means access to higher credit limits, but how the APR is affected? While I always pay off the whole balance on my credit card, but I am interested in lower APR, because ...
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Building credit history as a young foreigner

I moved to the US for college, and have decided to stay in the Bay Area. As soon as I found my first internship, I applied for a credit card. Currently, I have 3 credit cards, and the oldest card is ...
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FICO score provided by discover card legit?

Recently Discover Card has started putting a FICO score on my statements. I was wondering how accurate this score is. Is it an approximation or accurate? What would be other ways (free/paid) to ...
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Is it safe to use credit Karma?

Is that safe to share my credit information with credit Karma, to have my credit score? How they use this information?
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Can cancelling of the newly opened credit cards increase a credit score?

I used to have 5 credit cards in excellent standing : no late payments, credit card utilization < 10%, average age of 0.75 years, total credit line $12K, FICO credit score 725 Last month I got ...
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How can I take out a personal loan as a minor with a co-signer other than my parents?

I'm currently in the process of buying a truck worth $8,000. The seller will only hold the truck for me for a week. It is a private party selling the truck (through craigslist) I currently own a ...
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Does not having the full (good) payment history on report negatively affect me?

I've had my credit card since 2006. My credit-report reports the following: Status: Open/Never late. Date Opened: 06/2006 Reported Since: 06/2011 Date of Status: 09/2014 Last Reported: 09/2014 ...
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Does being on the board of a bankruptcy-declaring company affect my credit rating?

If I am on the managing board of a company which declares bankruptcy, will it affect my personal credit rating? I am particularly interested in Western Australia.
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Better to get loan from finance company or bank considering the drop of credit score?

I want to know if there's a difference between getting personal loan from a finance company or a bank, considering the drop of credit score/grade (assume all other aspects are exactly the same)? I've ...
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How is Average Length of Credit determined by the Credit Agencies?

Say I get 10 credit cards in one day and hold them for 10 years. My Average Length of Credit is 10 years. Say at that point I open and close a credit card in 0.1 year. Is my Average Length of Credit ...
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Balance transfer from Wells Fargo to Chase

I have had a Wells Fargo Credit Card for about 3 years with a limit of $3100 and a chase bank credit card since January with a limit of $3000. Wells Fargo is charging me close to 13% and chase has its ...
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Urgent advice on used car purchase nightmare

I purchased a used vehicle almost 2 years ago and it was breaking down so i decided to turn it in. I was pre-approved through my credit union for $20,000 at 100%. My current loan is upside down by ...
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What effect does a high credit line have on a mortgage?

I have received a letter from my credit card company increasing my credit line and when I spoke about this with a co-worker, they told me that I should request that the company does not increase my ...
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Should I pay half a large balance this month before I get my CC statement?

I have a CC with $6k limit. I normally spend between $0 and $1k on it and pay the balance in full every month. This month I have $4k on it. If I wait until I get a statement to pay it off, will the ...
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Can everybody affect your credit score?

I have been screwed over paying too much for my public transport a few times. The last 3 weeks they have auto topupped me with a disabled credit card, so now it evens out. I use a UK Blue Oyster Card ...
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Is credit score an international thing?

I have moved from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom and credit score is a big thing here, while afaik there is no such thing in the Netherlands. Will a positive or negative credit score in the ...
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What mix of credit lines and loans is optimal for my credit score?

Mint.com just told me my credit score. It says in the advice section: Try to have a good mix of credit lines open. Creditors like to see that you have both loans and credit cards. If you're low ...
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Knowing the bad credit (for loans) in Austria (KSV and similar)

In Italy there is a good service (to be payed about 30€) which access to the information owned by this databases though an easy interface. http://www.mistercredit.it/ Of course you can also have the ...
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What is too much credit utilization on credit card?

Is credit utilization looked by card or total credit? Say I have three credit cards with the following utilizations: Card A Limit: $30000 Balance: $25000 Utilization: 83% Card B Limit: $20000 ...
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Will not using a credit card affect my credit score?

I'm keep receiving the messages such as: We notice you aren't using your X Card. Call X for a PIN, ... Or X for a new card. So the question is, how Credit Card inactivity impacts my credit ...
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Do credit checks affect credit scores?

I've heard what I believe to be a myth surrounding credit scores being affected by companies (loan, mortgage etc.) checking your file. I used to have an experian account, and I noticed quite a few ...
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Raising My Credit Score as a Student

I'm still a student, and I: 1) Have been lucky enough to get a scholarship through my schooling and do not have student loans. 2) I currently live in a city without the need for a car (and actually, ...
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Does your total credit limit or debt affect how much new credit you will receive?

Say a friend of mine owns 10 credit cards with a total credit limit of $100,000 with total CC debt of $10,000. Does the total credit limit affect how much new credit will be approved? Does CC debt ...
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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 ...