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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Buying a car - advice needed

Some bad decisions and/or stupidity during grad school left me with a credit score of 593 and a collection+late payment on my credit report. A month ago my car died and now I need to get another one ...
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Improving credit score by taking on spouse debt, possible?

My wife and I recently purchased a car, during the process I was shocked to learn my credit score was below average (no debt, healthy credit limit and always paid balances in full, good income) while ...
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Will “rate shopping” affect my credit score?

I'm thinking of buying a car but I have a low credit score (649). I have a bank account that I've been using for the past five years so I thought I would apply at that bank first, get a quote and then ...
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What more can I do to improve my credit score?

The earliest history of any credit lines for me is roughly 5 years back. I have 1 credit card, and when I graduated from college I had 7 college loans. I rent my apartment, and pay for ...
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Can signing up at optoutprescreen.com improve my credit score?

I recently discovered optoutprescreen.com, the "official Credit Reporting Industry website" for consumers to opt-out of credit offers. A lot of people recommend signing up there, simply to reduce ...
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Closing unused credit cards: how much will it really hurt?

I have three credit cards, but I only use the newest. I pay it off in full every month, and the two older credit cards haven't seen a single transaction in over a year. None have an annual payment, so ...
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What kind of an impact does moving have on your credit (score)?

Being an international student, the room I rent near campus has been my domestic home address since I came here to study. Now that I am working at a place quite far from campus, I would like to ...
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My credit score took a massive dip. Why?

I checked my credit score today and it took a massive dip compared to one month ago: Ignore the gray line - it's immaterial. Transunion - Green Experian - Blue Equifax - Red I downloaded the ...
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What can I realistically do to raise my credit score?

I have a crappy credit score. My situation in a nutshell: In the divorce, the ex got the home, which was then foreclosed on. My name was still on the mortgage. That was in 2009 or so. I attempted ...
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In the US, will closing a bank account negatively affect your credit score?

In the US, will closing a bank account negatively affect your credit score? I've had it with my bank and I'm thinking of moving my money to a smaller Credit Union. Would this affect my credit score? ...
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Why do lenders do a hard pull when they can do a soft pull instead or are these different reports?

After I was done with my month long credit card applications to establish a credit history, I read and discussed more on how to build a good credit history. During my conversations, I spoke with a ...
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Paying off all your credit cards but one before statement generation date : helpful?

Some people advocate paying off all your credit cards but one before statement generation date, and maintain a utilization of no more than 9% on that card Here is my understanding and information I ...
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How does selling my house affect my credit?

I bought a house 3 years ago. Since then I have made all my payments on time without ever missing a payment. From my understanding, this is good for my credit. I am now selling my house. How will ...
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What is the source of this blog post about maximum credit scores?

So I'm reading up on credit scoring, and I came across this posting: The maximum score held by a U.S consumer is…834. There are consumers in New York, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who ...
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Lost ID and Identity Theft

my wallet was stolen, and the thief used my credit cards, which I now cancelled. In my wallet was also my state ID (what I have instead of a driving license, since I don't drive). How likely is it ...
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Better ask for secured credit card rightaway or risk asking for an unsecured credit card first, the secured credit card later if it does'nt work out?

I had applied to DCU for a share-secured credit card, over the phone, but today I came to know they lost my application! The application number they gave me does not turn up anything and when they ...
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How does a non-uniform utilization across your credit cards affect you?

I have three secured cards with me, one of which gives me rewards for gas and another for online purchases. The third one is a Mastercard - I use that only where my VISA cards do not get accepted. ...
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What happens to my credit card or line of credit if my bank goes bust?

What happens to my credit card or credit line if the bank goes bust? I'm not concerned about the BALANCE on them, I'm concerned about losing an older credit line and its effect on my credit history ...
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What factors are used to calculate one's credit worthiness?

What factors are used to calculate one's credit worthiness? I believe this is a non-localized topic, so I am interested in hearing factors that are used from all over the world. It is possible that ...
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If there's no credit report at one of the three agencies does this affect decisions by creditors to offer me credit?

This is a very naive question, but I don't know much about this. I asked a similar question before, but the emphasis was different. I managed to get a credit report through Experian and Equifax (and ...
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Transunion is “unable to locate credit report.” Should I be concerned?

I've been reviewing my different credit reports (from Experian, Equifax and Transunion). Equifax spelled my name wrong, and it's not extremely clear that I managed to fix that. But that's not the ...
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What is the difference between credit score and debt rating?

Why is it that the credit worthiness of individuals is tracked via 'credit rating (score)' while that of nations (soverign debt) is tracked via 'debt rating'?
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What proactive measures can be taken before or when a lender closes your credit card?

A blogger and contributor here recommended Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) as a possible lender in my search for cash secured credit cards to establish my credit history, and I got approved for one ...
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Is it a bad idea to have 3 secured credit card accounts open?

I initially signed up for a Wells Fargo cash secured credit card, last month, but lately with their changing the ToS and extra fee, I am worried about my choice. People have asked me not to close ...
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How do I lower my debt-to-credit ratio?

I have a debt to credit ratio of 38% on a credit card with a limit of $1000. I thought I did every thing well: I paid on time, I spent moderately. I understand that %38 is bad. What have I been doing ...
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Would consolidating my student loans improve my credit score?

I graduated college a few years ago and have roughly $12,000 in student loan debt left. Even though I make 1 monthly payment, the loan shows up on my credit score as 6 installment loans. When I go to ...
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How does it influence the credit score if the credit card was used in the past, but not in present

If I own a credit card and I used it for a while (say 6 months) and after that I decided to stop using the credit card and use my debit all the time. How will this influence my credit score? Being ...
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When should I walk away from my mortgage?

I bought my home in California in 2006, at the height of the boom. Now I owe $100K more than the home is worth. California is a "no recourse" state; if I stop payments, the bank can take the house ...
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Can I save our credit with a quickie divorce?

I bought a house in 2006, at the height of the boom. Now I owe more than $100K what the home is worth, and considering walking away from my mortgage. (I'm in California, which is a "no recourse" ...
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Disputing negative items on Credit Report?

Call it bad decisions I've made or stupidity, but I've got a pretty messed up credit score of 593 (TU). I found a credit building firm (Lexington Law) and I've signed up for a free trial to see if ...
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Is 0% credit card utilization worse than 1-20% credit card utilization for any reason other than pure statistics?

Much of the information I stumbled accross (including a short article written by an esteemed member of this site) around the internet indicates that having a credit card utilization of 0% is a ...
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Credit rating services have incorrect credit utilization numbers

I have about 6 lines of credit on various credit cards. When I calculate my credit utilization using the sum of my balance across all the credit lines divided by the total amount of credit available ...
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Does getting more credit or credit cards improve your credit score?

I'm reading Ramit Sethi's I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and one of the tips from the first chapter is to apply for more credit card debt. He warns it's only for people like me who carry no credit card ...
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Should I look up my credit report or score before applying for a credit card?

Right now I have two Credit Cards, Amex and a Visa through Wells Fargo. I am planning changing over to Chase Freedom card for their 5% cash back. Part of the sign ups, depending your your credit, can ...
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How to pay off a loan to maximize credit score?

Which is better for your credit score, in terms of paying off a loan? Paying the minimum every month, on time, through the entire period of the loan Paying a certain amount above the minimum every ...
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I want to buy a house in a few years, what should I do now to improve my bad credit?

I have bad credit, score is in the mid 500s, and I have been paying off old debt accounts. There are still a few left to pay, but what I want to know is what will raise my credit score, how much can ...
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Can I cancel a credit card without negatively affecting my credit?

Some background: I have no debt, have never carried a balance on the card, and have never used more than 10-15% of the credit limit per month. I'd much prefer to pay with debit/cash, but I got the ...
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How does one's personal credit history affect one's own company's credit rating?

Quick background: I have no intention whatsoever on actually getting any loan. However, to accept online credit card payments (eg. via Paypal Payments Pro), merchant account providers determine ...
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Are there any consequences to having a negative balance on a credit card?

I have two credit cards, a VISA and a MasterCard. I primarily use my MasterCard and only use my VISA when MC isn't accepted. I went about 18 months without using my VISA (I didn't use it at all in ...
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Is there a website which will let me pull my 3 bureau FICO and not make me sign up for some subscription?

I've read 3 or 4 other posts on here about free credit reports and scores. What I'd like to know is if there's a way for me to get my 3 bureau FICO without having to do some ballet to get a ...
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How closely tied is my credit score to my spouse?

If you and your spouse/life-partner have a joint checking/savings account, and bought a house/car with a joint loan, how closely tied are your credit scores? For example, if one person suddenly took ...
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Effect of going over the credit limit on a credit card to your credit score?

If I have a credit card balance that is over the credit limit, and I don't go under within 30-days, the provider will report the overage to the reporting agencies. If you have generally good credit ...
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What effect will credit card churning for frequent flyer miles have on my credit score?

We've all heard about the people who have tons of credit cards - getting new ones for the sign-up bonus (25 to 50 thousand miles, typically), either never using them or charging minimal amounts and ...
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Should I keep recently opened Credit Cards that I don't use?

After investigating these questions (1 and 2) I am still in doubt in what to do with my current situation. I have many credit cards because over the years I have been given better deals on them. So I ...
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Can it really hurt your credit to pay off things in collections?

I have 4 items in collections according to my credit reports - 2 medical bills totaling $1700, and unpaid traffic ticket for $200, and an old utility bill for $185. I have one credit card that I've ...
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What's a good next step in rebuilding my credit rating?

Here's a summary of my current position: Current credit rating of 600/610 (I think. I'm positive it was in the lower 600's 4 months ago) I've had a card for a year, $500 limit, no late payments, ...
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Will upgrading my credit card affect my credit history length?

Background: I recently graduated from college. I have had a student credit card (Visa) with Wells Fargo since 2008 and it is my only credit card. Obviously, I do not want the history of this card to ...
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I just applied for a credit card. Will I be able to see my credit score number with a decision?

Will I be able to see the actual credit score number the credit card company uses? Or will it just be an accept/reject letter?
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What should my credit limit be?

I have two credit cards (through the same bank). The first I got at age 18, and the 2nd I applied for while in grad school for better rewards. I use credit cards (primarily the more recent one) for ...
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Paid off oldest CC keep it open or close it?

Here is some context, I’m trying to rebuild my credit. I own a House, I’m financing a car and I have 14 credit cards, 4 of the 14 have been paid off within the past 2 months and have a $0 balance the ...