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Which is worse for credit score: Bank closure for inactivity, or consumer closure, of a credit card?

Even if a zero-balance credit card is not used, the account age and available credit limit help a person's credit score. If the person decides they no longer wish to use the card (e.g. due to a ...
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Vehicle Trade-In

An ex-girlfriend and I took out a car together. After breaking up, she decided to trade in the car and get a new one. The dealership sent me a Power of Attorney form to fill out to have our car used ...
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Best possible outcome from paying a charged-off account

I had an auto loan from 2011. All but about 1,800 USD was paid off. Various financial challenges and a dose of me sticking my head firmly in the sand led to the account being charged off. I handled ...
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Should I open a second credit card just to improve my credit score?

I have one credit card, which is the only line of credit that I've ever had. I've never missed a payment, keep my credit utilization ratio reasonably low, and haven't had any other negative impacts on ...
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How long after being denied for a credit card should I wait to apply again?

I live in the US since November 2019 and have been an authorized user on my partner's credit card since then, which resulted in a credit score of 787. I opened my own bank account in October 2020 with ...
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Paying more than your monthly credit card balance?

When is it a good idea to pay more than your monthly credit card balance? When does that help, when is that not worth doing / doesn't do anything? Why is that a good idea? Does that help your credit ...
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Keep secured credit card open?

I am young and want to try to start building credit. The tellers at SunTrust advised that I start with a secured credit card, and eventually I will transfer to an unsecured one. Is the transfer like ...
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Open many credit cards while I am young?

I just turned 19 years old and want to start planning for a future of good credit. Should I open many credit cards now so that in 10 years I will have a good history with many agencies, or is it ...
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Will hard pull affect my credit score even if I don’t currently have one?

Background I’m an international student who is currently on OPT I just received my SSN 2 months ago I have never applied for any credit card at any bank in America I don’t have any student loan or ...
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Does mobile phone account negatively affect credit score?

I generally try and keep my credit utilization on my credit cards as low as possible, by having a high limit, and making payments frequently to keep the balance low. I was looking on my Equifax ...
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Will linking SSN with checking account help build up credit score?

Background: I’m an international student who is currently on F1 OPT. I only have a checking account with a debit card at USbank. I use the debit card very often with no overdraft history. I just ...
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How long does it take for a major payment to influence better terms on credit cards or personal loans?

I have ~$10K in cash "thanks" to way overpaying IRS the previous 2 years. I'm not very good at doing my own taxes, apparently. I can use it to pay off some credit card debt, which is ...
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Can Having Less Debt Lower Your Credit Score?

Background: In preparation to buy my first house I've started keeping an eye on my (Experian FICO) credit score, and I've been seeing behavior that is very strange. After a year of my credit score ...
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Best Buy bait-and-switched me into applying for a credit card, how and when should I cancel it?

I'm buying a new $3,000 fridge from Best Buy and during the check-out, I was offered the opportunity to apply for a store card in exchange for a 10% discount "on first day of purchases". I ...
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How to finance a car when I have credit history but no active credit cards or loans

I paid off 30k of student loans and a 26k car (which I no longer own) years ago, and I had two credit cards at one point, but I foolishly decided I didn't need them and closed both credit cards ...
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Establishing / freezing credit for a new immigrant?

A relative migrated to the US and obtained permanent residence, then citizenship. They'd like to freeze their credit, but they don't yet have any to freeze. Since they now have a social security ...
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Does Mortgage Forbearance affect future refinances?

Assuming my credit score is unaffected, if I were to apply for the mortgage forbearance for people affected by the coronavirus, and then later (say 1 year after the forbearance period is over), if I ...
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What is the effect of closing an account immediately after it is opened?

I applied for a credit card, intending to use an offer for no interest for X months on a purchase from the retailer offering me the card. They accepted the application, but informed me that I couldn't ...
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Is it standard that a mortgage company won't pull your credit report while you're living abroad?

I'm going to be moving back to the states soon after living in Canada full a few years. I called wells Fargo to look into getting a mortgage today, and they told me that they will not pull my credit ...
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Is selling tradelines safe?

I recently learned about selling tradelines. As far as I understand it users with credit cards with long credit histories and large limits sell authorized user positions to people looking to improve ...
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Can prior credit card accounts with a specific bank affect your chances of approval for a future card with the same bank?

I had a Citi Mastercard for several years. About a year ago, I hit a couple bumps in the road and ended up having to settle with a collection agency on the account and it now shows up on my credit ...
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Applied for car loan and got denied: No credit history or no credit file

I am currently looking for a loan to purchase a new vehicle. I just called my bank, and after briefly discussing with them, they said that I can apply to a 2.74% loan. This is the best I have found so ...
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18 year old building credit

I'm 18 and currently my credit score was 524, only because theres an overdue bill of $500 from when I was a minor in my derogatory marks. I have disputed it through credit karma for Tranunion and it ...
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Will Freezing My Credit Score Help Me Hide My Current Address?

I grew up in an abusive household and don't speak to my parents. Recently they found out where I live - very far away from them - and showed up unannounced at my door. I understand my credit report ...
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Change credit card, keep age of credit line?

I have two credit cards that charge fees and have significantly downgraded their value to me. In both cases I would like to switch to no-fee versions of the same card, but I don't want to reduce my ...
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How soon can I close Amazon rewards credit card after opening?

I got the card today for the $70 sign up 'Gift Card', only have 2 other credit cards with $5,000+ limits with $0 balance on both and want to know when I can close the Amazon account. I only spent ....
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Will my credit score go down if I don’t borrow money for few years?

My credit score is relatively high. Due to personal circumstances I don’t intend to use my credit cards for the next 3 years. I won’t be getting any loans either. At the moment I have no debt at all, ...
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When does credit card utilization matter?

I'm learning more about credit before I get a credit card, and I read that it's advised to never use more than 30% of your credit card's limit. Let's say someone has a $2000 credit line and he spends ...
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Can you build credit history without getting a credit cards or taking on debt?

As far as I know I have no credit history as I have never had a loan or credit card. I buy things using a debit card tied to my credit union bank account and prefer not to have a credit card at all. I ...
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Credit score and financing new car

Little bit about my situation- Bought a car with cash about 5 years ago, at the time it was a year old. That car is now a total loss and I’m receiving about 5k for it from my insurance. I’m now in ...
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Medical bill sent straight to collection agency

I was very surprised to receive a letter from a collection agency regarding a medical bill incurred during my wife's pregnancy last year. We never received any correspondence via mail, e-mail, or ...
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first credit card for H1B worker

I see a question Looking to get my first credit card but that seem to focus on students. I have a friend, who just came on H1B with zero credit history. The bank that has the regular account for him/...
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Does it make sense to open a lot of no-fee credit cards to reduce credit utilization?

Within a week of starting to my new job, I am planning to open a lot of (5, maybe more) no-fee credit cards in order to lower my credit utilization. I am not planning to use any of these new cards at ...
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Can I dispute an accidental submission of a credit application?

Can I dispute an accidental submission of a credit application? I left some information out, and a family member submitted a credit card application with out my consent. I was going to apply for a ...
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Does opening a checking account cause a hard credit pull?

I was going to open a new bank account, particularly the Wells Fargo promotion that puts $400 in your account if you meet some direct deposit requirements. I called and asked if they will do a "hard" ...
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Getting an auto credit history without buying a car

I’ve graduated college and got myself a pretty solid engineering job. And think it’s time for a new car. I’m looking at some of the nicer cars in the $100k range. The problem is I’ve never had a ...
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How to monitor for identity theft of minor child

It's important to monitor your own credit for signs of identity theft and for errors, because recovery can be time consuming and expensive. What steps should parents take to monitor their minor ...
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How can I understand historical changes in my credit score?

In October 2018, my wife's transunion credit score blipped down from a consistent 780 to a consistent 680. When I called to complain, Transunion noted that one of her credit cards seems to lag behind ...
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Credit Freeze for Minor Child

I was told that identity theft of a minor's credit is a very sought after goal for thieves. Is it true that credit agencies will offer lines of credit to individuals who are not yet 18? Is there any ...
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Impact on credit score of opening and closing accounts

I'm planning on buying a house sometime in the Winter of 2020 to spring 2021. Currently, my credit score is about 770 and I have the following open credit lines: A 2.5 year old $25,000 Prosper loan ...
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Single late mortgage payment is hurting me a lot

I'm from the US and I've recently applied for HELOC refinancing at a much lower rate (-2.00%), but underwriter has decided to deny the application due to a single late mortgage payment made in Jan ...
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How to appeal or remove the credit check taken on a Lender?

I was working with a car dealer to purchase a car. I realized that , Dealer ran the credit check and applied for a lender which i wasn't aware. I was hoping to get loan from LenderA. But dealer was ...
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Please help me increase my credit score. Take a look

Its been a journey paying off old debts and getting some creditors to wipe the slate clean. Below is my current situation. Any tips/recommendations on which way to go? 2 accounts are closed.
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Should I max out my first credit card in order to build credit if I can pay the balance immediately?

I was just approved for my first credit card. I will be making a large purchase soon which will exceed my credit limit. I could split the purchase between cash/debit card and my new credit card or ...
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Credit Utilization and Score. Early re-payment

I feel like this may result in the same unanswered question but I'm gonna ask it anyway just in case we can get a definitive answer. Does paying off your credit card (before a statement is generated) ...
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Is it actually necessary to notify the big three USA credit reporting agencies, on a death?

Typical advice is to notify Experian (888-397-3742), Equifax (800-685-1111) and TransUnion (800-888-4213) on the death of an individual. However, is this really needed? The banks seem pretty good ...
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Is there a way to authorize release of credit check for a landlord, without revealing actual social security number?

I'm staring at an Apartment Owners Association of California form, for a rental application. I'm perfectly willing to have my credit checked, regarding a rental property. But I'm nervous about giving ...
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Should I remove a closed account in my credit history?

In my country, after a credit account (e.g. credit card, loan, mortgage) is closed, I have the option to request for this account to be removed from my credit history provided that there were no late ...
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How to build a credit history, for a 78 year old with none? Turned down for secured card

I helped a 78 year old neighbor apply for a secured credit card but he was turned down for having "no credit history". He has had no credit cards for 30-40 years, no credit accounts, nothing. On ...
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Does paying off my credit balance before the due date for a lower utilization rate hurt my score?

Last month I opened a cash rewards credit card with Bank of America. I am worried about my credit score, as my first closing date was the end of September. I paid off the balance that I used a ...

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