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Questions tagged [credit-score]

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 credit-...

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Why has my credit score stopped moving?

I receive monthly credit card scores from my bank. After trending upwards, both scores have stopped moving. The bank score is a nice round number with 2 zeros and hasn't changed in 3 months. It seems ...
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What should I do when my friend doesn't pay back a loan I gave him? [on hold]

I lent money to my friend for his wedding through my credit card. It was around $5,000. He said that he would pay me back within 1 month. It has been almost 5 months. Every time on his salary date I ...
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If I pay my car loan off will my credit drop?

I've been thinking lately about paying my car off. I owe less than 6k. The payment each month does not really hurt me and I was going to just keep it for on time payments to help my credit and my ...
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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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Investing loan amount taken primarily to increase credit rating?

I had been facing very big issue of bad credit score of mine. I was not able take any credit cards and I was constantly kept applying for new credit from different sources. It took my credit score ...
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Average Credit Age vs. Number of Accounts

I'm looking to apply for another credit card. I have a few specific ones in mind, so I'd like to build some credit history before I apply. I've been told before I don't have enough "credit history". ...
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Puzzled by (a) credit score and (b) abrupt jump in credit score

About six months ago, my credit score abruptly jumped from the low 300s to the high 700s. The only two things that changed in my financial life were: (1) I became listed as a joint trustee on my ...
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What does it take to get a 0 credit score

I'm not sure if a 0 credit score is the same thing as having 'no credit history'. I'm wondering how long it would take a credit score to drop to 0 (something Dave Ramsey says happens eventually after ...
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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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Auto loan finance for building credit

I recently moved to the USA and I have no credit history. I want to buy a car that costs $18,300. My down payment will be $12,000 and I will finance the balance at 15.4% (extremely high!) over 36 ...
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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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UK app that counts rent payments towards credit score [closed]

I live in the UK. A few months ago, I saw in the tube an add for a app that allowed users to count their rent payments towards their credit scores. I wasn't interested at that time, but now I want ...
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How can I save myself after falling for an alarm scam?

Last week my wife let in an alarm salesman that she had spoken to earlier in the day and asked me to sit down with him. I have no internet at home so he showed me a set of good reviews on his phone ...
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Is it a reasonable request for $1,000 credit limit increase?

I currently have the Barclay Apple Rewards credit card which I received on 06/2018 with a $1,000 credit limit. I used it to finance the purchase of a $950 iPad for school. I was given 12 months to ...
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Wife is cosigned on a credit card with her parents — real assets are also shared. How to protect my credit?

A few years ago I got a credit monitoring app and started watching my credit score (high 700's). It's been climbing slowly and sends me an alert when I apply for new credit - like when I bought a car ...
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Can you hurt a nonexistent credit score?

I am a student, I just started my sophomore year. I have always been very financially responsible. Now, I want to start building my credit, so I did my research and applied for a student credit card. ...
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Effect on credit score of paying everything in one shot

Will paying everything at one shot help your credit score more then paying it quickly but over a few months?  To me, the former suggests a lottery winning or inheritance while the latter suggests ...
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I have a very good credit score from my previous country. Can I use that in the US?

I have a lot of question, which I have googled but did not really found a good answer that fit with my situation. So I have moved to the US as a student. I (think)have a high score credit back in my ...
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Does the maximum amount ever owed affect credit score?

I have heard some people say that one of the factors lenders consider is the maximum amount that you have ever owed at one time. This appears on your credit report as the "highest balance" (1,2) or "...
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Is it legal to invent “artificial” bills to build credit?

EDIT: This question was based on a misunderstanding of how credit is built. However, the concept of moving money on a credit card without spending anything still has other potential benefits (such as ...
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Negative balance effect credit score

I have an saving account in Oriental Bank. I am not using this account for last 1.5 year. Currently the balance is negative. I am staying in Bihar since last two year. It is not possible to go ...
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Closing a New Credit Card for Credit Score

I have 4 credit cards, and 3 of them are about 4 years old and 1 of them is less than a year old. I noticed that my FICO-8 went down by around 20 points since I got the new card and it hasn't gone up ...
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My credit limit was raised without my asking, will this affect my credit rating?

I am a resident of Scotland, and have a credit card issued by my bank in my name only. I recently received a letter stating: Your credit limit is increasing We have good news for you. We ...
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Will this affect my credit

If I pay my credit card minimum balance a day before the due date but then use it again that day , does that affect my credit ?
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Understanding credit score

Probably a fairly generic question, but here it is. First, a very small background: I recently graduated in Europe and found a job in the US. I got the visa and everything, so now I finally moved ...
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Low percent vs moderate percent credit card limit effect on credit score

I was wondering if spending more (50-89%) or less (1-25%) of credit limit increases or decreases credit score depending on the amount spent on the credit card. I have recently turned 18 and became ...
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Can credit score be sponsored?

I vaguely know that a good credit score is very important in the US (we do not have such concept in France for individuals). I was wondering whether such credit score can be boosted through some kind ...
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What is the most efficient way to dispute an invalid collection on a credit report?

I had a surgery and a ton of medical issues. All but one thing went through insurance. The healthcare provider for that one thing went straight to collections. I contacted them, and my insurance ...
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Is it rational that agencies downgrade your credit rating if you close a card?

Multiple sources say that if you have several credit cards with balances, and you pay down one of them, your credit rating will take a hit if you close that card. Now I know what the stated reason is ...
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Can U.S. car dealerships pull your entire credit report or just your FICO score?

In the U.S. can car dealerships pull your entire credit report, or just your score if you go into them to apply for a loan? Of all the research I've done, it sounds like its just your FICO score that ...
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How does this credit scoring work?

I live in the UK, where credit referencing agencies are seen by many (myself included) as the devil. They hold a lot of life-critical information about me but they don't want to share that info, not ...
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How do I find out what is the minimum credit rating for a grad school loan (or undergrad) without a cosigner?

I'm in the US, and I'm trying to make a decision about my educational strategy. I have a basic idea of what I can do for unsecured undergrad bank loan, and what credit rating I would need. How can I ...
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Can I remove a cosigner from a car loan? Will it affect my credit?

I will be moving from NY to California for a job that starts 3 months from now. I flew to California to finance a car from a dealership, but since I had not found an apartment yet, I had no california ...
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Roughly how long should I ideally wait to apply for a large car loan after increasing my credit card limit?

Back in March, I elected to increase my existing line of credit limit up to $2,000, which came with a reduction in interest (from 12.5% to 8.5%). Now, I'm in line to buy a car that I really want, but ...
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Using credit on the day of closing date [duplicate]

Would it not affect my credit score if I use my credit card on the day of my closing date or a day prior the closing date?
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How long should someone wait to apply for a secured credit card after having been deliquent on a loan payment?

Someone failed to make payments on a college loan for an extensive period (8-10 months). Their credit score has, as a result, dropped to 550-575. They have since paid off their overdue balance and ...
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How to know which credit report / score will be consulted?

Question When you apply for a loan or a credit card, in the US, one credit report is pulled from one of the three "major" company: Equifax, Transunion, or Experian. Is there a way to tell which one ...
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Student Loans and Creditworthiness

In reading This Question about UK student loans I cam across several answers that state that student loans do not impact credit score beyond limiting the amount of disposable income used in the loan ...
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Ramifications of not paying a credit card

Scenario - Credit Card bill has not been paid for about a year. (A small amount, about $1700.00) There's a debate in the family. One side says pay it all off now (money was received from the sale of ...
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Google financing and credit score in US

I would like to start creating credit history in US but because I don't have any and I'm new in US, no bank want to give me a credit card. I heard that Google financing is quite liberal when it comes ...
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Dispute credit history hurt unknowingly by parents

This is question is about my friend's current situation that I found out about and now my dad and I are trying to help him. Background: My friend (22) had to go to the hospital (I believe he was 18+ ...
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Understanding credit-score fluctuations [closed]

Recently an old credit account that I've had sitting idle was closed due to inactivity. I get credit-score updates from the issuer (who still maintains the credit account that I actually use), and ...
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How will having two active credit accounts with different balances affect my monthly credit scores?

I heard that with the new FICO model, they want you to spend ten percent or less of your credit limit to keep your scores from dropping. I recently applied for a second credit card, one with four ...
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How to transfer credit history to another bank?

I am planing to make first credit card (BOA secured credit card). Also, I want get UA explorer card later (I understand it is need high credit score). I am trying to build credit history by this BOA ...
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Is it advantageous to my credit score to not completely pay off my student loans?

I have $11,000 in subsidized loans. One loan is for $5,500 @ 3.9% and the other is $5,500 @ 4.5%. I must pay off the loans within 10 years, but there is no penalty for paying them off early. I will ...
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How badly is one's credit score affected if one stops paying one card but keep paying others?

I am in a very tight situation and I am wondering how the FICO score behaves if I stop paying 2 cards out of 4. How badly would it go down and how badly would it affect applying for loans at different ...
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Credit limit dropped and utilization high

I had a $7000 line of credit with Wells Fargo, and I have never been late, but they dropped my credit limit down to $5000, and my balance is $4800. This is hurting my credit. What should I do?
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How do I improve my ability to get loans to use as leverage for my business? [duplicate]

Relating to Europe, but an US-focused answer is also welcome. Plan: I have a small stain on my credit history due to a tax issue. I am otherwise financially sound. I am not big enough for a bank to ...
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Credit after a car loan

I just passed year two of my car loan and I'm planning to use my tax refund to pay it down. This will most likely shorten the loan a year. I'm thinking about how I can keep my credit score and such ...
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Should I make small monthly purchases on ALL six of my credit cards and then pay off in full each month?

I am trying to rebuild my credit. I know it’s critical to establish a history of responsible credit usage. I’ve been diligently making small purchases on two of my three major credit cards every month,...