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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-report.

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Shouldn't the "credit score" prevent Americans from going deeper and deeper into personal debt?

I'm not from the U.S but I know about the dreaded "credit score" that haunts Americans. I've seen a lot of documentaries and videos on YouTube with people that can't get a loan to buy a house because ...
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Should I open a credit card when I turn 18 just to start a credit score?

I spend about $20-30 a week on my debit card, with periodic $200-300 purchases every few months. I've thought about getting a credit card the moment I turn 18 and using it to buy everything, then ...
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Is there a "catch" on my "increased credit limit"?

Today I received a letter from the bank that issued my credit card. Basically it says that, since I'm "one of their best customers" my credit (card) limit has been increased. This is the second time ...
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Pay off car loan entirely or leave $1 until the end of the loan period?

Background information: I have a car loan that doesn't require payments if I'm ahead on the loan (but accrues the interest, of course, on the balance remaining). I still have a year and a half on my ...
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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 700s). 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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Should I worry about having my credit pulled multiple times while car shopping?

I went to a dealership today and they pulled my credit after a test drive. I've heard that as long as you get your credit pulled for an auto loan within a few days, multiple pulls will only count as ...
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My mother co-signed for my car. Can she take it away from me if I am the one making car payments?

My credit is in the low 500s and I was unable to get a car loan. My mom cosigned for me and I've now had a beautiful car for three months. I've been making on-time payments, the registration is in my ...
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Is it ever a good idea to close credit cards?

I have a bunch of credit cards with no balance, while others have fairly high balances. I'd like to close the 0 balance cards, but I know that will reduce my overall balance and hurt my credit rating, ...
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How can sister protect herself from impulse purchases with a credit card?

My little sister is 18, and currently has a bank account with a debit card. She and mom believe it might be time to get her a credit card, mostly to build up her credit rating than out of necessity. ...
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How can one get their FICO/credit scores for free? (really free)

TV and the web are filled with ads promising to give you a free copy of your credit report. Unfortunately, instead of being wholly free, they are actually free trials, which means: You only get them ...
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Going house hunting next week and my credit score just dropped by 100+ points

My wife and I (usually) have excellent credit. TransUninion had me at 790 and other agencies well into the 800s. Our lenders have already prequalified us for our home, and sent the ratings they got ...
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Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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What happens to my credit history if I pay before my credit card bill is generated?

I've read that keeping one's credit card utilization below 20% improves your credit score. If for some reason I have an expense that is greater than 50% of the credit limit and I pay by credit card, ...
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What can I actually do with a high credit score?

I recently checked my credit score via two of my credit card providers. It seems to be hovering between 790 and 815. One service brands the score it provides as a FICO score and the other specifically ...
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How much does credit score matter?

The higher your credit score, the better. If you ever had the choice of two different credit scores, you are always better off preferring the higher one. However, while the utility of a higher score ...
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Making a big purchase over $2500. I have the money to cover it. Should I get a loan or just place it on credit?

I am planning to make a big purchase. I have the money in savings to cover it, but I don't want to drop $2500 all at once if I can avoid it. I have a credit card with a $9000 limit, but I know that ...
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Should I pay off my credit card online immediately or wait for the bill?

I'm a college student and I just got my first credit card (through Chase). The only reason I got the card is to try and build my credit score. I also have a checking account with Chase, and they let ...
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Why do credit scores have a maximum value?

I live in the UK, and I recently checked my credit score for the first time, on Experian. I saw that it is a number out of maximum of 999. I was surprised to see that there is a maximum credit score ...
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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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Why would a home insurer offer a discount based on credit score?

Recently I received a letter from my home insurance company: Thank you for being a Gore Mutual customer. We're working hard to ensure that our products are competitive. And we want to provide ...
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Will a credit card company close my account if I stop using it?

I'm going to stop using my Visa and apply for an AMEX. I want the Visa account to remain open to keep my revolving credit usage % low. While I understand opening a new card will temporarily reduce ...
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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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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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Asking bank to reduce APR instead of increasing credit limit

My credit card just notified me that they raised my credit limit (unsolicited). This would do well to my utilization and thus improve my credit scores overall. However, my overall utilization across ...
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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 you explain why these items are considered negatives on my credit report?

I just used 'Clear Score' to find out my credit rating. My score is higher than both the national and local averages, but there are 2 'negative' results shown. Negative (2) Your oldest active ...
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Is a high credit limit on a credit card bad?

I've had a credit card for a long time, and every so often they've sent letters telling me they're increasing my available credit. Does it negatively affect my credit score to have a high limit, one ...
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Global credit record: Would my good credit history apply internationally?

Does my credit record apply internationally? For example, if I have a good credit record in Australia, with a car / house loan and a credit card or two, can my good credit rating be seen by banks and ...
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Car dealer saying that they cannot see any credit information for my co-applicant. Could this be a scam?

A couple of days ago, I went to a Chrysler dealer here in Florida to look for a new car. Being that my credit score is currently somewhat low (about 680), me and my wife thought that we could have ...
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Should I pay off my car loan within the year?

I saw another question like this, but I am in a bit of a different situation. I am 19 years old, in college, and have no credit history. I saved up enough money to buy a car, but decided to get a ...
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How to recover from credit score hit from paying off loan?

My credit score recently took a dip after I paid off my student loans recently. When I look at the credit report via mint it shows a "not bad" rating for number of accounts opened. ("not bad" is the ...
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Are credit cards not viewed as credit until you miss one payment?

I have recently been trying to improve my credit score in hopes of getting a good/better mortgage here in a few months when I become a first time home buyer. My father has been helping me by doing ...
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Confused: Should I be opening more no annual fee credit cards to improve my score with the intention to not use them?

I was told that having more cards and more open accounts was more of a risk factor since you have more credit to abuse. However, this seems to say otherwise that credit trackers actually encourage you ...
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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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Should I keep a credit card open to maintain my credit score?

I have a credit card that was opened when I first got out of college, and was my first credit card. Since then, I have switched to cards with rewards, figuring that since I pay it in full each month, ...
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How will going from 75% Credit Utilization to 0% Credit Utilization affect my credit score?

I currently have a 75% credit utilization, which I know is not favorable on about 35,000 revolving credit. I am getting my year end bonus and plan on using that to completely pay off all of my credit ...
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Should I really pay off my entire credit card balance each month or should I maintain some balance?

I've heard two conflicting things: One is that you should pay your entire credit every month, and the other that you should maintain roughly %30, %50 (it varies by who you ask) of your available ...
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What's the average credit limit?

For a number of reasons, I recently asked my credit card company for a credit limit increase. I was hoping they'd propose a new limit to me, but they instead the reverse happened: they asked how much ...
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If you put a freeze on your credit, will your credit score stop changing?

I have placed credit freezes at all three agencies in the US. I have existing debt that I am paying on time, will the credit freeze stop that activity from being recorded and helping my credit score?
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Do insurance rates depend on credit scores?

When reading up on credit scores, I came across this article. It contains this paragraph: A bad score can become a black mark that leads to missing out on the home you want (credit checks are a ...
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Are cosigner finder websites like hireacosigner.com, cosignerfinder.com etc. legit?

I am a foreigner to USA and would like to pursue masters in CS in USA. But based on the current state of USD, I won't be able to pay the costs of tuition on my own. So, I will be taking a loan from ...
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Are multiple hard inquiries for a specific loan type okay?

I'm researching mortgage options for my first home purchase, and I recently had a long call with a loan officer where he encouraged me to get pre-qualified (requiring a hard credit inquiry) as soon as ...
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Do I have to incur finance charges on my credit card to help my credit rating? [duplicate]

Does using a credit card actually build up your credit score or do you have to incur charges by not paying it off for X amount of time to help with your credit rating? If I'm paying it off every month ...
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How does holding onto an active but un-used credit card affect your ability to get a loan?

I was debating with my friend about my old credit card. His view is that holding onto an unused credit card is bad for my credit b/c it will count as potential money I can borrow in an instant and ...
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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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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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How can I improve my credit score if I am not paying bills or rent?

I still live at home and thus I don't pay any rent or bills directly. I give a small chunk to my parents but this is somewhat irregular. I am employed, so a lot of my income goes straight into ...
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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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Will it hurt my credit to keep a bank account at a credit union, but not use it?

A previous job forced me to open a new account with their partner credit union. I was very uneasy about it at the time, but there wasn't room or time to really argue it. That was four years ago, and I ...
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Why am I being declined for credit card offers?

I tried applying for a new credit card, as the only one I had strangely jumped from 2% to 35% APR unexpectedly, without any reason I could tell, and customer service was unhelpful. I plan to cut the ...
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