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Your credit score is usually based on five overall factors: 1) credit utilization, 2) payment history, 3) the age of your accounts, 4) the types or mix of credit and 5) credit inquires.
Credit Utilization Rate
Credit usage is, according to many sources, approximately 30% of your credit score1.
Your credit utilization rate, also known as your balance-to-limit ratio compares your total balances to your total credit limits. Generally, the higher your credit utilization (the more you owe vs. the amount of credit available), the lower your credit score will be.
So two key ways to raise your credit score are to pay off your debt as quickly as possible, or shift your balances to a low interest rate card (provided you don’t already have too any cards).
Transferring a balance from one credit card to a new card may add an inquiry to your file, which could cause a temporary but usually small decrease.
However, you if you aren’t taking on new debt and you are increasing your available credit, this should decrease your total balance-to-limit ratio, which may increase your credit score.
Age of Your Credit Accounts
Your credit history accounts for 15% of your credit score1.
Generally, the longer your credit history the higher your score. That’s why it’s important to establish credit early and to make it a habit of paying ON TIME>.
Your credit history is calculated by taking the average the length of your credit accounts and the age of your oldest account.
Balance transfers between existing credit accounts typically won’t impact your score in terms of your credit history. However, when you apply for a new credit card your age of credit will decrease.
Also, if you close a credit account after transferring its balance that can impact your score because it will reduce the overall age of your credit accounts.
Credit Inquires and Why They Matter
New credit inquires make up 10% of your credit score1.
Each time you apply for a new credit card, a “hard inquiry” is placed on your credit report. Hard inquiries from credit card issuers remain on your credit report for 2 years1.
According to FICO, inquires generally only drop a credit score five points or less depending on the other information in your credit report. Too many applications for credit cards can harm your credit score and reduce your chances of approval because it often indicates you pose a higher lending risk.
It’s important to remember that any change in your credit use can affect your score, but over time this could be a positive change. Credit scores frequently move up and down frequently to reflect the information changes within your credit file. Checking your credit score is a good way to keep track of changes to your credit and monitor the impact of positive or negative events.
When considering a balance transfer it’s important to look at the big picture and read the fine print carefully. Understand all the costs involved and think about the cost of the balance transfer versus the long-term cost of carrying high interest debt.
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I read a newspaper article recently that had this headline: “Your Bad Luck Is a Windfall For Airlines”. The article talked about how change fees and cancellation fees produce about $2 BILLION in revenue per year for the airline industry. So missed flights, changed plans, traffic jams, and more… all this “bad luck” leads to billions for the airline industry.
I got to thinking about this and realized that the airline industry isn’t the only industry making a killing off of consumers’ bad luck. Creditors, credit bureaus, and collection agencies make more money when things go downhill for you. (Notice that I included “credit bureaus” in that list… remember, it is more profitable for them if you have bad credit–more on that in a later post!)
These companies can’t really be faulted 100% for this, because it is really widespread and more or less just the way the system works. Your doctor, your mechanic, your attorney, and your plumber also profit from your bad luck… but it’s not like you’re going to do your own brain surgery any time soon, so you’re probably glad that your doctor is around to help.
What we can really take from this is that there is a positive side to everything; and the key for us is finding that and applying it so that it can benefit us. You may think your bad credit is nothing-but-bad for you. Think again. We all KNOW it has a negative side, but look for the positive side.
Many consumers have totally screwed up their credit, and ended up on our web pages in an attempt to dig themselves out. Many of those same consumers then decide that they wanted to help others dig out too, and end up starting their own profitable credit restoration businesses as a result. Some do it part time, some even full time, but in either case they have now crossed over and have learned to profit from their own bad luck.
Even if you don’t want to start a credit repair business, you could still profit from your bad credit. By fixing your credit today, and positioning yourself for the future, you could be setting yourself up to take advantage of one of the biggest financial opportunities of the next 50 years. What’s the opportunity? If you don’t already know, we’ll leave that for another post.