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Keeping a Healthy Credit Score

June 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A person’s creditworthiness is determined by their credit score. The FICO scoring method is widely used in this regard. Lenders resort to using a scoring system to determine the risk in giving a loan to an individual. The score ultimately decides if the loan can be given or not, how much the interest rate will be and how much the credit limits will be. So you can see why it is important to have a healthy score.

The easiest thing to do to maintain a good score is to pay your credit card bills on time. By not missing any payments and staying current on all credit cards, you will build a good score. Do not for any reason miss a payment or ignore it. If you know that an item on your bill is incorrect, dispute it immediately. Not disputing it and not paying will only harm you. Details such as this go on your report, so as long as an item is marked as disputed, your score will not be affected for non-payment.

Another thing you can do is maintain a good balance on your cards. If your limit is $25,000 then try not to take the outstanding amount past $15,000. The difference will be very beneficial for you. You should also not get rid of any old cards in your possession. Settle the outstanding amount but do not close them. Long credit histories really help your score. Getting lots of new cards will impact badly on your score.

Is a Credit Score Really Important?

June 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As you move on in life, you tend to discover new things which were never really causes for concern before. A credit score is one -very important- such thing.

The generally accepted and used method of credit scoring is the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) method. By analyzing your credit history and current financial status, the FICO method will come up with a score. This score lets lenders know if you are a credit risk and how much so. For example, if your credit score is in the lower levels, you may be refused a loan or credit card. In the event that your request is accepted, you will be slapped with high interest rates and heavy penalties for missed payments.

Therefore keeping a healthy FICO score is in your best interests. A couple of things to keep in mind to improve the score are making payments on time and keeping a sizeable margin between the amount owed and the total credit allowed in a credit card. These two things may sound simple, but it is surprising how many people simply fail to follow them.

The other thing people constantly fail to do is to report and dispute incorrect information on their credit reports. Ignoring them and not making any payments towards them are cardinal mistakes. For example, if the report shows that you made a $500 purchase somewhere which you didn’t you should dispute it immediately. Not paying it until the dispute is settled is fine because it won’t adversely affect your credit score. But not paying and not disputing it will hurt you badly.