Credit Scoring System

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American DollarA credit scoring system is the method use by banks and lenders to verify and measure the credit worthiness of a person. Your credit history, bill payment, how much you owe, type of accounts and late payments all of which are collected and studied to determine your credit score. If you have good payment history and always pay on time chances are you will have a good credit score.

Of course there are other factors to consider like the amount of current debt as compare to your credit limit. If your credit balance is low and your credit limit is high banks will definitely provide you great terms. You should also limit your credit score inquiries since it could negatively affect your score.

The most accepted credit scoring system is FICO; this helps banks to make decision whether or not the borrower can be trusted to pay their debts. The FICO score ranges from 300-850, the higher the score the better. If you have a good credit score (score is between 849-700) the bank will provide you the best terms and interest rate because it means you are a low risk and will likely pay on time. If your score is lower than 600 you may still get a loan but the interest will be really high and the terms will not be that good. Most people with bad credit scores will just accept the conditions of the bank since they have limited options.

FICO is not the only system available in the market. Another scoring system is VantageScore, a credit score system offered by the three major credit bureaus Equifax, Transunion and Experian. This was created to compete with FICO.

Another system developed by FICO is Next Gen Score; this system is design for individuals with bad credit score or subprime score. Its goal is to better calculate which people are too risky to offer loans. If you use to have a good credit score but because of recession or unemployment you failed to pay your loans this system will definitely take a closer look on your credit history.

Before you apply for a loan make sure to check first your credit score. You can get a report through online for a fee. If you don’t want to pay go for the 30 day trial. Make sure to cancel the trial before the 30 day is up so that you will not be automatically charged. Of course if you want regular updates on your credit score and serve as a protection to ID theft and unauthorized use of your credit you can subscribe to the service.

If there are any errors on the report make sure to fix them by sending a letter to the credit bureau and the lender. If you can pay off any balances that you have or at least make all late payments current then do so; this will help improve your score. If you have many unused credit cards close the most recent ones and keep the older credit card. You should also verify what credit scoring system the lender or bank is using to check your score since some banks don’t rely on FICO for credit score.

There’s more where this came from.  The Credit Doctor has useful and easy to use information that will help you fix your credit.  Find out for yourself what is a good credit score.
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