Most financial institutions review your credit report and credit score to decide if they will lend you money. If you have no credit history or a poor credit history, it could be more difficult for you to get a credit card, loan or mortgage.
If you have good credit history, you may be able to get a lower interest rate on loans. This can save you money over time.
Your payment history is the most important factor for your credit score.
To improve your payment history:
Do not go over your credit limit. Borrowing more than the authorized limit on a credit card can lower your credit score.
Use less than 25% of your available credit limit. It’s better to have a higher credit limit and use less of it each month.
If you use most of your available credit, lenders see you as a greater risk. This is true even if you pay your balance in full by the due date.
The longer you have a credit account open and in use, the better it is for your score. Your credit score may be lower if you have credit accounts that are relatively new.
If you transfer an older account to a new account, the new account is considered new credit.
Consider keeping an older account open even if you don't need it. Use it from time to time to keep it active. Make sure there is no fee if the account is open but you don't use it.
It is not unexpected that you will apply for credit from time to time. When lenders ask a credit bureau for your credit report, it is recorded as an inquiry. Inquiries are also known as credit checks.
If there are too many credit checks in your credit report, lenders may think that you are urgently seeking credit, are desperate or trying to live beyond your means.
To control the number of credit checks in your report:
Your score may be lower if you only have one type of credit product, such as a credit card.
It's better to have a mix of different types of credit, such as:
A mix of credit products may improve your credit score. Make sure you can pay back any money you borrow. Otherwise, you could end up hurting your score by taking on too much debt.
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