Monday, March 29, 2010

Understanding Credit Report & Score

Credit report is a snapshot of your credit history while credit score (calculated from the information in the credit report) is one of the most important numbers lenders use to determine whether or not you’ll qualify for new credit, and at what interest rates and terms of credit.

What's in Your Credit Report

Here are some of the information that may be included in your credit report
  1. Personal Records – It contains your complete name, address, age, birth date, spouse’s name, social security information and even your employment records. So filling in accurate information every time you apply for a credit card would reveal how honest and credible you have been with these forms.
  2. Financial Data – All your previous Credit card transactions, bank records, loan accounts and all other significant transactions from previous financial activities are collected and put into a reference form.
  3. Open Access - This record data base includes all your tax documentations, financial statements and even bankruptcy filing.
  4. Evaluation - These are inquiries from various credit institutions who have acquired copies of your credit report and statements.
Note that mistakes on your credit report may have a negative impact on your credit score. It is your responsibility to ensure that your report is accurate and up-to-date. It is advisable that you review your report every 3-6 months.

Here's the good news, by law, you’re entitled to for free credit report from once a year; keep in mind, though, that this free report only shows your credit history, not your FICO score.

Alternatively you can monitor your scores from 3 credit bureaus when you sign up with

Lastly, taking the time to understand credit report score is the first step in the right direction and eventually will help you find out how you can improve your credit score.

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