Credit Score

Free Experian FICO score: Credit Scorecard by Discover

Recently Discover announced a tool to check your Experian FICO for free: CreditScorecard.com. This is an important product, because compared to other credit score tools, it has the following advantages: The score is based on Experian (EX), and most banks pull EX nowadays. Although Credit Karma can see many more details, they are from Equifax (EQ) and TransUnion (TU), and you won’t…
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How To Get Free Credit Reports And Scores (2016.6 Updated: Table View)

Your credit report and credit score are the determinant factors in getting approved for a credit card, therefore it’s quite necessary for cardholders to pay close attention to these items. How can you access them for free? The first thing you need to know is, there are three official credit bureaus in the US: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Once a bank receives an…
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Credit Score Influence of High Utilization on One Single Card and Statement Balance on Many Cards

Recently I conduct a small test about credit scores focusing on the two following points: It is often said that credit scores will be reduced if your many credit cards all have statement balance. Is it true? If the answer is yes, how much influence is it? How much influence should High Utilization Ratio of one single card make? The…
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Does Credit Limit Increase Needs a Hard Pull (2015.6 Updated)

Credit Limit Increase (CLI) can make normal spending more smoothly, and by indirectly decreasing the utilization, you might improve your credit score because of this. Some banks, however, pull the credit report from one of the credit bureaus when you request a CLI, it’s called Hard Pull (HP), which is somewhat harmful to your credit history. So it’s necessary to figure out which…
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