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Understanding Your Credit Score and How Credit Scoring Works

So you might be asking yourself, "How does credit scoring work?"

To help you better understand scoring, TransUnion has introduced a new and improved way to help you manage your credit, with access to three VantageScores – an easier and more effective way to understand your credit rating.
  • Unlike previous formulas, VantageScore® was developed in 2006 by the three major credit reporting companies – TransUnion, Equifax and Experian.
  • The three credit reporting companies developed VantageScore to improve the consistency, accuracy and predictive quality of consumer credit scores, and to enable more consumers with limited credit histories to receive a credit score for the first time.
  • Consumer scores fall within a range of 501 to 990, with higher scores representing a lower likelihood that consumers won’t pay back their debts. Along with your VantageScore, you’ll receive a letter grade (A-F) to help you assess how lenders view you and how you compare with other consumers, and help you understand how credit scoring works.

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To see how credit scoring works, here are the factors most basic credit scoring formulas take into account:
Payment history:
A good record of on-time payments will help your credit.
Outstanding debt:
High balances in relation to your credit limits can lower your credit score. Aim for balances under 35%.
Credit account history:
An established credit history makes you a less risky borrower. Think twice before closing old accounts before a loan application.
Recent inquiries:
When a lender or business checks your credit, it causes a hard inquiry and a slight ding to your credit score. Apply for new credit in moderation.
Types of credit:
A healthy credit profile has a balanced mix of credit accounts and loans.
Now that your question of "how does credit scoring work?" is answered, get your credit report & score.
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