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Do Credit Card Issuers Use FICO or VantageScore Credit Scores?

Do Credit Card Issuers Use FICO or VantageScore Credit Scores?

The credit card is the default preferred method of payment for almost 200 million consumers, according to Experian. Thanks to most card-using consumers having more than one credit card, the number of cards in circulation as of Q3 2023 was “close to 569 million,” again according to Experian. Every single one of those cards is the result of an application, a credit report and credit score, underwriting, and then a decision by the card issuer. Given there are only two credit score... read more »

What Is a Credit Score?

What Is a Credit Score?

A credit score is a number, most commonly ranging from 300 to 850, that represents how likely you are to repay borrowed money. The higher the number, the more trustworthy lenders find you, and they use it to decide whether to give you a loan and what interest rate to charge. Credit card issuers design their products with costs and benefits specific to a range of scores. Credit scores are good for consumers because they make lending decisions more objective. ... read more »

Do Debit Cards Affect Credit Scores?

Do Debit Cards Affect Credit Scores?

TLDR: It depends on whether your debit card has an associated line of credit or overdraft protection and whether your debit card issuer reports such accounts to the credit bureaus. If your debit card does have overdraft protection or an associated line of credit, and the card’s issuer chooses to report it to the credit bureaus, then it can help your credit scores if the account is paid back on time, or it can lower your credit scores if it’s paid late or goes into default. ... read more »

1 in 4 Americans Believe Checking Their Credit Hurts Their Credit Scores

1 in 4 Americans Believe Checking Their Credit Hurts Their Credit Scores

Since the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, or “FACTA”, Americans have enjoyed the right to free annual copies of our credit reports. Now that it has been 20 years since we’ve had the right to freebies, it’s reasonable to expect most credit-conscious consumers to understand how pulling their own credit reports will impact their credit scores.  But according to a recent survey commissioned by CardRates, 25% of consumers believe checking their own credit... read more »