Are You Ready For A New Credit Scoring System?
Janet just ordered her free annual credit report and was excited about what she saw on her report. She decided to order her FICO score, and low and behold, her score increased over eighty points from the last credit report she ordered over a year ago. She had worked hard to pay off her credit cards throughout the year and was pleased at the positive results on her credit report. Janet was so excited that she finally figured out how to improve her credit report and FICO score. Unfortunately, as soon as she found out about her great credit report and FICO score, she ran across some information about a new credit scoring system that was going to be effective soon! She said to herself, I can’’t believe it! I worked so hard on improving my score and now they come up with this!
Just when you thought you knew how to understand and obtain your FICO score, the whole credit scoring system is about to change! The three credit bureaus have decided to flip the script on us and have worked together to create a new credit scoring system. It’’s called the VantageScore.
Why have the three credit reporting bureaus; Experian, Equifax and TransUnion decided to create a new credit scoring system? They claim the new scoring system will reduce discrepancies between your scores and the three bureaus. These bureaus indicate that the VantageScore, returns more accurate scores on consumers which may have a credit history which is limited.
Are the credit score ranges the same for VantageScore and my FICO score? No. The VantageScore will have a range from 501-990. For instance, a score of 901-990 is an A; 801-900 is a B; and 501-600 is considered an F.
The FICO credit scoring system has a range from 300-850. It appears that the VantageScore system may be tougher than the current FICO score. For example, if you have a FICO score of 720 you could get a 9% interest rate on a credit card you may have applied for. With the VantageScore, your interest rate for this same credit card may be as high as 20%!
The VantageScore became effective for commercial use on March 14, 2006. Time will tell, how effective this system will be for creditors and consumers. It appears that the new scoring system may be more advantageous to the creditors rather than the consumer, since the VantageScore ranges are much higher to qualify for a good interest rate. This would appear to allow creditors the ability to charge consumers more for products and services purchased.
As a consumer, make sure you become informed about the new VantageScore system and how it will affect you! Although the FICO scoring system can be still used by your creditor, they have an opportunity to choose which system they will review for your credit. Now there are two systems currently. How long the FICO scoring system will be around is anyone’’s best guess!
Avoid Payday Loans to Repair your Credit
If you are trying to make ends meet and are having past due bills pile up, the last resort you would want is to take out a payday loan to pay your dues. There are many sources available today that offer payday advances. To get a quick payday advance loan, you can connect online with many payday advance loan companies. Most payday loan companies do not check credit so even if you have bad credit or no credit, you can still apply for a payday loan. The loans are issued after you show proof of banking account, Social Security, Driver License and Pay stub proofs. This information is used against you, often the lenders will deduct money from your accounts including interest, and principals that apply to each loan you take out.
If you are applying for a payday loan online…Beware…Some of the sources are not even institutes that specialize in payday loans. When you are trying to repair your credit, the last thing you need to do is spend money that is not necessary. When you borrow money from payday loaners, your personal information may not be private. Since many of the lenders are outside of the United States and are out of government regulations, your information just might fall into anyone’s hands. This puts your credit at great risk. You would be wise to perform some extensive research to ensure the payday loan institute is valid and trust worthy.
Payday loans offer you a loan against your paycheck, but the downside is you will be paying higher fees to get the loan. You could be wasting money and taking a chance on your identity. Some payday loan companies offer a "free" loan to their new customers i.e. no fees as long as the loan amount is paid in full on its due date. If you are searching for help to repair your credit, it might be wise to search the market for legitimate resources that will help you restore your credit at little or no cost to you. There are Debt Counselors and Debt Management Companies available that assist people with credit repair but the best source is you. You might be wise to check out government options that are available to people with bad credit.
Many services are available to help you repair your life. The best solution is keeping up to date on your bills if possible or minimizing your monthly installments by opting for credit cards that have no fees attached and low interest rates. If you have a credit card, or else applying for a credit card avoid charging items to your cards unless it is absolutely necessary. You might want to apply for a different credit card if you card has high interest rates and discontinue your old card once you receive your new card. In some cases, depending on your credit card history, you could call your credit card company and ask them to reduce your interest rate. If you have had a good history with the company, they will most likely oblige.
If you suspect that someone has access to your card be sure to contact your provider immediately to report the card lost or stolen. Always keep this information in close vicinity to ensure a quick response. Be sure to only provide your personal information to those you trust i.e. Social Security Number and Bank Account Number. Never give information pertaining to you freely especially over the phone. If you are considering a loan to payoff your debts, check the market first before applying. The more applications you complete, the more it applies against your credit report. You might want to cut back on your utilities, i.e. reduce your heat or air conditioning, to save funds that can be applied to your bills.