New Credit Score Ranking Model – Insider Tells All

Credit Score – Find Out How to Score Higher with New Ranking Model

There is a new Credit Scoring Model in Town and It’s  coming for YOU!  The revised algorithm used in determining credit scores is again changing, with major changes that have enough weight to make both cautious consumers along with high limit borrowers rethink their credit plans.A major change we are being told is that:  those who currently that have high scores and have stood by the the time tested practice of never closing a credit card account may now possibly loose points.

Who is using this new credit card scoring algorithm and who is behind the scoring changes?

Of course, it’s the Big 3!   Experian, TransUnion, Equifax  and it’s not using the normal 20+ FICO scoring models either (FICO 5, FICO 8, FICO 9, etc).  
It’s called the “VantageScore”.  Many of you have seen this scoring system popup  when checking your free credit reports (mybankrate, quizzle, etc.)  and this model generally gives higher scores than the industry standard FICO scoring models.   Insiders say that this system handled 7- 8 billion applications last year alone with these new account applications being primarily for credit cards.  The mortgage industry only uses FICO scoring models, so this will not have any affect on your FICO scores.
The VantageScore® 3.0 model scale is from 300-850.  A score is then determined from information supplied by reporting vendors into your credit file.  Then, that information is separated into six distinct categories and categories vary in the percentage weight of a score.   
The categories scoring weights in order :
  • Payment history
  • Age and type of credit
  • Percentage of credit limit used
  • Total balances/debt
  • Recent credit behavior
  • Available credit.
The VantageScore® 3.0 credit score is compiled with what is known as current trending data is the latest significant  influence.  The reality is, this credit score will focus on how a consumer’s debt(s) is managed on a month to month basis.   In basic terms this will benefit a someone who is paying down debt every month is likely to be scored higher than someone who is simply maintaining minimum monthly payments.
This change will most likely affect consumers with high credit scores the most.  The use of trending data is to forecast indicators for late payments and defaults prior to a borrower actually being late or defaulting.  So it’s the latest data driven crystal ball!
Another major change you need to be alerted to is retaining aged open accounts in relation to the credit limit to usage.   Yes, this has been a factor in the past also, however the change is giving better scoring to more accounts with lower credit limits opposed to a few accounts carrying high dollar limits – some what of a reversal from the past.  Keep in mind we are only talking about this scoring model and not credit issuers using FICO scoring models.  If we interpret this correctly, a consumer with $10,000 in credit card debt with a cumulative total credit limit of $40,000 on  five cards theoretically could score better than someone with $4,000 in debt on a single $10,000 limit.

What the VantageScore® 3.0 is doing for credit issuers is saying – we are using risk management by spreading it across several vendors (cards) opposed to one high limit card taking the loss.  So a consumer will score lower for having large credit card limits that we have all been seeking for the past several years.  If you have an excellent credit score – you are probably going to suffer a score drop with this algorithm.

Good News is with the removal of negative items such as judgments, delinquent medical debt(s) and tax lien(s) could fair better using this scoring system.  The removal of court  judgments, medical debt(s) and tax lien(s) out of the algorithm follows the 2015 agreement between Experian, TransUnion and Equifax credit bureaus and over 31 state attorney generals.  The reasoning behind this is that court judgments and tax liens are usually disputed along with being full of errors.   Also,  negative medical debt is many times reported and due to slow reimbursements by insurance companies that people have no control over.
So now, we are at a fork in the road  – do you continue to build credit accounts the way we have for the past 10 years and stick to the FICO system or move your strategy towards the VantageScore system?  We are seeking the names of the vendors who are actually using the Vantage Score for credit issuance and will keep you posted when we know for sure this is a scoring model that is really used and by what vendor.  We do have vendor scoring information in the Credit Mastery Book to help you find the right vendor and who they pull credit reports from.
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Will Credit Counseling Work for You?

“Cut Your Payments in Half!” or “Consolidate Your Bills into One Low Monthly Payment!”

Will Credit Counseling Work for You?

We all have seen these ads and when you see ads like these, most likely they are from a Credit Counseling firm. Let’s investigate the basis or principles behind this Credit Counseling approach and reveal the main problems most consumers face when they ultimately enroll in one of these programs.

The common term “Credit Counseling” is really misleading, since it has absolutely nothing to do with the preservation or credit score improvement. In reality, most Credit Counseling will certainly damage your credit if precautions are not taken. This single unpleasant fact is downplayed by most in the industry.

Credit Counseling is debt management. These are programs that are designed to have you make a monthly payment to an agency and then the agency redistributes your money to creditors you are behind with on your behalf. Hopefully, at a lower interest rate using an agency, all in order to pay off the debt much faster. Credit Counseling should never be construed as Debt Consolidation, Debt Settlements, or Termination of Debt. Each of those types of debt methods take a very different approach in resolution opposed to straight Credit Counseling.

With the available options at your disposal today, Credit Counseling is by far the most popular in the USA with millions of Americans on these programs.

Is this the end all solution if you are struggling with debt ?
No! Let’s look deeper at the numerous problems within this method.

In the past 10 years, the Credit Counseling industry has been the target of criticism by many pro consumer groups such as the Consumer Federation of America. However, these critics often are off the mark entirely. With a laser focus on the overly aggressive companies that utilize their 501(c)(3) non-profit status to lure consumers into believing they are a charitable organization, or possibly their services are offered free of charge. No way, these posers charge hefty so called “voluntary” contributions. Many times these add up to hundreds of dollars for the consumer, plus high monthly maintenance fees as well.

So let’s take an insider journey on how Credit Counseling actually works. For instance, someone might owe $30,000 with different credit card lenders. We also need to make the assumption the average interest rate prior to enrolling was at approximately 24% (which is actually low these days considering there are credit card bandits charging 49% per month out of North Dakota). If your minimum monthly payments have been $500, which you’ve been struggling to keep up with. At this rate, it will take a whopping 160 months (more than 13 years) to pay off your card debt, this is under the assumption you do not miss another payment.

So you enrolled in a Credit Counseling program with the hopes and promises that you will get of debt faster. But will you? This is only if your creditors agree to work with you in their program (many time this is not the case), your goal really should be in a reduction in your interest rates. Prior to this year, some creditors really liked using Credit Counseling to keep their collections ongoing and they offered very good concessions on their normal interest rates to get you back in the system. But currently they creditors are no longer participating like in the past due to being pressured into concessions and only to have the card holder default one again.

Credit Counseling part 1

Finding Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

Finding Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

Credit cards for bad credit. Finding the best credit deals with poor to bad credit is tough and may be, these are the only credit cards for people with bad credit might be the only cards you qualify for. Option are limited and the interest on credit cards for people with bad credit your will find are up to 200% higher than on a regular credit card issuance. These credit cards have been specially designed for those individuals with a bad credit history and can not qualify for a standard credit card. If you are trying to build credit, in school or your first credit, or possibly circumstances have arisen that has negatively impacted your credit history and in these cases you normally qualify for this type of credit cards for bad credit.

Bad Credit Deals – Do they exist?

With bad credit, credit card deals are found online without a lot of effort doing a simple search for bad credit or fully secured cards. These lenders will divide bad credit cards into “fully secured credit cards” for bad credit that need a deposit and “unsecured credit cards”, either way both come with much higher fees. They do offer people with a poor credit scores or those without a previous credit history a fairly quick and easy way to regain a new good credit history using the bad credit cards as a tool. If you keep your credit balance under the limit along with making your payments on time, you will become eligible for new offers that have better low interest card rates and will improve your credit score also. Your best move is to start immediately correcting your bad credit with dispute letters (Credit Mastery – Business Credit – Personal Credit book has several great letters to challenge the reporting lenders and credit reporting agencies to improve your score).

Interest rates  – Finding Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

Temptations seem to be endless when having credit cards and if you try to use bad credit cards to get you through a tight situation, keep in mind this is only a temporary solution as the interest rates on these credit cards are extremely high and you may just be digging a new hole! It is best to shop around and find credit cards for bad credit with an interest rate that you can live with. If you are one of those people who are constantly rolling over balances from month to month you probably already know the single most important part of picking credit cards is the interest rate in this case.


Credit cards for bad credit are very easy to misuse, so don’t go crazy as soon as they arrive, they are not a lottery ticket! If you find yourself going a bit overboard there is a good chance you just put yourself in a much worse situation. Secondly, do not apply for every bad credit card offer your see, as this does affect your 10% of your credit score for the inquiry, so only choose two credit card deals you find. After six months you can venture into another two cards.

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Credit Score Repair

Credit Score Repair

If you have been surfing the web about credit score repair , you most likely have bee deluged with enticing ads and guarantees of erasing your bad credit from the credit reporting agencies. Well, it sounds really great all right, but is it really true?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a press release in the form of a Consumer Alert on this, from their website we found:

“If you are looking for a magic pill to fix your credit problems, do not believe promises like the following. There has been a significant increase among so-called “ credit score repair – credit repair” companies who charge anywhere from $50 to in excess of $1,000 to “fix” your credit report. In many of the cases reported, these businesses have no problem taking your hard earned money and do very little or absolutely nothing in improving your credit report. Many times they just seem to vanish.”

The FTC further adds, that there is no quick and easy way for credit score repair. If some credit score repair company offers to “cure” your past history of credit reporting, then use some caution. Keep in mind, that you can probably do what this credit score repair company offers to do in credit repair can be done using challenge or dispute letters.

Protecting Your Credit

If you are considering using a credit score repair business in helping the resolution of your credit history past, be sure to take these few following steps in order to prevent these common credit repair scams:

* First, check out the credit score repair company on the internet by doing a search for reviews or scams by of the company in question. You can always contact your state’s attorney general office, Better Business Bureau, and other state or local consumer affairs agency. Should you find that there are multiple complaints and/or legal actions taken against the company, then it’s in your best interest not to do business with them.

* False claims of incredible results are abundant and a lot of this is due to sheer marketing ploys. A common ploy using by some credit score repair companies, i that they will tell you that they can change or erase accurate information in your credit report. However, this is not the truth. Plus, if they ultimately deliver on this promise, they most likely have done so through questionable or possibly illegal means.

* Normally, the cost you pay is a nominal per letter fee to correct (repair) errors within your current credit report. So, if the credit score repair business demands a sizable amount of money in advance, use extra caution. The most common attraction for consumers is the old Money-back guarantees as these can be costly and time consuming if the company is dishonest.

We need to say however, that there are a number of legitimate credit repair businesses that truly seek to correct credit reports and scores. But due to many legitimate and false reports and/or complaints from consumers, who have been either misled or deceived by fraudulent credit score repair businesses, now 30 US states have been seen to enact laws to control the practices of these credit repair agencies. These are the same agencies whose declared purpose was to investigate the credit repair businesses in existence!!!

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So, in conclusion, if you need credit score repair to improve you score – you can do it yourself! Check out the personal section in Credit Mastery : Business Credit – Personal Credit for dispute letters that will work for you! CLICK HEre To OrdER NOW


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