Posts Tagged "balance"

Asking your lender to reduce the credit limit on a credit card could hurt your credit scores

Dear Experian,

I have one credit card with a zero balance and a $10,000 limit. Will my credit score be hurt if I reduce my limit to $5,000?

– CGC

Closing store credit cards could affect your credit scores

Dear Experian,

Can closing a few of my department store credit card accounts affect my credit scores if I have established good credit and have high credit scores? My husband wants to eliminate our higher interest rate cards.

– LTB

Credit card balance can affect credit scores even if paid in full each month

Dear Experian,

My credit score factors say “amount owed on revolving accounts is too high,” but I pay the balances off every month. I make more than $1 million per year and have no debt at all. Please explain why this is a factor in my score.

– TRZ

Difference between “balance-to-limit ratio” and “debt-to-income” ratio

Dear Experian,

What is the appropriate balance-to-limit or debt-to-income ratio? I do not maintain a balance on my credit cards but worry that I have credit limits that are too high and could impact my overall credit.

– TBL

Responding to credit score factor that says proportion of balances to limits is to high

Dear Experian,

Recently, I was told that my proportion of balances to credit limits is high. If I keep making payments to my credit card and keep my statement balance below 20% of my credit limit, will that help?

– ATD

Credit card paid in full but does not show zero balance

Dear Experian,

I pay my credit cards off in full before the payment is due, yet my report shows a 60 percent utilization ratio. Why is this happening and how can I prevent this besides getting more available credit or not using my cards?

– RBR

Lowering credit limits can hurt credit scores

Dear Experian,

I have heard that requesting lower credit limits can hurt your credit scores. Is this true?

-MMB

Impact of balance transfers on credit scores

Dear Experian,

I have a question about balance transfers. I have a credit card with a balance that I am paying interest on. My husband has an existing credit card balance transfer offer at 0% for 12 months. That card is under his name and it has no balance. If I transfer my balance to his offer, how will that affect our credit score? Also, do any balance transfers affect your credit scores as long as you do not utilize any of the accounts after the transaction?

– STN

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