How to build the credibility of your credit report?
These days, there is really no need to mention just how significant a credit report is
in building your financial credibility. Your financial history is now a direct reflection
of how well you manage your finances and how responsibly you can take care of
For this reason, you should always take the time to ensure that your credit score—a
numerical value assigned to how well you have managed your finances throughout
the years based on your credit report—is accurate. Here’s how you can do this:
Get a copy of your free credit report to look into how your finances are being
reflected. This includes your credit card debts, loans you have taken out and
mortgages under your name. You can easily request for a copy from Equifax,
Experian and TransUnion—3 of the most trusted and credible credit reporting
Paying your bills on times shows that you are able to manage your finances very
well. Paying on time contributes towards a hefty 35% of your credit score, which
is on top of the 30% where how much you owe is counted.
Keep close tabs on your credit lines from department and specialty stores that
have rates more than 20%.
When possible, make use of cash instead. It would be useful to bring a small
amount of money so that you don’t have to charge everything on your credit card.
Try not to close credit cards. Closing an account with a large credit line or a long
history will greatly affect your credit scores.
Try to ignore offers that promise to free you of debt in just two or three years.
Be sure to inform collection agencies about your financial capability to pay.
It’s important to really know about your debt-to-income ratio. Manage the amount
from your monthly gross income and your debt should only amount to less than
Do not be lured by offers that promise 0% balance transfers. Just because it’s on
0% interest doesn’t mean that you can get rid of the debt quickly. In six to 11
months, higher interest rates will be implemented and thus give you more
Review the guidelines mentioned and you can be sure to manage your finances properly.
Maintaining a good credit statement is essential in sustaining good financial records.