Once you have opened your new credit cards you can pump up your credit improvement efforts significantly or you can become your own worst enemy. These new little credit cards can make a huge difference in your scores in either direction depending on how you manage them. The FICO scoring formula, to a surprising extent, hinges on the balances you maintain on your cards. Watch this informative video for more details. Specifically FICO recognizes this informative video card usage in 20% increments. It is handy to be aware that if you want the largest credit improvement benefit, work to maintain balances less than 30% of your available limit and ideally lower than 20% of the available limit. And if you max out one of your new cards you can expect a precipitous breathtaking drop in your scores. If this should happen to you, here is a bit of good news. All you need to do is pay your balances back down again and your score will pop right back up; just as quickly as the creditor reports the new balance to the credit bureaus.
There are a lot of little details that can make a significant difference in your credit improvement success. Unfortunately, not all of these details are a matter of common sense. The credit reporting system and the FICO credit scoring model have evolved into densely complex systems. It is no longer enough to just pay your bills on time and hope for the best. In an imperfect credit system, it is imperative to take control and that may take some work. Improve My Credit USA is a legitimate credit improvement service and will assist to light the path for you.
We encourage the reduction of your credit balances as this will certainly help increase your scores. Thus, we would like to provide you with a nice tool that will calculate the payment required to pay off your credit card debt in a specified number of years, or calculate how long it will take to pay off your card given a specific monthly payment. This is a great spreadsheet to have in your debt reduction tool belt.
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Troy explains the Debt Roll down or "Debt Snowball" approach to reducing your debt.