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Improving your credit

Improving your credit




Presented By:

Foundation for Financial Education | info@f3eonline.org240-499-0390

What is credit pros and cons of credit

What is Credit?Pros and Cons of Credit


Purchases Interest

Builds Credit Temptations

Emergencies Over Extending

Money or service given with the expectation of repayment, usually with interest.

4 c s of credit

4 C’s of Credit

  • Creditworthiness

  • Capacity

  • Collateral

  • Character

History of credit and credit scoring

History of Credit and Credit Scoring

  • 1750 BC, The Code of Hammurabi

  • Early 1900s, companies used proprietary cards

  • 1956, Bill Fair and Earl Isaac establish Fair, Isaac and Company

  • 1989, Beacon score debuts (Equifax); it’s the first general purpose FICO-score


What is a credit report and credit score

What is a Credit Report and Credit Score?

  • Credit Report: a Report that is compiled by credit reporting bureaus on an individual’s history of debt, credit and borrowing behavior

  • Credit Score: a number based on the analysis of an individual’s credit reports that represents the creditworthiness of that person

What s on your credit report

What’s on Your Credit Report?

  • Personal Information

  • Account Information aka Tradelines

  • Inquiries

  • Collections

  • Public Record Information

  • Creditor’s Contact Information

How is credit measured

How is Credit Measured?

Chart is available at

Why is credit important

Why is Credit Important?

Credit reports and scores

Credit Reports and Scores

  • Three major credit reporting bureaus

    • Experian

    • Equifax

    • TransUnion

  • Retrieving your credit report


    • Call 1-877-322-8228

Disputing incorrect information

Disputing Incorrect Information

Inform the credit reporting company, in writing, what information you think is inaccurate. Include copies of supporting documents.

Clearly identify each item in your report you dispute, state the facts and explain why you dispute the information, and request that it be removed or corrected.

Enclose a copy of your report with the items in question circled.

Send your letter by certified mail, “return receipt requested.”

Keep copies of your dispute letter and enclosures.

About credit monitoring services

About Credit Monitoring Services

  • Businesses who claim to check your credit for you-allow you access to your credit report & score at all times and alert you if there are any changes in your credit. Some companies offer help if ID Theft occurs.

  • Costs-$10-15 a month

  • "Credit monitoring is grossly overpriced," says Gail Hillebrand,  senior attorney for Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports.   Adds John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education for  financial-information web site "I can think of a lot of  other ways to spend $150 a year." (Source: Smart Money)

Rebuilding your credit

Rebuilding Your Credit

  • “Bad Credit, No Problems” “We can erase your bad Credit-100% Guaranteed”

  • Avoid Credit Repair Scams

  • Carefully check any Credit Counseling Service

  • CCCS Money Help Line 1-877-254-1097

  • Self Help—dispute errors, contact creditors, create a budget, payment plans

Managing debt

Managing Debt

  • Rip off the band aid—assessment of debt

  • Create Budget

  • Emergency Fund

  • Call Creditors

  • Payment Plan

  • How to choose what to pay first?

  • Is putting Credit Card debt on HELOC good choice?

Credit after bankruptcy

Credit after Bankruptcy

  • How long on credit report- 5 years; 7 years; 10 years?

  • Assess behavior—and changes

  • Budget—Emergency Funds; Insurance

  • Secured credit card

  • Student Loan Repayment

  • Installment Loan

Credit summary

Credit Summary

  • Check Your Credit Report

  • Know Your Credit Score

  • Shop Around for Credit

  • Pay Bills on Time

  • Be in Charge of Debt

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