Credit Management & Wealth Building During COVID-19

Learn why it is imperative that “you manage your credit effectively yourself” in any economic environment…

 

When it comes to credit management it is important that you realize that it is your responsibility to manage your credit effectively in a proactive manner and not depend on credit repair and other credit improvement companies–when you have the opportunity to do what needs to be done on the front end.

 

Effective credit management (even during the COVID-19 Era) is not as hard as you may think if you make the commitment to get out in front of your credit transactions and learn wise credit and money management strategies on the front end.

 

Even if you have made credit mistakes in your past you can now start on a more effective path as it relates to the management of your credit!

 

In this discussion you will learn how you can take control of your credit management and manage your credit effectively throughout your lifetime, or during the period in your life that you desire to use credit.

 

By learning and applying the following principles, you will have no problem effectively managing your credit from this day forward–thereby ensuring a more prosperous future for yourself, your family, your loved ones and the society at large in which you live.

 

  • You must have a basic understanding of credit

It is important to realize that you don’t have to be a credit expert to manage your credit at a more beneficial level, however you must have a basic understanding of how credit works so that you can make credit work for you as opposed to against you!

 

You must know why you are using credit and you must know the purpose of credit so that you can use credit wisely and achieve more during your lifetime.

 

  • You must know when to use credit

It is important that you realize that whether you have poor credit or great credit you will be bombarded by creditors, advertisers, marketers and others who will promote products and services that may or may not be beneficial to you and your family from a credit perspective.

 

Therefore, you must know when to use credit and how to select the credit that will be in your and your family’s best interest!

 

The key types of questions that you must ask are: 

 

If I make a major purchase using credit cards and purchase a car (financing involved) at this time–what effect will that have “credit wise” on my intention to purchase my first home 18 months from now?

 

If I use credit to make a major purchase, do I know the time frame that I intend to pay off the creditor?

 

If I choose to pay off my current creditor with a “zero promotion” offer from another creditor, have I run the numbers to determine my real savings and my real advantage of doing so “prior to” the balance transfer and payoff–not after?

 

Those, and other relevant questions must be asked and answered appropriately up front–not after the fact!

 

  • You must have an effective payoff plan in place “prior to” your credit use

If you use credit in an advantageous way–you will position your finances in a manner where you can pay off your credit debt on a monthly basis and in the case of balance transfers and promotional offers that you may sign up for–during the promotional period or the zero percent interest period so that you can avoid or eliminate interest or other fees.

 

By having a payoff plan “prior to” your purchase and by adhering to that plan you put yourself in position for more effective credit management as well as maintaining or improving your credit position and hence credit score.

 

  • You must know how the credit scoring system works

It is important to know that there are two scoring systems that are in wide usage (FICO and VantageScore) and others that are used by credit bureaus to a lesser degree.

 

It is important that you learn about the credit scoring system in as relaxed a manner as possible. 

 

While learning you don’t want to be stressed, worried or otherwise distracted as the answer to your concerns could lie in front of you.

 

Although there are differences and similarities in many of them–the key is to know how to keep Negative information off your report, Utilize your credit appropriately, keep older accounts open as Time length is important, have different Types of credit and keep Inquiries (hard pull of your credit) at a low level  and you will have no problem managing and/or improving your credit–regardless of the version or model that is being used!

 

Keep in mind that when it comes to credit scoring models, there are industry specific versions, newer versions, older versions, in-house versions and other versions all on the market at the same time–the key for you is to know which version your creditor (or potential creditor) uses–and then proactively know what is in that version (your score or relevant score range) prior to formally applying for credit.

 

Conclusion

 

Your effective use of credit can be made easier if you have a basic understanding of credit, you know how to use credit wisely, you have a realistic payoff plan in advance and you know how the credit scoring system works and how it will affect your usage of credit.

 

You don’t have to be overly concerned about the scoring models as long as you pay on time, you use your credit sparingly (particularly your revolving debt), you pay off your debt in a timely manner, you have a good credit mix or different types of credit–and you keep your inquiries low.

 

By gaining a basic level of credit understanding at this time you put yourself well ahead of those in the general population and your effective credit management will now be made easier if you apply the concepts in this discussion and you are one who desire to manage your credit effectively from this day forward and throughout your lifetime, or the period that you desire to use credit during your lifetime.

 

By responsibly doing what you need to do on a consistent basis your credit score will reflect that responsible use over time and will put you in position to attain your credit goals and what you expect to happen at the various stages of your life.

 

Effective credit management starts with a thought by you, that you really want to manage your credit better and a real desire (by you) to find the best or appropriate way to do just that in a manner and style where excuses are a thing of your past!

 

All the best to your credit management success during COVID-19 and during tougher times ahead that are yet unseen…

 

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Credit & Wealth Building

 

Learn how you can understand how credit really works so that you can manage your credit effectively throughout your lifetime…

 

As TheWealthIncreaser.com  stated in the last discussioncredit and how you (and others) could thoroughly understand and benefit from would be discussed in clear and concrete terms.

 

In the most recent posts you gained a practical understanding of Personal Finance Statements, including a Personal Cash Flow Statement or Budget, an Income Statement, a Balance Sheet and a Net Worth Statement.

 

In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will “hone in on credit” so that you will have an understanding and practical application of credit that you can use throughout your lifetime as you build wealth–therefore leaving all excuses behind as far as why you can’t achieve credit success!

 

Even though this discussion may be longer than most that you are accustomed to on TheWealthIncreaser.com–you will have no excuse for not managing your credit effectively throughout your lifetime after reading this blog and applying what you feel is relevant in the management of your finances.

 

How to Manage Your Debt Before a Major Purchase

 

A major purchase such as buying a house, car or boat is a big investment–and not only should you be prepared in advance—you should know what to expect throughout the process.

 

When you manage your credit you are in effect “putting on a show” (pun intended) for lenders of all types who have the power to grant you credit for various purposes.  Whether you are seeking approval for your home loan, car loan, boat loan or any other purchase, your lender would be agreeing to lend you all or a portion of the funds needed to cover your purchase.

 

Because a high-cost purchase often involves the use of borrowing, lenders (as best as they can) want to guarantee that you’re not a “risky borrower” and they want to know that you’ll be able to make your monthly payments on time and in full for the life of the loan.

 

Lenders will decide whether you’re a risk for a major purchase by looking at how well you’ve managed debt in your past, and how well you’re managing debt at this time.  Therefore, having some debt can be a good thing if you have managed your credit well in your past.

 

This should make sense to you because if you’re making a major purchase where borrowing is involved, you’d expect others who lend you money “would” want to ensure as best they can that they will be paid back according to the terms of the lending agreement.

 

It is important that you realize that whether you feel that it is fair or not, your payment history shows potential lenders your character and the real likelihood that they would be payed back in the future!

 

You may want to save as much money as you can before a major purchase—and in some cases that can be a wise strategy.

 

Even though you may not want your money tied up in debt—borrowing can serve a useful and beneficial purpose if used appropriately and in a wise manner.

 

You may have a need to borrow if:

 

  • You are hurting for cash to meet a current need and there are no other options

 

  • You anticipate a major purchase and borrowing makes good financial sense

 

  • Over a period of several months your bills are starting to pile up

 

  • You get interest rates that are better than the credit card payments that you are making

 

  • You desire to utilize credit as an overall strategy to build wealth more efficiently (use leverage to your advantage)

 

Even though you may use borrowing as an overall strategy to reach your goals more efficiently, always realize that “saving money” is always a good idea and cannot be overstated!

 

However, having some debt before buying your house or any other major purchase could actually be an important factor in getting you approved for your future loan(s)–including an auto loan, boat loan, mortgage loan or rental property acquisitions.

 

Why having some Debt can be of benefit

 

To see how well you manage your debt, lenders of all types, including mortgage underwriters will take a detailed look at your credit score, credit history and your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) to see if you are worthy of granting a loan.

 

In almost all cases where you want credit to work optimally for you, you’ll want to have a high credit score and a low DTI.

 

A high credit score indicates that you manage your debt reliably and responsibly.

 

A low DTI indicates that you don’t have too much of your income tied up in paying off debt and make you a less riskier borrower in the eyes of lenders!

 

Let’s take a closer look at your credit score–and DTI—so that you can achieve more:

 

Your Credit Score

 

Virtually every factor in your credit score is defined by your borrowing behavior.  If your goal is to create and improve your credit score, you need to take on debt and manage debt as responsibly as you can based on your finances and living circumstances.

 

Your credit score is usually impacted by the following five factors according to FICO:

 

(35%)

— Your “payment track record” is the most important factor considered in your credit score.  Lenders want to know if you’re a trustworthy borrower, therefore, they want to see if you make on-time payments on your debt.

 

(30%)

— Owing money on your credit cards, in particular, is not a bad thing.  However, if you’re using too much at one time, underwriters might take that to mean that you’re overextending yourself financially–and that is not good.

 

(15%)

— A longer credit history is favorable to a short credit history.  Therefore, if your credit history is limited you won’t necessarily be disqualified from borrowing money–but a longer history is looked at more favorably.

 

(10%)

— Underwriters want to see how you manage different types of debt or how you manage a mix (credit cards, auto loan, mortgage loan, personal loan, student loan etc,) of credit.

 

(10%)

— If you’ve opened multiple credit accounts at one time, this is a red flag for underwriters because it can suggest that you’re in financial distress–keep inquiries low if you are in the process of building your credit and you plan to use your credit for a major purchase in the near future (within the next 2 years).

 

If you were anticipating an auto loan, you want a minimum credit score of 640 and for a mortgage, you’ll typically need a credit score of at least 640 for a conventional loan and possibly 620 for an FHA or other government home loan–depending on the lender.

 

In many instances it could be best to shoot for a credit score of 700 or more in both instances, as you may be able to save thousands or tens of thousands over the life of the loan(s).

 

A higher credit score increases your chances of approval, and also increases the loan amount that you’ll be approved for–regardless of the “scoring model” being used.

 

In particular, a higher credit score could also help you secure a lower mortgage rate, which could save you a significant amount of money over the life of your home loan (in many cases from thousands to possibly tens of thousands)—depending on your mortgage amount and term(s) of the loan.

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Your Debt-to-Income Ratio or (DTI)

 

Your DTI is a percentage representing how much of your income is put towards paying down debt.  Since a mortgage is such a large investment, and your monthly payments could be fairly substantial, underwriters, loan processors, lenders or anyone who plans on lending you money for the purchase will want to make sure that you’ll be able to make those payments on a consistent basis and repay the loan amount and interest.

 

Therefore it is imperative that you keep your DTI ratio low, the lower—the better—generally speaking!

 

In general, a DTI of 36% or lower (including housing) is ideal.

 

Generally, a DTI above 50% for conventional or government loans most likely would not be approved (although there are exceptions).  43% on the back-end and 31% on the front-end is what FHA loan grantors look for, meaning your debt of 31 percent excluding housing (front-end ratio) and your housing and debt income up to 43% (back-end ratio) would be preferable—however some lenders will allow you to exceed those limits–but it may not be wise to do so on your part–particularly if you do not have a properly established emergency fund or have a plan in place to create one.

 

To calculate your DTI, simply divide your monthly debt (debt that takes 12 months or more to pay off such as your credit cards, auto loan, student loan, personal loan, boat loan etc.) by your monthly gross income.

 

To calculate your housing plus debt ratio, simply divide your monthly debt (debt that takes 12 months or more to pay off) plus your anticipated housing monthly payment by your monthly gross income.

 

If your resulting percentage is higher than 50%, you’ll want to work on paying off some of your debt in most cases so that you can get a more favorable loan and also to help improve the odds that you will remain a home owner in the future as life can be unpredictable at times.

 

Homeowners who purchase with DTI ratios above 50% normally have other “compensating factors” at work such as an expected financial windfall, social security or pension income that will start in one year and other factors that compensates the high ratio–or makes the 50% or more ratio less risky.

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Other Credit & Debt Management Tips

 

It is important that you reduce your debt to a more favorable level before making a major purchase such as buying a house.  It is very important that you maintain a solid credit score by making consistent credit payments, managing your debt at an optimal level and managing your overall finances at a level that is the best that is within you throughout your lifetime.

 

By maintaining a solid credit score you can get “more favorable loan terms” when you make a major purchase and particularly a mortgage loan–if you desire to become a home owner at this time or in your future.

 

A solid credit score can also reduce your daily stress levels and your money management will be made more efficient during your lifetime as well!

 

The following tips can help you manage your debt more efficiently whether you desire to make a major purchase such as buying a house or use credit for other purposes.

 

Whether you have already purchased your dream home and are currently making monthly mortgage payments or you desire to manage your credit for a home purchase or any other credit goal(s) in your future, you can more effectively and efficiently build your net worth to a more acceptable level by doing the following:

 

Take a Detailed Look at Your Credit Report

Your credit score is an important qualifying factor for building wealth and qualifying for a mortgage loan at a good or the best rate.

 

Therefore, it can be a good idea to take a look at your credit report at this time to ensure that everything has been reported correctly and that there aren’t any errors that need correcting.

 

You wouldn’t want your credit score to be negatively impacted because of mistakes in your credit report–and now you can eliminate that possibility by pulling your credit report at this time and challenging inaccuracies if and when they exist.

 

You can order your credit report for free from any of the three major credit bureaus:  TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, once per year by going to annualcreditreport.com.

 

Once you have your credit report it is important to look at the following:

 

  • Your personal information

 

  • Your credit accounts

 

  • Your credit inquiries

 

If you see any errors or inconsistencies anywhere in your credit report, they can be challenged with the credit bureau that created the report and you must exercise your right to do so as soon as you become aware of them.

 

Consolidate Your Debt if it makes Good Sense to Do So

 

If you find that you’re making payments on various loans and/or credit accounts, it could possibly save you money (and help you avoid negative stress) to consolidate your debt into one loan.

 

By doing so you could possibly pay interest on one loan instead of multiple loans!

 

Therefore, you won’t have multiple payments to keep track of and your stress levels could possibly be reduced.  Depending on your debt level and credit position you may be able to use zero percent credit promotions to consolidate a number of credit card payments and pay the debt off faster during the zero percent promo period to avoid high interest charges.

 

There are caveats that could make this and other approaches unwise—therefore you want to ensure that you have a wholesome approach to managing your finances prior to consolidating your debt and making other financial moves.

 

Always realize that what may appear prudent on the surface–could work against your best short, intermediate or long-term goals if not analyzed in a careful, critical and accurate manner.

 

In Many Cases it May Not be Wise to Make Drastic Changes to Your Credit

 

It can be tempting to pay off debt right before applying for a mortgage–however, doing so could actually hurt your credit score.  In many cases when you pay off a debt, your credit score will actually drop temporarily in the short run.

 

On the flip side, if you’re trying to build credit and try to open multiple credit cards, or take on other debt before applying for a loan, this will also reduce your credit score.

 

If you are applying for a loan (or anticipate doing so in the near future) a lot of change in your banking activity (large deposits that are not your norm etc.) and taking on new debt before applying for a loan (and particularly a mortgage) is a red flag to lenders and underwriters.

 

It can indicate that you might not be financially prepared to take on a mortgage! 

 

To put it bluntly, your credit pay off, opening new credit and overall credit and financial behavior must align with your goals!

 

Create a Budget or Cash Flow Statement as Soon as Possible

 

Whenever a financial discussion is taking place, budgeting or cash flow management often comes up and many are not enthused by the coversation.  Even though you are possibly bored by the conversation, it’s a meaningful way to track your income and expenses and ensure that you’re managing your finances as best you can.

 

There can possibly be a lot of costs involved with buying a house, and many other major purchases, therefore, you’ll want to make sure that you can afford your monthly payment and meet your other debt obligations in a manner that allows you to enjoy life on a consistent basis.

 

In most cases, creating a budget or cash flow statement can help you map out your current debt and other expenses in relation to your income so that you can meet your debt obligations from a more advantageous position!

 

By doing so you can improve your vision and see what’s happening with more clarity and make adjustments as needed.

 

A personal cash flow statement or budget can give you the peace of mind, confidence and clarity that you need–so that you can truly succeed.   You can therefore avoid overspending, and meet all of your other financial responsibilities from a position of strength as opposed to having a cluttered and in many cases overburdened mind that leads to unhealthy stress levels.

 

Properly Build Your Emergency Fund

 

Building and properly funding your emergency fund before getting a mortgage may be one of the most important things that you can do to proactively prepare for long-term success.

 

Even so, it is often overlooked by even those who consider themselves to be savvy money managers!

 

In life, emergencies of all types will occur and you never know what expenses might arise once you purchase your home or even while you are renting or leasing an apartment or house.

 

You don’t want all of your money tied up in your mortgage payment (you must manage your DTI effectively) and other monthly payments if, for example, your roof needs to be repaired, car issues occur, your HVAC goes out, plumbing issues occur and you encounter water damage or other concerns.

 

Many financial professionals suggest that you set aside three to six months worth of expenses in an emergency fund–and that is a wise suggestion in almost all cases.

 

Conclusion

 

 

A major purchase, including buying a house is a big purchase, and it can be daunting to think of getting a mortgage if you are trying to pay down student loans, an auto loan, credit cards, your monthly utility bills and other burdensome debt.

 

To help you save money and avoid or reduce unhealthy stress, work on paying down your other debt so you can be confident in your ability to make mortgage payments and enjoy your new home–if there is a need for you to do so.

 

However, you don’t need to be debt-free to buy a house.

 

In reality, some well-managed debt can boost your credit score, showing mortgage underwriters that you are a responsible borrower and can manage debt effectively!

 

Your goal is to avoid a financial hole that you’ll never come out of or  makes it difficult to manage your finances from month-to-month.

 

By taking the time to create a budget and analyze your credit report, you can see how you’re doing financially and where some changes (improvements) can or need to be made.

 

You may be able to consolidate some of your existing debt if it makes good financial sense to do so, or you could completely pay off some of your debt to improve your credit score and financial ratios and make your housing payment more comfortable!

 

In the end, you just want to make sure that you’re comfortable taking on a mortgage and you can afford to do so in a manner that allows you to enjoy life and live in as stress-free a manner as possible.

 

You already know how FICO scores are calculated and how you can improve your credit report and credit score.

 

Additionally you want to be aware of the VantageScore as well, as it is increasing in popularity and has slight differences from the FICO score.  VantageScore is the other scoring model that is widely used by some lenders but is not as popular as FICO–but you should be aware of.

 

However, if you manage your credit well based on the FICO standards—your VantageScore will improve as well!

 

Just so you are aware of and have a point of comparison the VantageScore consists of:

 

Payment history (approximately 40%)

 

The biggest factor in your VantageScore 3.0 credit scores is payment history.  VantageScore 3.0 puts more weight than FICO on your payment history–therefore you want to consistently pay your bills on time  and avoid being delinquent on your accounts.

 

A late or missed payment on the VantageScore 3.0 scoring model can significantly harm your credit scores, therefore you must pay all of your creditors in a timely manner.

 

Your payment history is a record of how often you pay your bills on time and how often you miss your payments or pay late.  Therefore, it is imperative that you make your payments on time as that can help improve your payment history and give lenders confidence that you’re likely to make future payments in a timely manner as well.

 

Age and type of credit (approximately 21%)

 

VantageScore 3.0 also factors in how long you’ve had different types of credit accounts open.

 

Ideally, lenders like to see long-term, established lines of credit , therefore having a variety of account types is preferred—as long as you stay up-to-date on your payments.  Lenders and underwriters normally like to see that you’ve used a mix of accounts or different types of credit on your credit report to see if you can effectively manage debt.

 

Your credit history or age of your accounts will indicate the types of credit accounts that you have and will show how long you’ve had them open and active.

 

By having a longer credit history and showing that you have different types of credit you will improve your score more than if you have a short credit history or  just one type of credit on your report, like credit cards or short-term loans.

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Credit utilization (approximately 20%)

 

The purpose of the credit scoring industry is to help lenders get a clearer picture of the type of borrower you might be if they were to grant you a loan.  They want to see how you use credit and using a lower percentage of your available credit at any given time is preferable.

 

You want to ensure that your credit utilization ratio is below 30% or more preferably below 10%.  Another important goal to aim for is to pay your revolving (primarily credit card debt) debt off monthly.

 

You also want to get into the habit of using all of your credit cards every 4 to 6 months or so to keep the credit cards in your active mix as that will help ensure that your current credit issuers will not close your account due to inactivity.

 

If you have 6 credit cards use a different one every month for 6 months and then repeat the process–pay them off in full once you get your credit card statement if you are in financial position to do so and you will improve–or at a minimum maintain your credit score and lending power.

 

In a nutshell, your credit usage compares the amount of credit you’ve utilized to what you can still borrow.  You do not want to consistently use all of your available credit, like maxing out lines of credit or carrying high balances on credit cards or loans.

 

If you carry large balances–particularly on revolving debt, that will hurt your credit score, therefore you must do your best to maintain your balances at less than 30% of your credit limits or preferably 10% to help improve or maintain your credit score.

 

Balances (approximately 11%)

 

Be sure to keep the total amount of recently reported balances (current and delinquent) on your credit accounts low as lenders generally like to see low balances as it suggests the chances of you making on-time payments each month is higher.

 

Paying off your balances monthly is a good way to improve or maintain your credit and is something that you should strive to do–if you are not doing so at this time as you must avoid delinquent payments as best you can.

 

Your total balance includes all of your credit balances, and by maintaining low balances (primarily and particularly on your revolving debt) and making your required payments on time you can help improve your score and give lenders more confidence that you’re financially responsible.

 

Recent credit (approximately 5%)

 

If you applied for a new credit card lately or you have taken out a personal loan–lenders will want to know.  Your recent credit activity, including recently opened credit accounts and credit inquiries, can be an indicator of your future financial behavior.

 

Your recent credit activity typically covers credit checks made over the past two years.  It factors in any new credit cards or loans that you’ve applied for or opened.  A large number of recent credit checks, also known as credit inquiries by lenders could indicate that you’re in financial distress or opening credit lines in an irresponsible manner.

 

On the other hand, few, if any inquiries in your credit history may help your score.

 

Available credit (approximately 3%)

 

Although not a huge factor, lenders typically like to see that you’re only taking out the credit that you need.  By having available credit that you don’t use you are showing lenders that you are not over-extending yourself.

 

Therefore, you want to keep a good amount (70% or more of your available credit) of credit available that you don’t use.

 

Your available credit has the least impact on your credit score in the Vantage 3.0 scoring model.  This factor takes into account the amount of credit you can access and use.  Therefore, maintaining a low balance at or below 30% of your available credit could help improve your credit score.

 

Although you generally can’t control how your score is calculated, you can protect your credit score by paying your bills on time, maintaining a good mix of credit, avoiding high balances, and using only a fraction of your total available credit.

 

Key Points

 

  • Your credit score is a number, typically between 300 and 850, that shows potential lenders a snapshot of your credit history. Whether your score falls into an “excellent” range, “poor” range, or “somewhere” in the middle, it may impact your ability to access loans and services at a good or the best rate.

 

  • Many credit scoring providers use the VantageScore 3.0 scoring model which calculates your score based on six factors.  Each factor has a different impact on your credit score.  However, the majority of lenders use the FICO 8 scoring model which calculates your score based on five factors.  Factors and the applicable percentages on both scoring models are based on your unique credit file, so “percentages that are applicable to you” may vary according to your unique credit file.

 

  • Paying your bills on time, using only the credit you need, and maintaining different types of credit may have a positive impact on your credit score–regardless of the scoring model.  Also keep in mind that there are other scoring model versions for specific industries and other scoring models (including FICO and VantageScore) are updated to new versions and many lenders will use older versions, newer versions, industry specific versions and the like.

 

  • A good credit score might make a difference in whether you get favorable rates when applying for credit whether a major purchase such as a car or home, a credit card, employment, insurance, rental property and other areas of commerce (the 4th bureau–cell phones, utilities etc.).

 

  • Your goal should be to gain a general understanding of credit and not have a cluttered mind about credit and your finances, including what has been discussed above in this article.  Even so, you always need to know that Negative information, credit Utilization, the Time length of your accounts, the Type of accounts that you have and the number of Inquiries in your credit file are very important to understand and apply to your unique credit position.  Your understanding of a “budget or cash flow statement” and “properly establishing an emergency fund” are also a key takeaways from this discussion on credit.

 

Credit score ranges

 

To further drive home credit scores you must understand that FICO ranges from 300 to 850 while VantageScore also ranges from 300 to 850 but have slightly different weighting factors and weights as mentioned above!

 

  • Knowing where your credit score falls within the FICO and VantageScore ranges can help you get a sense of whether you might qualify for a loan or credit card—and what kind of rate you might be offered.

 

  • There are a few key differences between the VantageScore and FICO scoring models, including how they weigh different factors in determining your scores.  They both have a score range of 300 to 850, but there primary difference is the way the ranges are considered–poorfairgood or excellent.

 

Vantagescore 3.0

 

 

   FICO 
Excellent 781–850 800–850
Very good N/A 740–799
Good 661–780 670–739
Fair 601–660 580–669
Poor 500–600 < 580
Very poor < 500

 

Why does a good credit score matter?

 

  • A  good credit score varies across credit scoring models, however a score of 680 or higher is generally considered a good score with virtually all scoring models.

 

  • For FICO, a good score ranges from 670 to 739.   VantageScore considers a score of 661 to 780 to be good.

 

  • A credit score that falls in the good (680 and above) to excellent (800 and above) range should always be your goal.  Lenders will look at a variety of factors when considering a loan or credit application and higher credit scores play a huge role in getting approved at a good or the best rate.

 

  • You want to get the lowest interest rate possible and the most competitive terms possible, therefore an excellent credit score allows you to have an even better chance of being offered the best rates and terms available.

 

If you have poor or bad credit scores, you may be able to get approved by some lenders, but be prepared to pay higher rates than if you had good to excellent credit.

 

You may also be required to make a down payment (or larger down-payment) on a loan or get a cosigner.  Consider improving your credit position and pursuing your loan options at a later time if at all possible if your credit position is not ideal at this time.

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recommends keeping your credit utilization ratio below 30%.  This may not always be possible based on your overall credit profile and your short, intermediate and long-term goals, but it’s a good benchmark to keep in mind.

 

Aim for under 10% if possible!

 

Also realize that there are many credit resources available that can help you manage your credit and credit score more effectively and it is “your responsibility” to know what is available and can possibly benefit you and your family.

 

Micro lending companies, investment companies, banks, credit card issuers and many others now offer credit products and services that can assist you as you manage your credit and finances at a nominal or free level–and may be appropriate for you depending on your financial position and future goals.

 

Many different credit scoring models are available and it is important that you know what model is in use or what model your potential credit grantor will use when you apply for a loan!

 

Credit Score FAQ

 

How long will it take me to improve my credit to an acceptable level?

  • Your current credit position is unique and the time needed will vary from person to person and the type of loan that you will be pursuing along with your credit behavior over the past few years.

 

If you anticipate a major purchase such as a home purchase it may take anywhere from 1 month to 2 years to get your credit file in position to get a loan at a good rate.  However your credit patterns over the past few years will determine the real time frame.

 

By addressing your credit concerns at this time you are getting out front of your credit and your utilization of credit in the future will be more advantageous for you and your family.

 

Does checking my credit scores affect my credit?

  • Checking your credit scores and reports yourself won’t hurt your credit—it’s considered a soft inquiry. By keeping tabs on your credit scores you can spot potential issues early.  If your scores suddenly drop, it could be a sign that there’s an error in your credit report information, new credit was opened or that you may be a victim of identity theft.  In addition to your credit scores, you also want to check your credit file at the credit bureaus on a planned basis as well.  Also, credit checks by your current creditors are also considered soft inquiries.

 

  What is the maximum credit score that I should aim for?

  • Getting an 850 credit score is possible, but uncommon and unrealistic in most cases. Only about 1% of all FICO scores in the United States are 850, according to most public data.  Those with credit scores of 850 generally have a low credit utilization rate, no late payments on their credit reports and a longer credit history than most.

 

  • Keep in mind that having a “perfect” credit scores of 850 shouldn’t really be your goal.  You can still qualify for the best loan rates and terms if your credit scores are considered  excellent (roughly 800 or higher)–therefore aim for a score of 800 or more and then maintain that score and you will put yourself among the best potential lending candidates in the eyes of most–if not all–lenders.

 

What credit scores do I need to get approved for a credit card?

  • There’s no agreed upon minimum credit score needed to get approved for a credit card and issuer’s have their own criteria. Credit card issuers have different score requirements for their credit cards, and they often consider factors beyond your credit scores when deciding to approve you for a card.

 

  • In general, if you have higher scores, you’re more likely to qualify for most credit cards–and at a good or best interest rates.  If your credit is fair or poor, your options will be more limited and you may receive a lower credit limit and higher interest rate or you may have to start with a secured credit card.  If you are new to credit, you can establish a credit file within 6 months.

 

Which credit score is more important?

  • No one credit score holds more weight than the others generally speaking.  Different lenders use different credit scores and versions. Regardless of the scoring model or score that is used, making on-time payments, minimizing debt utilization, paying on time over time, maintaining different types of credit (cards and loans) and limiting new credit applications or inquiries, can help keep your credit in good to excellent shape and you will be looked at favorably by most lenders.

 

By stretching your mind and learning more about credit and wealth building, you are now on a serious path toward reaching your goals and ensuring a more prosperous future for yourself and your loved ones.

 

All the best as you are no longer “frightened” as you pursue a lifetime of credit and financial success…

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Personal Income Statement & Wealth Building

Learn how you can use your knowledge of what you earn on an annual basis to achieve more…

 

It is important that you know your income that you earn along with your expenses that you pay out on an annual basis.

 

In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will discuss the importance of looking at your income over a period of time so that you can more effectively pursue and reach your future goals.

 

In the last article TheWealthIncreaser.com discussed the importance of creating a budget or cash flow statement in concrete terms so that you could achieve more throughout your lifetime.

 

This discussion will build on that theme as it is important that you have a real grasp on how you can use personal finance statements to achieve more throughout your lifetime.

 

Although creating a “personal income statement” for the first time can be difficult and challenging for some, the benefits and time spent will be well worth it if you are now sincere in your desire (efforts) to achieve real success and build wealth in a manner that allows you to give it your best.

 

If you have a yearning to reach higher and achieve more–you can do so with a high level of determination and the inclination to look at your yearly inflow and outflow of cash into your household and use the results of that analysis to plan for a more rewarding future as you build wealth.

 

By utilizing the following 3 steps you can start on a more definite path to building wealth in the current economy–or any economy!

 

1) Complete a self-analysis of where you now are financially on an annual basis

It is important that you know what amount of income comes into your household and goes out of your household on an annual basis or a set time or interval as that knowledge is invaluable when you are in the process of building wealth.

 

Does your annual income exceed your annual expenses or is there a shortfall? 

 

You can think of your personal income statement in the same manner as your personal cash flow statement but realize that instead of monthly, it is over an interval of time such as 6 months or more commonly 12 months.

 

The following personal income statement provides you a blueprint of what you need to enter to come up with your income and expenses over a 12 month interval to help you better determine financial moves that you can possibly make in your future that can lead to more success for you and your family.

 

How to Prepare a Personal Income Statement in Simple Form:

 

Yearly Receipts (2021)

 

Wages                                                                     $_________

Dividends                                                               $_________

Interest                                                                   $_________

Rental                                                                      $_________

Royalty                                                                    $_________

Other                                                                        $_________

TOTAL Yearly Receipts                           $_________

 

Yearly Expenditures

 

Auto loan payment                                              $_________

Auto maintenance                                               $_________

Child care                                                               $_________

Clothing                                                                  $_________

Contributions                                                        $_________

Credit card payments                                           $_________

Dues                                                                         $_________

Entertainment                                                       $_________

Food                                                                         $_________

Household maintenance                                     $_________

Income & SS taxes                                                $_________

Insurance                                                               $_________

Personal care                                                         $_________

Property taxes                                                       $_________

Rent payment                                                        $_________

Mortgage payment                                               $_________

Retirement Investment                                       $_________

Saving/investing                                                   $_________

Transportation                                                      $_________

Utilities                                                                   $_________

Other                                                                       $_________

 

TOTAL Yearly Expenditures                     $_________

 

 Net Cash Flow

Total yearly receipts                                             $___________

Total yearly expenditures                           –       $___________

 

Annual Discretionary Net Cash Flow                 

$___________                                                                             

 

The above income statement is rather simplistic, however if you enter accurate data it can be used as a template to transform your financial future and help you build wealth more efficiently.

 

It is important that you know what amount of income you earn annually and the amount of payments that you pay out on an annual basis and an income statement allows you to determine in a real sense where you can go financially  in not only the coming years but also decades, if used properly.

 

If your income and expenses listed above are of a fixed amount (same dollar amount) monthly you can multiply by 12 to come up with your annual numbers.  If you have variable expenses you may want to use estimates (be sure that the estimates are realistic) or average on a monthly basis.

 

If you have 12 consecutive months of cash flow statements available you may want to total them up and use them to construct your annual personal income statement on a fiscal rather than annual basis.

 

2) Determine where you want to go based on what your income statement allows you to do

By knowing the amount of income that you have available on an annual basis (or knowing if you have a shortfall) you can plan your future with more certainty.

 

You will know the amount of income that you have available so that you can formulate goals and objectives that can move you forward and make your existence on earth a more pleasurable one.

 

You will know if you need to get more income, reduce your expenses and/or put together debt payoff plan(s) so that you can truly reach your desired goals.

 

You no longer have to live your life in a manner where anxiety rules the day–as you now are aware of a more effective way–to keep financial problems at bay!

 

3) Determine that you will manage your finances in a comprehensive manner so that you can achieve more throughout your lifetime

Now that you have a handle on your annual income and expenses you can use what you now know to plan more appropriately for a more prosperous and rewarding future.

 

You can also expand your mind by learning new areas of your finances that you may not have addressed appropriately at this time or in your past.

 

By looking at your finances in a comprehensive manner at this time you position yourself and your family for a more rewarding financial future where success is even more likely to occur.

 

Conclusion

A personal income statement may be what is needed to give you the mental picture of what you can achieve in your financial future.

 

By seeing what you earn annually and what you pay out annually with more clarity–you can move forward confidently toward who you were meant to be.

 

You can think of your annual personal income statement as a budget or cash flow statement, however instead of a monthly time period it covers a 12 month or other designated time period.  You can also more clearly visualize your “personal income statement” by looking at the net discretionary cash flow for the year as your household profit–or if you come up with a negative number(shortfall)–your household loss for the year!

 

You now know that success lives in you–use your practical knowledge of personal income statements and how you can enhance your mental qualities for the better–to really make your dreams come true!

 

Now is the time that you display your commitment to your future by mapping a path forward where you are “all in” and the wealth building that you desire is more likely to occur–due to your efforts to put yourself in position to  win–again and again!

 

All the best as you achieve a new level of success…

 

NOTE: You or your in this discussion could mean you as well as other members of your household who contribute financially whether it be your spouse or other members of your household.

 

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Cash Flow Analysis & Wealth Building

Learn how knowing your cash flow position and acting on that knowledge can lead to a lifetime of financial success…

 

In the current economy many are concerned about their financial future and are interested in improving their finances in an efficient and highly effective manner.

 

In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will make a shift from the most recent discussions that focused on inspiring you to take action and showing you action steps that could lead you toward achieving more, to discussing in concrete terms how you can improve your “cash flow position” and finances throughout your lifetime.

 

Although managing your cash flow or budget can be difficult and challenging for many, it really is not as difficult as you may think if you have an effective plan of attack and you are sincere in your desire (efforts) to achieve real success.

 

If you have a yearning to reach higher and achieve more–you can do so with a high level of determination and the inclination to look at your monthly inflow and outflow of cash into your household at this time.

 

On many occasions in the past TheWealthincreaser.com sent visitors to other pages and sites when it came to constructing a budget or cash flow statement, however in this discussion the creator of TheWealthincreaser.com will show you in precise terms how you can budget effectively in your future by taking the following 3 actions.

 

1) Complete a self-analysis of where you now are financially

In the following data (cash flow statement) you will find information that you can use to start on a path of life that you choose.  Whether you earn $50,000 per year or if you earn $100,000 per year or any other amount–you can plan your future in a more certain manner by analyzing your income and expenses on a monthly basis by creating a cash flow statement or budget–at a minimum.

 

How to Prepare Your Monthly Budget (Cash Flow Statement) in Simple Form:

 

Monthly Receipts

 

Wages                                                                     $_________

Dividends                                                               $_________

Interest                                                                   $_________

Rental                                                                      $_________

Royalty                                                                    $_________

Other                                                                        $_________

TOTAL Monthly Receipts                           $_________

 

Monthly Expenditures

 

Auto loan payment                                              $_________

Auto maintenance                                               $_________

Child care                                                               $_________

Clothing                                                                  $_________

Contributions                                                        $_________

Credit card payments                                           $_________

Dues                                                                         $_________

Entertainment                                                       $_________

Food                                                                         $_________

Household maintenance                                     $_________

Income & SS taxes                                                $_________

Insurance                                                               $_________

Personal care                                                         $_________

Property taxes                                                       $_________

Rent payment                                                        $_________

Mortgage payment                                               $_________

Retirement Investment                                       $_________

Saving/investing                                                   $_________

Transportation                                                      $_________

Utilities                                                                   $_________

Other                                                                       $_________

 

TOTAL Monthly Expenditures                     $_________

 

Net Cash Flow

Total monthly receipts                                             $___________

Total monthly expenditures                           –       $___________

 

Monthly Net Cash Flow                 

$___________                                                                             

 

The above cash flow statement is rather simplistic, however if you enter accurate data it can be used as a template to transform your life and particularly your financial future.

 

In simple form in the end you are basically subtracting your monthly outflow (expenditures) from your monthly inflow (receipts) to come up with your monthly net cash flow (discretionary income).

 

Your wages would be your “gross wages” for the month  and would be entered in the monthly receipts category along with other sources of income (cash or equivalents) that you receive on a monthly basis.

 

Your federal and state (if applicable) income taxes paid, social security and medicare (amount withheld on your pay stub(s) for the month) would be entered in the monthly expenditures category along with your other expenditures or monthly payout of cash or cash equivalents.

 

If your retirement contribution is made on a pre-tax or post-tax basis include that as well.

 

Keep in mind the statement can be further broke down into categories such as fixed and variable expenses to add further clarification as you formulate your goals.

 

The key point is that you are ready to get started on a path toward financial success and you are fully committed in doing so.

 

It is very important that “you” want to determine your discretionary income  (monthly net cash flow) or lack thereof, so that you can plan accordingly or make adjustments so that you can reach your desired goals.

 

If you come up with a low or negative “net cash flow number” there is no need to panic at this time as that is not uncommon.

 

The key is that you may need to change your habits, get more income, cut expenses or do a combination of actions to get your cash flow in the positive column in the future so that you can more effectively reach your goals.

 

In a future discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will provide an actual cash flow statement with real numbers so that you can have a real blueprint of what you can do to further enhance your finances and use the data entered as a guide to give you ideas that you can readily comprehend so that you can make your dreams come true.

 

2) Determine where you want to go based on data from your self-analysis

Can you use the data derived to move forward or must you come up with a payoff or pay down plan before you can actually make real progress?

 

Either way, as mentioned earlier there is no reason to panic! 

 

You can manage your money better on a consistent basis by being open to learning new and more empowering ways of doing so and putting what you learn into action on a consistent basis.

 

You can reach your retirement goals, you can pay off your credit card debt, you can get more income to make your life more meaningful, you can donate and spend time at your favorite charities–however it starts by leaving excuses or reasons why you can’t (or won’t) move forward behind you!

 

3) Determine to do even more to improve your finance and wealth building position

You must realize that improving your finances is a lifelong process.

 

That means you must build off of your financial analysis and decide to do even more by looking at your finances in a comprehensive manner.

 

By making a sincere effort to analyze your insurance, investments, taxes, education planning, estate planning/wills and retirement planning in a more congruent manner you can set yourself up for a lifetime of success where you control the direction as opposed to being pulled in directions that are not of your choosing.

 

Conclusion

By knowing your cash flow position at the earliest time possible you can position yourself and your family for a more prosperous and relaxing future.

 

You can use the above blueprint to change the direction of your life right now and leave all excuses and reasons that you can’t have a successful financial future behind you–once and for all!

 

Your actual numbers from your cash flow analysis will be unique to you, however the basic concept or understanding of how to move forward will remain constant for the most part.

 

If  after entering your data above you find out that you have adequate discretionary income that allows you to reach your desired goals–great!

 

If after entering your data above you determine that you don’t have adequate discretionary income you must make adjustments and possibly cut expenses, get more income or more than likely do a combination of the two!

 

It really is just that simple!

 

Isn’t it time that you forge a new and brighter future where success is more likely to occur and not just move about daily with no certainty of where you are headed?

 

All the best as you “analyze your cash flow” and set meaningful goals in an attempt to reach your highest level of success and make your money grow–so that you can once and for all put excuses to rest…

 

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Credit Tiers & Wealth Building

 

Learn why understanding “credit tiers” can help you fly at a higher level as you increase your credit score, build wealth and achieve more…

 

When it comes to credit scoring there are tiers or ranges that are better for you when it comes to getting loans at a good or the best rates when dealing with creditors.

 

Your repayment habits that you have throughout your lifetime helps build your credit file and hence your credit score.

 

The more responsible you are—the higher your credit score and the greater the probability it is that you will get a loan at a good or the best rate.

 

It is very important that you manage your credit and financial affairs at a level that is the best that is within you! 

 

By doing so you will be able to obtain credit in a way that is best for you and your family throughout the period in your life that you desire–or have a need to use credit.

 

Credit scores fall into 3 different ranges or tiers that lenders use to grant credit and the higher you fall in a credit range or tier, the better your credit terms in most cases.

 

 What is a Tiered credit score?

 

A tiered credit score falls into “3 ranges” and they are used by creditors when it comes to credit decisions from credit cards, auto loans, home loans, student loans and many other credit and consumer loans that are of a certain type, along with insurance and employment purposes.

 

Tier 1 credit cards are for people with “excellent” credit (750 and above).

 

Tier 2 credit cards require “good” credit and falls in the 700 to 749 range on the standard 300-850 point scale.

 

And Tier 3 credit cards are for “fair” credit and falls in the 640 to 699 range on the standard 300-850 point scale.

 

In addition to getting the best interest rate on credit cards, the higher your credit tier, the better the chance that you will get the best rate on home loans, student loans, auto loans and many other credit and consumer loans that are of a certain type, along with insurance and other purposes that you may have where your credit profile would be used.

 

How lenders rate credit…

 

Lenders must evaluate the risks of lending money to you and generally follow the same guidelines to evaluate a borrower’s creditworthiness.

 

By knowing what they evaluate at the earliest time possible you can put yourself in a better position for success throughout your lifetime.

 

In addition to the “5 credit factors” that will be presented later in this discussion, a creditor usually looks at three factors known as the “three Cs” and also known as Capacity, Capital, and Character when evaluating you as a credit risk.

 

  • Capacity is your present and future ability to meet your financial obligations.  Some of the areas examined would be your work history and the amount of debt that you already owe and that would be used to determine your ability to repay.

 

 

  • Character  is your trustworthiness and promptness in paying your existing bills and other debt.   Your credit history in a real sense defines your character whether you believe it is fair or not, as many lenders look at your past payment habits to determine the likelihood of future repayment.

 

In short, lenders are looking at how responsible you have been in your past when utilizing credit and accumulating assets!

 

The 3 C’s show in a real way whether you have the capacity, capital and character that is required of you when lenders are determining your ability to repay loans of various types.

 

In the past the “three Cs” was all that was needed to get a favorable decision on a loan, but in today’s information age, much more is required, such as a credit report(s) and credit score(s), and the higher you fall in the credit tier range with your credit score–the better your chances are to obtain a loan at a good or the best rate.

 

Your credit report represents a long list of your payment history, credit accounts, and other information.

 

Your credit reports are available for free at annualcreditreport.com, however your credit score is not included, and would normally have to be purchased.

 

Most importantly, you must understand what makes up your credit file and credit score—and what the major criteria is that goes into your FICO score.

 

The FICO score is named after the company that developed it—Fair Isaac and COmpany and you can get that score for a stated fee at (www.myfico.com).

 

The score is a three-digit number that falls between 300 and 850 and the higher your number, the more confidence lenders will have in your repayment ability.

 

Although other companies provide credit scores, the FICO score is the most prominent score used in the credit industry.

 

Your score will fall into a basket with other scores and it is important to know that generally more than 60% of people will have scores of 700 or more—therefore if your score is below 700, you have work to do if you desire to get in the TIER 1 range.

 

At 720 or higher (depending on the lender and type of loan), you would be considered a safer risk and you would generally receive a loan without a problem and also at a lower interest rate.

 

By gaining mastery of your credit at this time you can position yourself and your family for a lifetime of success.

 

Your FICO score is weighted as follows:

 

  • 35% Payment history.  Having a long history of making payments on time and no missed payments on all credit accounts is very important and one of the top things that creditors look for.

 

  • 30% Utilization or amount owed.  The amount that you owe relative to all of the credit that you have available is your overall utilization rate.  If you are very close to the limit on all lines of credit, you will be deemed a potential risk in the ability to repay your debt on time with many lenders.

 

  • 15% Time length of credit history.  In general, you want a credit report containing a list of accounts that have been opened for a long time–as that will help your credit score.  Your credit score would be enhanced by having older account(s) and the average age of all of your accounts would be weighted more favorably as well.

 

  • 10% Type of credit in use.  Your credit type or mix of credit cards, retail accounts, finance company loans, auto loans and mortgage loans are evaluated and weighted when your credit score is analyzed.

 

  • 10% Inquiries or new credit.  If you plan on opening several new credit accounts in a short period of time–use caution as that can result in the lowering of your credit score.  Depending on your future goals, you may want to ease into the process of opening new credit.

 

Multiple credit report inquiries can represent a greater risk, but multiple inquiries “do not” include requests made by you, an employer, or a lender who  sends you an unsolicited, “pre-approved” credit offer.

 

This type of inquiry is called a soft inquiry and would have little to no effect on your credit score.

 

In addition, to compensate for rate shopping, your credit score generally counts multiple inquiries of the same loan type in any 14-day period as just one inquiry.

 

General Guideline of How Lenders Rate Credit Scores

 

TIER 1 750 or higher is “excellent”—some lenders consider 720 or higher as tier 1

 

TIER 2   700 to 749 is “good”—some lenders consider 660 or higher as tier 2

 

TIER 3     640 to 699 is “fair”—make plans to improve

 

  • 720-higher A

 

  • Take your choice of loans at the lowest cost, including risk-based loans such as stated Income and Interest Only.  Be aware that stated Income and Interest Only loans are more difficult now even with scores over 720.

 

  • 620-719 A-

 

  • You qualify for conforming, conventional loans.  You’ll pay slightly more for risk based loans.

 

  • 600-619 B

 

  • You may take a FHA/VA loan or even a low-down payment loan with desktop (automated) underwriting.  FHA/VA now require a middle score of 620 or higher with many lenders.

 

  • 575-599 C

 

  • You can qualify for a sub-prime loan, but your interest rate will be significantly higher.  Expect a prepayment penalty.

 

  • 500-559 D

 

  • Most lenders will deny your loan, however there are a few “hard money” sub-prime lenders who will approve a loan if you have sufficient down payment.  Mortgage brokers have access to these wholesale lenders.

 

  • Only the rare sub-prime lender will approve a loan for someone with a score below 500, and a large down payment will be required—usually 25 to 50 percent.

 

  • Other conditions will apply as well.

 

  • Other Key Tips:

 

  • If your home is foreclosed—5 year moratorium on purchase of another house with many lenders

 

  • After Bankruptcy Discharge (Chapter 13) you can apply for a loan if middle score is 620 or more.

 

  • Chapter 7 with no foreclosure, FHA loan available after 3 years with many lenders.

 

  • Judgments on your credit report.  Judgments must be paid.

 

  • Judgments not paid will stop the progress of your score going up.

 

Closing Thoughts

 

It is important that you know prior to applying for a loan the importance of why you need to understand your credit position and how you can improve your credit position so that you can get a good—or the best loan available based on your credit profile.

 

By keeping in mind the above credit tiers, and knowing how to use the five credit factors to your advantage, you put yourself in position to manage your credit more effectively and efficiently at the various phases of your life.

 

You can make your stay on planet earth a more joyous occurrence by using credit wisely and mapping out your future with more clarity–so that you can go where you need to be, regardless of the chaos that you now see!

 

Even though you may take small steps now to achieve what you desire, your consistency in action will lead to you flying higher and achieving from wire to wire.

 

Now is the time that you put into motion ways to manage your credit at an optimal level and achieve the goals and dreams that are uniquely your own.

 

All the best to your credit management and “credit tier” success…

 

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Smallest to Tallest & Debt Payoff

Learn how you can pay your debt off faster and start to build wealth efficiently throughout your lifetime…

 

In the current economy many are contemplating ways that they can pay off their debt effectively and more efficiently.  Many are over-thinking their situation and remaining idle or are moving forward at a snails pace.

 

The real key at this time is determining if you are truly motivated to pay down or pay off your debt, and if so–putting together a debt payoff or debt pay down plan that you believe in and will get you the desired results.

 

There are many approaches that you can take to pay off your debt such as the debt snowball approach where you attack the smallest debt and go to the largest, debt avalanche approach where you attack the highest interest rate and move to the lowest interest rate along with many others that are too numerous to discuss at this time.

 

It is important that you realize that the real key to paying off or paying down your debt is determining “why” you want to pay off or pay down your debt and then making a real commitment to focus in on a consistent basis according to a plan that works for you and your cash flow position.

 

Do you desire to save time and interest by using the debt avalanche approach or do you feel more comfortable eliminating debt faster but paying more in interest overall by using the debt snowball or some other method?

 

Your money management personality will play a role in the debt payoff method that you consider–and ultimately choose!

 

Many of those who now have credit card debt and other revolving or installment debt are looking for creative and highly effective ways of paying off their debt.  And even though we are in the COVID-19 era–NOW may be the time for you to start on your debt payoff or debt pay down journey.

 

In many cases, the simplest and most effective path is paying off the smallest (the one with the lowest balance) debt that you now have and then working your way up to the tallest ((the one with the highest balance) debt that you owe.

 

Conceptual Understanding

 

Keep in mind that there are many other ways to pay off your debt and this strategy may not be right for you, but is one worth at least considering.

 

Even so, you still want to know that in case of a financial emergency you will find yourself in a comfortable position to still be able to pay off your debt.

 

In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will detail ways that you can pay off your debt and at the same time build a better future for yourself and your family—in the current economy.

 

If the amount of debt that you owe is at a high level and it looks difficult to pay off or pay down at this time—it is ok if you are outraged at your past behavior—however you must leave anger behind as it has the potential to slow down your progress!

 

Your outrage (motivation) at this time can get you on a path toward major debt payoff and turning your finances around and achieving meaningful goals.

 

At this time TheWealthIncreaser.com  will discuss ways that you can pay off your debt that will force your mind to take a more visual look at your debt that could lead to you becoming more inspired to pay off or pay down that debt in a more timelier manner so that you can enjoy life on your terms.

 

Let’s now look at how you can reduce your debt efficiently at this particular point in your life.

 

Smallest to Tallest Credit Card Debt Payoff

 

By starting your debt payoff method by looking at what you owe from a comprehensive perspective (analyzing all of your outstanding debt) you can put yourself in position to come up with a more efficient debt payoff or debt pay down plan.

 

By knowing your monthly income (and outlining your total debt that you have at this time) you can put yourself in real position for real success throughout your lifetime!

 

It is important that “you” know your current balances on all of your outstanding debt  and your interest rates along with what you spend based on your standard of living on a monthly basis.

 

Assuming your credit card and other monthly debt are as follows:

 

Credit Card 1  $1,560–minimum payment $30–17.99% interest rate

 

Credit Card 2  $1,970–minimum payment $30–13.99% interest rate

 

Credit Card 3  $2,460–minimum payment $50–20.99% interest rate

 

Credit Card 4  $3,975–minimum payment $70–11.99% interest rate

 

Auto Loan  $1,260–payment $300

 

Mortgage $115,600–payment $800

 

Utilities and other monthly expenses including auto and mortgage were $1,800 in total:

 

If your income on a monthly basis is now at $2,500 you would have $700 ($2,500 minus $1,800) to apply toward your credit cards and other debt on a monthly basis.  By paying the minimum amount on credit cards 2, 3, and 4 ($150) and an additional amount of $550 on credit card one you would eliminate credit card 1 which has the smallest balance in 3 months and move along to credit card two that has the second smallest balance.

 

You now have $550 that you were paying on credit card one and $30 that you were paying on credit card two ($580 total) to use to pay off credit card two and in just over 3 months from the time of paying off credit card one–or 6 months from your debt payoff start day credit card 2 would be paid off.

 

You now move to credit card three and you now have$580 plus the $50  ($630 total) that you were paying to credit card 3 to pay off credit card three in about 4 months from the payoff of credit card 3–or 10 months from your debt payoff start day–and credit card 3 would be paid off.

 

You would then have $630 that you were paying off for credit card three to apply to credit card 4 that you were paying $70 per month to pay off–meaning you would have $700 after 10 months of paying off your credit card 1, 2, and 3 to apply to credit card 4 (your tallest credit card debt).

 

Therefore, at a payment of $700 per month in less than 6 months credit card 4 would be paid off and you would be in position to use the $700 that you now have available on a monthly basis to properly establish an emergency fund if you have not done so, establish an education savings account for your child, pay off or pay down your car payment or mortgage payment more aggressively, save more aggressively for retirement or pursue other goals that you may have.

 

By using your motivation, an effective action plan and putting forth the required effort– in 16 months from the start of your debt payoff journey you would have all of your credit card debt paid off and you would be in a better position for lifetime success!

 

If your income was at $5,000 per month you could do even more by paying off the above debt even more aggressively,

 

If you lacked the income at this time (say your income on a monthly basis was less than $1,900) you would have to get more income, cut expenses or do a combination of the two.

 

If your debt payoff under the best of circumstances would take 4 years or more bankruptcy should be given real consideration “prior to” depleting your savings, retirement and other accounts.

 

That is why you must “at this time” determine ways to increase your income or cut your debt level (or do a combination of the two) so that you will not overthink your situation,  remain idle, or make bad choices by not seeing a realistic way out.

 

You now know that you can achieve optimally during your relatively brief stay while here on earth, however it is your responsibility to get the ball rolling and stay committed even when adversity occurs.

 

Conclusion

 

It is not only important, it is imperative that you come up with a plan to reduce your debt or save more aggressively so that you can reach your desired goals.

 

By making a decision at this time “you can put yourself in position to control your future” as opposed to having credit control your future.

 

You can lead your family and loved ones on a positive journey where success lives!

 

All the best as you journey toward a lifetime of success and pay off your debt from smallest to tallest or in any other manner that you see that will work for you and your family…

 

 

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Debt Payoff & Wealth Building

Learn how you can make debt work for you so that you can build wealth…

 

In this day and age it is important that you turn a new page and not live your life with rage.

 

Now is the time that you put a debt payoff plan in place so that you can achieve at all ages, increase your wages and turn new pages.

 

Even though you may now have credit card debt, you can “flip the script”  and pay off your debt and use those payments to build wealth so that you and your family benefit (not creditor’s) for the remainder of your life and beyond.

 

You can leave a legacy for future generations and live daily with confidence because you decided to seriously confront your finances and you left all excuses behind.

 

In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will show you how you can turn a negative situation such as debt payoff into a positive situation where you have over a million dollars in your account.  Keep in mind that it won’t happen overnight, however you can put yourself and your family in position to make it happen in a real way.

 

Analyze Your Cash Flow

You must know your monthly cash flow position prior to starting on your debt payoff plan if you desire to pay your debt down in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

 

You must create a personal cash flow statement (budget) at a minimum and by doing so you will open up the possibility of paying off your debt in a more timely manner–if your discretionary income is at an acceptable level.

 

If your income is not at an acceptable level you may need to get more income or cut your expenses–or do a combination of the two if you desire to make your debt pay down or debt pay off dream come true.

 

Increase your Income

You must increase your income if you are now falling short of paying off your debt in a timely manner.  You may have to get a second job temporarily to help pay off or pay down your debt in a timely manner or come up with other creative ways to increase your discretionary income.

 

In rare cases bankruptcy should be given serious consideration if your debt level is at an insurmountable level where the payoff will take greater than 5 years and you lack the means to pay off the debt.

 

This approach should normally be considered as a last resort after you have exhausted all other means as your credit will be severely affected for years–however you can make an effective recovery after bankruptcy if you are committed and you have an effective action plan.

 

You also want to use this approach (if necessary) “prior to” depleting your retirement and other financial accounts, therefore it is important that you get professional advice in a timely manner if you are currently in a difficult or distressed financial position.

 

Cut Your Expenses

In some cases you may be able to cut your monthly expenses by spending less, getting on budget or levelized billing for your utilities and looking at your variable expenses to find areas that you may be overspending in such as entertainment, clothing and the like.

 

You must look at ways that you can reduce your bills or cut expenses and the money saving can be used to reduce debt and/or achieve other goals that you and your family may have.

 

Pay Your Credit Card Debt Off in an Efficient Manner

You must come up with a debt payoff plan that is reasonable based on your lifestyle, realistic based on your ability to pay and has a definite deadline for achievement that is also reasonable.

 

You can choose from a number of payoff options such as smallest balance to largest balance (snowball approach) or highest interest rate to lowest interest rate (avalanche approach) and many other approaches that fall in between.  The real key is do you have the motivation at a high level and  are you determined to pay off or pay down your debt so that you can do xyz?

 

Why do you want to pay off this debt that you have?  Is the “why” enough of a motivating factor to keep you “locked-in” on your payoff schedule so that you can do what you desire in your future–including saving more aggressively for your retirement years?

 

Use Your Payments that You Were Using for Debt Payoff (along with other income) to Build Wealth

Once you pay off or pay down your debt you can use those payments that you were using to pay off your debt to build long-term wealth.

 

You can use the same discipline that you have become accustomed to with your debt payoff efforts to invest monthly for a consistent period of time whether it be 10, 20 or 30 years–or any time period that you desire that will take you toward the goals and objectives that you desire or need to achieve.

 

You can also use future salary or wage increases and other financial windfalls that may come your way to help build wealth more efficiently during your lifetime.

 

Conclusion

By paying off or paying down your debt at this time you can start on a path to enjoying life in the manner that it should be enjoyed.  You will put yourself in position after the debt payoff to use the funds to pursue wealth and help ensure a more prosperous retirement period once you age.

 

In a similar manner as those who promote “buy 20 year term life insurance and invest the difference” that you would be paying for whole life insurance over that 20 year period to build your future nest egg–so too can you use that same general concept when it comes to paying off your debt and building wealth.

 

For example, if you were accelerating your debt payoff  ( credit card debt of $12,400) by increasing the amount from $300 per month that you would be paying for 10 plus years before debt payoff to $600 per month for 25 months or just over 2 years–you could continue to use that $600 per month by investing consistently for 30 years and at a return of 10% per year you could have well over a million dollars in a relatively painless way.

 

Keep in mind that whether you buy term and invest the difference or pay off your debt and invest the “payoff monthly payment that you were making” to invest for a designated period–the real key is that you must have the right mental faculties or mindset to stay focused and make it happen in real time.

 

You must realize that many start on a positive note by buying term and investing the difference–however, many also fail to go the distance–they stop or cut back on their investing activity and end up falling short of what they needed or desired to achieve–such as reaching their retirement number, saving for their dream home, investing for the educational needs of their children and many other scenarios that are played out in real time based on adversity that they face at the various stages in their life.

 

Don’t let that be you!

 

And it won’t be you, because you are aware of the need to create  an emergency fund that is properly funded and you know why it is critical to do so at the earliest time possible because it helps you meet life’s emergencies without having to interrupt your long-term investing activity.

 

If you are now serious about eliminating or reducing your debt at this time you must sincerely look within and determine right now that you are willing to put forth a serious effort to pay down or pay off your debt consistently in a way that will lead to you reaching the goals that you desire or need to achieve.

 

You must always realize that while you are here on planet earth life happenings will always occur that can give your mind an easy way out as to why you “can’t” do what you need to do!  In most cases they are nothing but excuses and your mind will accept those excuses if you allow your mind to do so!

 

The good news is that you can decide to  to fight and not allow excuses or any other negative occurrence take your mind or mental thought process in the wrong direction during your lifetime.

 

Will you be in the group that allows adversity and the happenings of life to hold you back–or are you willing to move forward with an unstoppable force on the inside that says by your actions–I will be successful and I will achieve at the level that I  desire?

 

Because you control your mind and the outcomes that are in your future–the goals that you are pursuing cannot and won’t be denied because you have put together a serious debt reduction action plan and you know that you have the commitment level that is needed at this time–based upon looking deep within and sincerely accepting the challenge.

 

You are fully aware that by achieving the goals that you desire you can create a more rewarding future for yourself and your family while on earth (and even when you transition your heirs can still benefit from the actions that you took) and bring  the joy and happiness to your heart and mind that you need–and deserve.

 

Use your “new attitude” about your future success to pay down or pay off your debt and achieve any other goal that you may desire–starting today!

 

In closing, it is important that you realize that many of our past clients were unaware that they would be paying thousands upon thousands of dollars in interest for “many more years” than they anticipated if they continued on their “current” debt payoff trajectory.

 

By adding an additional amount to their monthly payment their debt payoff or debt pay down was accelerated to just a few years–as opposed to a 10 to 20 year payoff period.

 

If you are now fortunate to have discretionary income on a monthly basis you can use some or all of your discretionary income to pay down or pay off your debt and achieve other goals that you may have.

 

If you unfortunately don’t have discretionary income at this time you may need to:

 

1) increase your income on a monthly basis

2) cut your expenses on a monthly basis

3) do a combination of the two

 

You want to position your mind for continuous success and you do so by–seeing a realistic path toward making your dreams come true–and that is something that you now know how to do!

 

All the best toward your debt pay down and debt pay off success as you build your retirement nest and achieve other goals that will allow you to live at your absolute best…

 

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Floating Credit & Wealth Building

Learn how you can use credit to achieve more and avoid paying interest…

 

In the current economy many who have excellent credit or good to excellent credit are utilizing the credit system to float credit in a way that best serves their financial goal(s) and not the goal(s) of creditors.

 

Many “baby boomers” may remember floating checks for a number of days (for their benefit) in the past due to the slow processing of checks by the banking industry several decades ago. Fortunately, gen x (those born after the baby boomers), gen y ( millennials) and gen z (those who followed the millennials) don’t have to contend with the slow processing of the past as many financial transactions seem to happen instantly.

 

However, the opportunity to float credit (for your benefit) is available to you and all who have the desire to do so in the current economy.

 

In this discussion The Wealth Increaser.com will look at a number of ways that you can use credit to your advantage (float credit) so that you can avoid paying interest, gain rewards that fit your lifestyle—and use the card to make purchases that you normally make anyway—to achieve more credit wise—and in the management of your overall finances.

 

Avoid Paying Interest

 

If you have excellent credit you can use zero percent credit cards (many are available that provide up to 18 months of zero percent interest) to make purchases on grocery, lifestyle purchases, clothing and other purchases you normally make on a monthly basis.

 

In some instances credit cards can be used in ways you don’t normally use credit such as tuition and related fees, monthly utility payments and the like.

 

As long as you have the monthly income (discretionary income), a properly funded emergency fund and the mastery of your credit  at your disposal—you can use your credit card(s) to manage your finances to your benefit and pay zero percent interest as long as you pay off the balance within the promotional period (i.e. the 18 month period).  Keep in mind that you will have to make a “minimum payment” during the promotional period based on your balance.

 

Alternatively, you can use your credit card that does not have a zero percent promotion to charge in the same manner discussed above, however to avoid interest you would have to pay off your balance monthly (usually within 30 days).

 

You can also use your creativity to come up with other ways that you can avoid paying interest by effectively using credit—based on your unique financial position and your future goals.

 

For example, if your goal was to purchase a vehicle, house or other major purchase you might want to do that first—then start avoiding the payment of interest based on the above strategies.  In short, it all depends on your outlook for your future and how you want to go about achieving your future goals.

 

Use Reward Cards More Effectively

 

If you have excellent credit you can use reward cards to reward yourself for utilizing the card and get the perks that you desire or may find to be of benefit to you and your family.

 

If you are a frequent flyer you can find a number of reward cards (including many that are issued by the airliner) that will assist you. If you like to eat out a lot, purchase grocery, gas, household goods, furniture and the like—you can find reward cards that will reward you at various levels when you use them.

 

We all have a purpose for our life and the direction that we all take will differ.  Many credit card issuers recognize this reality and offer perks or rewards in many forms that are designed to entice you to make purchases with their card.  As long as you are wise in your approach and you have a handle on your finances–you can make reward cards work for you and not against you during your lifetime.

 

Manage Your Credit & Finances on Purchases You Normally Make

 

You can use zero percent cards, reward cards and make the decision to manage your credit more efficiently by utilizing your credit in a wise manner.

 

You already know that you must eat on a daily basis, take transportation or travel to various destinations, purchase household items etcetera—so why not do that and at the same time avoid paying interest and make one (or a few depending on how many credit cards you use) monthly payment(s) for all of those items at one time—thus helping you manage your finances more efficiently and in many cases more effectively.

 

You can also use this approach to see where you are spending on various categories on a monthly basis as many credit card issuers will provide you a breakdown of where spending on the credit card went.

 

In addition to a helpful monthly breakdown of your credit activity by category many credit card issuers will also provide you a helpful chart and possibly tips and other promotions based on your spending habits.

 

You can use this information for budgeting and planning your future in a more precise manner.  This information can help you get on a serious path to managing your finances more comprehensively throughout your lifetime if you are not doing so at this time.

 

Conclusion

 

If you have excellent credit and a meaningful understanding and handle on your current finances you can use many strategies to get out in front of your credit usage.  It is imperative that you have analyzed your cash flow, established a sufficient emergency fund and analyzed your credit and finances  in a comprehensive manner prior to using the “floating credit” strategy mentioned in this discussion.

 

You can choose to float credit and build wealth more efficiently as one of many strategies in the overall planning of your financial future.

 

If you are one who likes to avoid the use of credit at all costs—you can continue to do so !    If you now have no credit card debt or you can pay off your credit cards (if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of owing credit card companies at this time) and then stop using credit–you can put yourself in position to get ahead financially!

 

However, if you desire to “float credit” in an effort to achieve more financially—it is ” the hope of TheWealthIncreaser.com that this discussion has given you some insight on how you can get it all started or continue to use credit to your advantage throughout your lifetime.

 

You don’t want to get in a position where creditors are in control and you are paying them interest on a monthly basis at anywhere from 10% to 25% by “carrying a balance” and not paying off the debt in a timely manner! 

 

You must avoid that scenario or put together a plan to get out of that scenario at the earliest time possible!

 

If you decide to apply for a zero percent interest card or a reward card be sure that you always pay on time  and you must be keenly aware of the effect that a new card will have on your credit utilization, credit time length, credit type and inquiries as a “hard pull” by creditor’s can pull your score downward some for a certain time period and negatively affect your credit file(s).  

 

Therefore, you want to use your best judgment if you anticipate a major purchase where your credit will be utilized in the near future as your credit and credit score may affect your ability to qualify for the loan or line of credit.

 

You may also not know your “credit limit” (the total amount of credit available for use on your card) until the hard pull of your credit is done and the card is granted to you in almost all cases.

 

Also, be aware of processing fees, convenience fees and other fees when you use your card in a non-traditional way such as at a public or private university, governmental agency, quasi-governmental agencies and the like as those fees can eat away at your zero percent interest and/or rewards in a way that makes paying with credit less appealing when the fee(s) are factored in.

 

In addition, look for the opportunity to “triple dip” by finding a card that offers zero percent for a time period certain, rewards and the ability to help you manage your credit more effectively and efficiently by providing you the monthly breakdown of your spending activity and possibly your credit score—all with one card.

 

However, if you now owe credit card companies you must come up with a pay off or pay down plan so that you can use credit to your advantage by “floating credit” or “not utilizing credit” because you have the cash flow and/or net worth that allows you to make the decision to utilize or not to utilize credit—your choice—not creditor’s!

 

Or another way of looking at it is “you” are in control of your credit and financial future!

 

To keep it short and sweet, you have learned how to use credit cards in an intelligent, consistent and proactive manner so that you can achieve more throughout your lifetime and you now know how to make credit work for you and not against you and you are now on your way to managing your finances more responsibly by seeing your future with more clarity.

 

In addition, if your credit is not where you want or need it to be “at this time” you can start now on moving toward excellent credit by frequenting this site.

 

By doing so you can start on a real path to getting your credit right.

 

Isn’t it time you approach your credit in an intelligent, consistent and proactive manner so that you can achieve more throughout your lifetime.

 

All the best toward your “floating credit” success….

 

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Personal Credit Makeover & Wealth Building

Learn how a Personal Credit Makeover  can help you Build Wealth more efficiently…

 

Improving your credit in the current economy has been the goal of many over the past few years and particularly since the major market downturn of 2008.  Those of you who are in need of a credit makeover often wonder—exactly where do I start.

 

After hours of contemplation and re-arrangement in our last discussion in order to make the topic understandable to the largest number of people possible,  TheWealthIncreaser.com will try to concisely explain how you can have a personal credit makeover that can position you and your family properly–so that you can experience wealth building throughout your lifetime in a more efficient manner.

 

As you pursue your personal credit makeover or start on a path to establishing and/or improving your credit—there are critical questions that you must ask yourself (and answer appropriately) prior to even getting started!

 

3 of the most critical questions that you must ask yourself are:

 

1)      What can I do about my current credit position?

 

2)      What am I going to do in regards to my current credit position?

 

3)      What do I desire to achieve and more importantly “how” will I go about achieving what I desire to achieve in my credit and financial life?

 

You must answer those questions in a careful, analytical, accurate and critical manner.  As you journey on your path to managing your credit in a more focused and highly beneficial manner you must ask yourself the following questions and come up with real solutions that must be catered to your unique goals and outcomes that you desire as you work diligently to improve your credit.

 

1)      What can I do about my current credit position?

 

It is important that you ask yourself that question and it is important that you have an appropriate answer to that question.  You must search out and find the best ways to achieve your goals—or you must find a way that will work for you—that will lead you toward making your dreams come true.

 

Do I have a blueprint in my mind of the steps that I can take to achieve in a more efficient and effective manner and improve my current credit position in a definite manner?  Now is the time for you to answer and address those questions in as a sincere manner as possible.

 

2)      What am I going to do in regards to my current credit position?

 

What are the concrete steps that you are going to take as a result of your credit education that you have attained throughout your lifetime and that you are mastering at this time?  Are you at a point in your life where you are determined to take consistent action in a sincere manner

 

Now is the time that you force your mind to answer this question honestly and then you must take the action (or inaction) that you have decided to take!  You cannot half-heartedly approach your personal credit makeover goal and you must realize that it is your consistency in action that will lead to you taking on another role!

 

3)      What do I desire to achieve and more importantly “how” will I go about achieving what I desire to achieve in my credit and financial life?

 

Do you want to improve your credit to a level that allows you to do what needs to be done to reach your goals?  If so, you must have a comprehensive plan that takes you toward your goals.  Once you reach your credit goals you must not stop—re-imagine your life and go about achieving at your highest level of excellence while you are here on earth.

 

You must have the preparation and knowledge that is needed so that you will know how (the steps that you need to take) you will go about improving your credit and building wealth more efficiently!

 

Conclusion

 

By creating a cash flow statement or budget—cutting expenses and living beneath your means for a limited time you can put yourself in position to pay off or pay down your debt and begin to make your money grow.  By thinking at a higher level on a daily basis and using your creativity—and this page—you can set yourself and your family up for a lifetime of success.

 

You don’t have to make first-time mistakes, you can learn from others how not to do it—you can learn from this site how to do it right and you can learn how to create systems and develop strategies that will take you toward your unique goals.  And always realize that hope is not a plan but it is a good starting point.  You must make it a point to consistently remain active and engaged as you pursue your goals!

 

You must always realize that after your credit makeover when you apply for a loan, lenders typically assign interest rates based on what bracket your score falls into.  If you plan on purchasing a car, home, insurance or even seeking new employment—many lenders are using credit scores as a “first look” to see how responsible you are.

 

You must also understand that the most widely used score comes from a company called FICO.  Your actual credit score will fall in a range from 300 to 850 based on the FICO weighting factors—and the higher your number, the better.

 

You want to aim for anything over 740 (is considered excellent) because it will qualify you for the best rates.  If your score is below 640, you’ll pay much higher rates on loans and credit cards, and some lenders will even deny you a loan.

 

Even a small drop in your credit score can make a big difference in what you’ll pay for credit in the current economy. If you have a score of 640 you could possibly get a 30-year mortgage at 4.3% at today’s rates; if your score was 730 you’d qualify for a loan at just 3.5%.

 

That’s over a thousand dollars a year less in interest, or over $30,000 over the life of your loan that you would pay!

 

Your credit score is generated based on the information in your credit report. The way your FICO score is calculated is not precisely known but the way in which FICO weigh the various factors are known:

 

35%    Negative information or payment history

 

30%   Utilization or amount owed

 

15%    Time or length of history

 

10%   Type of credit used

 

10%   Inquiries or new credit

 

After your mastery of the credit factors and this page, don’t forget that it is also very important that you not allow adversity  to destroy your commitment level and your determination to continue even when you face setbacks.  Faith and patience go hand in hand when you are facing adversity!  You also need a written plan of action that will take you to a place that you know you need to go—or that you want to go.

 

In the end it will be your faithpatience and a plan of action that you believe in that will take you to where you should be.

 

By knowing that you can get through any adversity that you face and realizing that better days lie ahead—you position your mind to take the necessary action that will lead you toward your goals!

 

You must always realize that you must confront your reality in order to change your reality.  You cannot go along in life hoping that things will change or going along with the flow (taking what life dishes out at you).  It is imperative that you at this time make the decision to confront what you need to confront and know that success lies in the horizon.

 

The bad decisions that you have made in your past and that you may make in your future must not deter you from taking action now.   By making the decision to give it your best in all that you do–you are setting your heart and mind up for making your dreams come true.

 

It is important that you understand that it is how you learn from your challenges and bounce back–knowing  that the success that you desire lies ahead if you continue to believe–and continue to achieve!

 

You must always know that you can get through adverse situations—just as you have done in past situations that looked bleak at a particular time in your life.

 

By doing so—you put your mind on a path to real success and you put your mind in a more “joyful mood” even while you travel through adverse situations.

 

All the best to your personal credit makeover and wealth building success…

 

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College Graduates & Credit Building

Learn why “College Graduates” should “Build their Credit ” in as effective a manner as possible…

 

With the high school and college graduation season kicking into full bloom the creator of TheWealthIncreaser.com thought that a helpful page to get students who are transitioning from the educational world to the working world a real opportunity to attain success in the management of their credit and finances—was a timely topic to focus on.

 

In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will present helpful tips and actions that those who are—or will soon be entering into the employment community can do to manage their credit and finances more effectively.

 

Set Up a Financial Management System

 

As a new entry into the workplace you must have a financial management system starting with setting up your own checking and savings account if you have not done so already.  You must not overdraw your account by writing checks or spending in a random fashion without knowing your account balances.

 

You must establish an emergency fund early in your life stage so that you can put yourself in position to manage your credit and finances optimally throughout your lifetime.

 

You must also get a credit file started  (or continue to improve your current file) if you  anticipate the need to effectively utilize credit now or  in your future.  Establish several credit cards in your own name and/or get added to a card or two on your parents credit card account(s) and within six months or so you will begin generating a credit file.

 

An auto loan could also help start the process of building your credit file.  Hopefully you graduated without student loan debt, however if you were unable to avoid that debt—that too could help you generate a credit file and help you establish or manage your credit more effectively.

 

Be sure to use your credit cards responsibly and pay off the balance in a timely manner…

 

You don’t want to over extend on your credit card usage or have too many credit cards.   The right number depends on your future goals, your current cash flow position and how effectively you manage your credit—and overall finances!

 

You must have a system (and personality) that allows you to pay off your debt (monthly bills) in a timely and consistent manner.

 

Whether you set up bill pay or you decide to pay by written checks (or if you do a combination like TheWealthIncreaser.com does) you must know your monthly and annual inflow and outflow of cash.  By knowing this information you can quickly determine if you need to cut expenses, get more income—or do a combination of the two.  In addition, you want to get into a habit of “periodically obtaining a copy of your credit file” to verify the accuracy and see where and if you can make improvements.

 

How to Order a Credit Report

 

You may order your credit reports at no cost once per year from the three major credit reporting agencies by going to www.annualcreditreport.com.

 

In order to see your entire credit history,  you should review the records from “each” of the major credit bureaus or agencies:

 

Transunion—West and Midwest focus originally but nationwide now

Equifax—South and Eastern focus originally but nationwide now

Experian—Western and Southwestern focus originally but nationwide now

 

If you live in Los Angeles, Transunion and/or Experian may have a more complete file on you while Equifax  may be missing several accounts that you may have.   If you live in Atlanta, Equifax may have a more complete file on you while Transunion and Experian may be missing several accounts that you may have.

 

In some cases all three credit agencies may have the same number and type of creditor(s) on file…

 

However, the only way for you to know “with certainty” is to pull your own file from “each” of the credit agencies!

 

Don’t do like many who currently manage their credit do–fail to have a consistent plan of action–and more importantly “fail to implement” a consistent plan of action when they do have an effective plan at their disposal.  You want to start off your credit building and life–by displaying the best qualities possible as you pursue your goals.

 

By reviewing your records from “each” of the major credit bureaus or agencies you get a better CAMERA shot of your overall credit profile.

 

Get the picture…

 

Again you can go to AnnualCreditReport.com to get your file from all three credit agencies.  You can go to MyFICO.com to obtain your actual credit score for a stated fee.

 

Always remember that you are also entitled to a free copy of your credit report within 60 days after being turned down for credit, employment, or insurance because of information supplied by TransUnion, Equifax or Experian.

 

What to Look for in Your Credit Report

 

You want to verify that your personal and credit information is correct! 

 

If errors are discovered you want to immediately report them in writing or do an online dispute to the agency in which you see the error(s).  After that follow up to ensure that the requested action was done by the credit agency  or agencies that you found the errors on.

 

Conclusion

 

You want to “enter the workplace” with the knowledge of what you need to do to manage your credit and finances in a proactive manner.  By focusing in at the earliest point in your “life stage” you can get a real jump on effectively managing your credit and finances in a manner that serves your best interest.

 

You will be in better position for your home purchase, your gym membership, the auto purchase of your dream, the vacation(s) of your dream(s), buying the latest technology products, saving for retirement, weekly entertainment and pursuing and achieving many other goals that will come along as you move along in life.

 

It is the desire of TheWealthIncreaser.com that you will take a serious look at your future at this time and decide to use a more intelligent, consistent and proactive approach as you journey towards your destiny or purpose for being while here on planet earth.

 

Congratulations on your graduate success…

Now is the time that you give it your best–since you have just passed your final test…

 

Use what you have learned in this discussion to forge a great future ahead…

By graduating this year TheWealthIncreaser.com knows that you are well read…

 

Go out into the world and change it for the better…

You now possess the tools that are necessary for doing so in any kind of weather…

 

All the best to your credit building and life success…

 

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