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Business News/ Money / Personal Finance/  Credit score vs credit report: The differences that matter
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Credit score vs credit report: The differences that matter

Many borrowers do not know the difference between credit score and credit report. A credit score is a three-digit number reflecting your credibility in the market. A credit report underlines details of the same.

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Are you aware of the difference between credit score and credit report? (Pixabay)

Your creditworthiness, as evaluated by your credit score and credit report, holds significant importance when seeking loans or credit cards. A favourable credit score can enhance your chances of loan approval with lower interest rates, translating into reduced monthly payments.

A credit score is a three-digit numerical representation used by lenders to gauge your credit risk. A credit score is a numerical representation, typically ranging from 300 to 900, that reflects an individual’s creditworthiness. It is derived from the individual’s credit history and payment behaviour concerning credit products such as loans and credit cards. Lenders utilise this score to gauge the borrower’s ability to repay and to assess the lending risk associated with them.

In India, three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and CIBIL—exist, each employing its distinct credit scoring model. However, they share similar factors in calculating your credit score.

The pivotal factors influencing your credit score encompass:

Payment history: The foremost determinant of your credit score is your track record of timely payments. Lenders seek evidence of your consistent payment history.

Amount of debt: Lenders scrutinise your debt-to-income ratio to ensure you are not overburdened with debt. Excessive debt can adversely affect your credit score.

Length of credit history: A longer credit history is preferable to lenders, indicating responsible credit management over time.

Recent inquiries: Every time you apply for a loan or credit card, a hard inquiry is initiated on your credit report, temporarily impacting your credit score.

To enhance your credit score, consider these measures:

Timely bill payments: Punctual bill payments are the most effective means of elevating your credit score.

Maintain low debt levels: Strive to keep your total debt below 30 per cent of your credit limit.

Extend credit history: If your credit history is short, contemplate responsibly using a credit card to augment its length.

Minimise hard inquiries: Only apply for loans or credit cards when certain of approval to prevent unnecessary credit score dips.

A credit report serves as a comprehensive account of your credit background, documenting your past loans and credit accounts. It encapsulates details such as your payment history, outstanding debt, credit history duration, and includes adverse details like delayed payments, defaults, bankruptcies, or accounts sent to collections. Credit reports are assembled by credit bureaus utilising data furnished by creditors, lenders, and public records.

A credit score is determined by evaluating the information within your credit report. The precise factors considered in this calculation may vary depending on the credit scoring model in use but typically encompass your payment history, outstanding debt, credit history duration, and the variety of credit accounts held.

When making lending decisions, lenders take both credit reports and credit scores into account. While the credit report offers a comprehensive perspective on your credit history, the credit score provides a swifter and more convenient means of assessing your creditworthiness.

Effectively managing both your credit score and credit report constitutes a vital aspect of financial well-being. By implementing measures to enhance your credit, you can become eligible for loans and credit cards with lower interest rates, leading to long-term savings.

 

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Published: 10 Sep 2023, 11:56 AM IST
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