Credit diversity or “types of accounts,” in credit report speak, is a minor factor that determines about 10% of your credit score in most scoring models.
It measures how you have handled different types of credit accounts, currently and over time. Since it is measured by the scoring models, it also can be managed or influenced by you. Like most things related to credit scores, it is best accomplished over time and with a strategy.
There are three types of accounts credit scoring algorithms consider:
What Is NOT Part of Credit Mix?
Best practices to optimize credit diversity
Inquiries are required by law to be on your credit report for 2 years.
Inquiries are only about 10% of your credit score.
Because it can impact your credit score you still need to manage it to optimize your score. Especially if you are now or will be actively looking for credit in the near future.
Types of inquiries are described by the industry jargon of "hard" and "soft."
The proportion of balance to limits on revolving charges
While your payment history is the most heavily weighted element in credit scoring models, how you use and pay your credit cards accounts comes in a close second. The proportion of your credit limit you have already accessed-regardless of payment history-affects your score in most scoring models. Here are some key takeaways:
30% of your credit score is determined by “Proportion of Balance to Limits on Revolving Accounts.” It shows how you use and pay credit cards and other types of revolving debts.
Below is a formal definition. For me, a revolving account is one where you can access credit to the pre-established limit without further approvals from the creditor. Your monthly payment can be as low as an agreed-upon minimum to the full amount owed. Credit cards, home equity lines of credit (HELOC) and personal lines of credit are all examples of revolving debt.
Fact: The less of your available credit you use, the better it is for your credit score.
The proportion of balance to limit is called your Credit Utilization Ratio (CUR). Your credit utilization ratio is calculated by BOTH individual tradelines and in the aggregate. Here are some CUR considerations:
Take the CUR
There are 3 ways to improve your CUR:
CUR Best Practices: Be proactive
A great credit score is 750++ on all credit scoring models. Having such scores is an important part of living a MoneySmartLife.
Here are 11 benefits of having and maintaining great credit scores.
It is not just how much money you make; it's how much you keep that makes the difference in your life.
Getting the most for your money is one way to do that. Making the right buying decision is an important skill to master. And a great habit to develop. Here's a way to do that:
Comparison shop everything, all the time, not just the "big items." To do that successfully you must be able to compare prices on your most frequently purchased items. To do so, you must use Unit Pricing. You can compare “apples to apples” with the Unit Price. Here is how to know and evaluate the unit price: