Recently the weather gave us notice that Nature was about to bring about a season change. Like it or not, ready or not the seasons will change. According to wise King Solomon in Ecclesiastes, everything under heaven has a season.That would include the American and global economies. And importantly, seasons change.
The economy's season is changing. Possible recession, the impact of tariffs on prices, and stagnant wage growth. In the words from HBO's Game of Thrones, "Winter is coming."
Part of financial well-being is "the capacity to absorb a financial shock." The key is your CAPACITY. Here are four strategies to do now to increase your capacity.
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Okay the BK is discharged. Now let's start rebuilding your credit score. This not a quick fix. It also assumes you have effectively dealt with whatever caused you declare bankruptcy whether it be situation, lifestyle, or lack of financial capabilities.
This strategy is front-loaded with a long term payoff because of the BK credit restoration timeline. A BK can be on your credit report for up to 10 years. The good news is that its impact lessens on your credit report the further removed it is from the present. You may be eligible for a mortgage or auto loan in much less time if your other factors are strong.
Here are the six steps to rebuild a perfect credit score:
1.Be wary of credit repair companies.
2. Start now. Be patient.
4. Check your credit reports 90 days after BK and then at least annually thereafter.
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