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Unused Credit Cards - Can Your Unused Credit Cards Hurt You?

By Edited Oct 23, 2015 1 1

Managing Your Unused Credit Cards!

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If your basic goal is preserving your credit scores, you had better leave that extra card open, but not inactive. Based on the list of cards in your pocketbook, I'd suppose the card with no activeness is one you hang on to in event of a emergency. Keeping one card for an emergency is a smart move, since that little piece of plastic could come in handy when an unforeseen event catches you without sufficient cash on hand.

Consequently, unless that spare card is causing legitimate problems, such as a annual or inactivity fee, causing unrestrained enticement to spend or posing identity theft risks...There likely isn't a good grounds to close that account. After all, a zero balance on a credit card account won't hurt your FICO score, but closing an account might. As well knowing which Credit Card Debt Facts will hurt you the most is important.

If your card stays inactive, however, the bank might cancel it for you. That's because sooner or later the card issuer will close the account due to inaction, because maintaining the account active costs the lender money.  In past months, lenders have become anxious to close accounts in an attempt to protect their revenues. Alternately, the card issuer may begin demanding that the consumer charge a minimum amount monthly to keep it open. No matter of who closes an account, your credit scores might fall due to a alteration in a key credit scoring ratio.

Closing your account causes you to lose the usable credit limit related with it. Your utilization rate, as well called your balance-to-limit ratio, will step-up as a outcome of closing the account. That could make a temporary turn down in your credit scores. That's an crucial consideration if you are about to apply for a loan.

Unused credit cards
To get an approximation of how your usage ratio could be impacted by closing an account, let's suppose each of your 4 cards has a credit limit of $2,000, for a aggregated total of $8,000 in usable credit. Let's as well suppose that over those 4 accounts, you've got a total debt owing of $4,000. Then your inactive card gets closed, lowering your available credit down to just $6,000. Now, rather than using 50% of your credit availably, you're now using 67% of your usable credit. That higher dimension makes you look to be at more risk as a borrower, since you're that  closer to maxing out your usable credit.

Your credit scores will reflect this change, though the real scoring harm will differ from borrower to borrower. The FICO score evaluates all the data on your credit report. So the score affect from any one process, such as closing down your account, will hinge upon what additional data is present on the credit report. It's also a good idea to Check Your Credit Score at least once a year.

Fortunately, using that emergency card a couple of times may preclude its closure by the bank, and may assist your credit scores positivity. For instance, you may charge a repeating subscription fee, such as Netflix, or a monthly bill, such as your cellular telephone bill, to your emergency card. By placing these regular charges on your account, you won't be in reality accepting additional debt but should keep the card alive.

Just make sure that you always pay your accounts when due and in fully, as those 2 steps are essential for establishing good credit. Keeping the account open, utilizing it to make little purchases and paying off the balance fully every month is a effective way to keep up your credit scores and may help improve them, particularly if you've had recent credit troubles.

If you have been a creditworthy borrower, it's improbable that an account closure will have very much affect. Since the most crucial steps for good credit require making payments promptly, not carrying unreasonable debt and applying for new loans only when it's necessary. If you are In Credit Card Debt you should seriously look at getting it down quickly to avoid paying $100's in interest!

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May 24, 2011 6:26pm
Deborah-Diane
This is great information for anyone who is just learning about the best ways to maintain their credit score!
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