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Advice: To opt out or not?

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Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

So I spent some time trying to decide what to do with my citi..keep w/high interest rate or cancel and keep 11.24 rate...I opted out of card.  Why would I spend that kind of interest keeping a card that I did not want to use again anyway???  I called my other CC companies and to transfer to a lower rate they charge you a fee to do that, and that would be an expense again!!!  I was told by citi my rate would stay the same if the prime does not move up until I pay off the card.  These companies all have us by the 'whatever' and we all need to wake up and pay them off and never charge again! 
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New Contributor

Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

WHOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have Citi identity monitor, which has a "custom scenario" builder.  I set up the scenario of closing this account, and my equifax score went *UP* 14 points!

 

Am I at the point where I have so many revolving accounts that closing a few would increase my scores, even though utilization would go up?

 

I hope this is the case!  I might close a few more! (I have about 15)

 

 

 

 

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Re: Advice: To opt out or not?


bogfrog wrote:

WHOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have Citi identity monitor, which has a "custom scenario" builder.  I set up the scenario of closing this account, and my equifax score went *UP* 14 points!

 

Am I at the point where I have so many revolving accounts that closing a few would increase my scores, even though utilization would go up?

 

I hope this is the case!  I might close a few more! (I have about 15)

 

 

 

 


Slow down, I don't think that is a simulator for a FICO score.  I can't think of any scenario where losing available revolving credit boosts your FICO score.  Closing the card won't erase it from your credit history or keep the balance from counting towards your utilization.  That being said, there are occasions where cancelling cards is the better financial and credit management option, but rarely if ever does it result in an increased FICO score.  You should never close a card that doesn't have a $0 balance or that you can't afford to PIF immediately.  

Message 33 of 44
Established Member

Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

Wow!!!!!!!!!!  Great info.  I have not done the myfico options to see if I close some will increase my rate.  I sure hope you are right.  I will also do that too, but that seems strange.  yes I cancelled the account, but I still have that balance too!  I would think on equifax and the other credit b's, it will still show a balance?!!  uummm
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Established Member

Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

I think JoeB is correct.  It should not increase your FICO score, even though it would make sense to have less availability out there to get into debt.  All of this is interesting, for sure.  I did cancel it, cause of the 29.9 rate..I mean, who is that stupid to accept that option??????? 
Message 35 of 44
Valued Contributor

Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

Unless tha scenario buildr actually uses FICO scoring it is a moot point.

And honestly 14 points is normal score isostasy
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Message 36 of 44
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Re: Advice: To opt out or not?


dee wrote:
I think JoeB is correct.  It should not increase your FICO score, even though it would make sense to have less availability out there to get into debt.  All of this is interesting, for sure.  I did cancel it, cause of the 29.9 rate..I mean, who is that stupid to accept that option??????? 

It's not a bad option for everybody.  You have to keep in mind that there is more to a card than just the interest rate.  If you're a PIFer, the interest rate could be 10000%, you'll never pay it.  It depends on what else the card offers, for many, it could still be worth keeping. 

 


usmc58555 wrote:
Unless tha scenario buildr actually uses FICO scoring it is a moot point.

And honestly 14 points is normal score isostasy


 

 

Isostasy, there's a word you won't here in everyday conversation LOL.

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Established Member

Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

I'll take 14 points anytime!!!!!!  Does not happen that often for me, even tho I'm in the high 700's.  
Message 38 of 44
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Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

bogfrog, How do you get a Citi Monitor?  Do you have to pay for that?  thanks..
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Re: Advice: To opt out or not?

+14 is isostacy?  Really?  I've been at exactly the same score--not a point different--for over 8 months. (668Eq/673Exp/656Tu, as always...)
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