One of my credit card companies has monthly posting of my FICO score on my online account. I notice that it will occasionally say I have had inquiries, yet I have not applied for anything or given permission for anyone to pull my credit. 2 questions: How can I find out who has made the inquiries, and can I moniter when inquiries occur? Can companies do unsolicited inquiries, and if yes, how can I stop it? Thanks
This directly addresses a question I have had. I'm a 23-year-old student in grad school (3 more years til I graduate) with 1 CC (Visa) with a limit of $11,250. I have two current loans totaling $14,500 and two loans from undergrad that are paid off. I just checked my FICO score and it is 751 (down from 772 last July, prior to the two current loans). I also own my car outright. I'm wondering if I should get a second CC, and if so what company I should go with. Obviously my CL is more than fine now but I would like to take some proactive steps to continue my good credit scores. Any suggestions? Edited to add: I will definitely be taking out two or three more loans next fall, and probably the same in fall 2009. Don't know if that matters...
TheNewWorldMan wrote: This is why I recommend young folks get four or five credit cards as soon at their scores pass 700. N.B.: "Getting" is NOT the same as "charging to the max." This has several advantages: 1) If you're just starting out, you're not going to be looking for a mortgage. Mom and Dad are probably helping out with the car payment. So if your score tanks 20 points due to the inquiries, no big deal. Within a year it will pop right back up again...plus the gainage from showing up for your financial life on time for that year, and the benefits of low utilization. The youngster's score might drop from 700 to 675 from inquiries and new accounts, but within a few months, it will be back to 700, and after a year and a half, probably 730 or so. 2) This will place the young person in an excellent position to finance an automobile. Now, rather than starting out with one credit card, and having the installment loan chop the person's average age of accounts in half, the installment loan's new age will be weighed against the existing ages of the four or five maturing credit card accounts. 3) By college graduation, the consumer will have a FICO of 760 or so, credit limits in the $5-10K range, and be in a prime position to buy a home.