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caliborne
Posts: 263
Registered: ‎03-27-2008

Score change question

My TU Score dropped from 684 to 675, even with paying down from 88% to 73% utilization

and now they tell me I have too many accounts at 25, I had 25 account last time I checked as well.

(I've actually paid down more debt but it hasn't updated yet).


Any explanation? the only baddies I have are two very old late pays of 30 days (both over 3 years old).
FICO 6/2/08 , EX 754, 5/2 TU 720 EQ 722
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fused
Posts: 16,256
Registered: ‎03-12-2007

Re: Score change question



caliborne wrote:
My TU Score dropped from 684 to 675, even with paying down from 88% to 73% utilization

and now they tell me I have too many accounts at 25, I had 25 account last time I checked as well.

(I've actually paid down more debt but it hasn't updated yet).


Any explanation? the only baddies I have are two very old late pays of 30 days (both over 3 years old).

I see your util deceased 15%, but did you have another account(s) reporting a balance that were not before.
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RobertEG
Posts: 17,456
Registered: ‎03-19-2007

Re: Score change question

You can often have positive actions that would lead you to believe a score increase must be forthcoming.  However, it is not your credit report alone that determines your FICO score.  FairIsaac has approx. ten different algorithms that they use to generate your consumer score, and many others that are purchased by industry-specific lendors, such as auto or mortgage lendors.  There is no single algorithm that is used, and thus often what appear to be illogical scoring changes result from a shift in the use of a new algorithm to generate your score.. Which algorithm is used to generate your current score depends upon the category group you fall in that best compares you with similar consumers.  These are often called scoring buckets on this forum. 
I have also seen published articles on different sites stating that the FICO algorithm, even in individual buckets,  is adjusted periodicaly as they assess risk factor changes within the population.  One factor I have seen mentioned by credit analysts is the shifting view on the risk factor based on the number of open CCs, as consumer trends and habits have changed significantly due to agressive actions by CCCs to solicit new acoounts through the offer of low introductory rates. 
Bottom line is, dont expect that the agorithm used to generate your credit score last month will be the same one used to generate it this, or next, month.

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