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Why am I being penalized for cc utilization when it's so low??

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Why am I being penalized for cc utilization when it's so low??

One of the reasons sited for lowering my FICO score is in the area of cc utilization. It shows I have $81 on one credit card out of $400 available credit. It shows I have $31,900 available on a different credit card with $0 balance. The weird thing is that I'm not connected to the second cc anymore - I was an authorized user on my then-husband's AMEX card but haven't been since 2009, but all three bureaus still count it as available credit line. So why am I being penalized for utilization? And why does it still show as available credit on the AMEX when I'm not on it anymore?? It still shows as 0% utilization on cc's even though there's $81. Do I spend more like $300 on that cc with the $400 limit to finally get recognition for utilization because I'm safe with the AMEX credit limit or will that, too, hurt my score?


Starting Score: 500
Current Score: 631
Goal Score: 700


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Re: Why am I being penalized for cc utilization when it's so low??

Is the AMEX card the type  where the balance is due in full each month? If so this is a charge card and not included in your credit utilizattion.  

Equifax My FICO score 814 11/29/2016, Discover TU FICO 807 12/29/2016 Citibank Equifax Bankcard FICO score 827 12/27/2016 Average of Accounts 13 years and no Installment accounts, 1 TU inquiry in 2015
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