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transfering balances lowers FICO???

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transfering balances lowers FICO???

I transfered a balance from one CC to another. The receiving card was at 0 before the transfer.
 
So my overall debt load hasn't changed but by Equifax went down by 30.
 
Will it go back up when they realize the debt load was just transfered?
 
Or does putting a balance on a card at $0 count as a "new account"?
 
thanks.
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Re: transfering balances lowers FICO???

Did you close any accounts?
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Re: transfering balances lowers FICO???

Check your credit report for this. Both cards might be showing balances because the first one has not posted the transfer payment yet but the second card shows a balance. To the FICO score it see this as twice the balance. When the first card reports paid the balance went back to where it was and your score will bounce back. It does not count as a new card when you transfer a balance unless you just applied for it. It looks like you doubled your balance on your credit report one month. No harm done. I do it all the time. It only messes with your score for up to 30 days. It can also have the opposite effect too. Credit score can jump and then come back down if the first card reports paid before the second card reports new balance on it. Smiley Happy

Message Edited by ilovepizza on 06-13-2007 03:11 PM
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Re: transfering balances lowers FICO???

Be mindful of your cycle dates. Manage.
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