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Citi Slashed Credit Line - What is this score!?

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Re: Citi Slashed Credit Line - What is this score!?

OP, I am sorry to hear about your CLD. May be you can call them and see if they would restore the limit. Right now due to the economic down turn every lender is reducing their exposure. Try giving them a call and see if they can restore your limit. Good luck.

As of 1/5/2020 - EQ 576 / TU 600 / EX 566
As of 6/28/2020 - EQ 613 / TU 620 / EX 608
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@concorduser wrote:

OP, I am sorry to hear about your CLD. May be you can call them and see if they would restore the limit. Right now due to the economic down turn every lender is reducing their exposure. Try giving them a call and see if they can restore your limit. Good luck.


 

 

You keep saying that as if it doesn't happen without "economic downturn" cliche.

This is normal behavior for lenders when balances do not appear like they will get paid, or when they are increasing while making minimum payments or close to it. 

 

Lenders are willing to tolerate balance (and collect interest) as long as customer doesnt appear to be heading straight for the default. 

 

The whole point of balance chasing is to prevent additional charges being made.

It's unpleasant, but it's how it always worked. 

 

We're not helping anyone by pretending that any and all credit issues are somehow related to today's issues. 

In majority of balance chasing cases, issues leading to it started long time ago.  

 

 

I read that banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.
If that was the case my scale would have negative numbers.
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Re: Citi Slashed Credit Line - What is this score!?

In this instance calling them isn't going to work IMO, unless you're calling to make a large payment. Amex restored CL's are very different, it was likely due to non use or very little on a large CL. So by calling in one might indeed get the limit restored. I highly doubt any Lender is going to restore a CL with increasing balances though.

 

The only way to fix this is to pay the balances down and give it time. If you don't the rising UT is only going to compound the problem of lowering you score and possible AA from other Lenders.

 

Good Luck OP!






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@NJCasper wrote:

Citibank slashed the credit lines on both my cards, making the limit on them slightly above my current balance ...

 


I remember the feeling of getting that notice for the 1st time -- yuck! The ironic part, in my case, was for the many months prior they had been sending me convenience checks, like clockwork, and raising my CL. "Oh, okay, they must really want me to use this card." Smiley LOL

 

Btw, my balance-chasing happened during an economic upturn

 

The good news is now that you know what's up, once you get square, you always can ghost them. Smiley Wink

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Re: Citi Slashed Credit Line - What is this score!?


@Remedios wrote:

@concorduser wrote:

OP, I am sorry to hear about your CLD. May be you can call them and see if they would restore the limit. Right now due to the economic down turn every lender is reducing their exposure. Try giving them a call and see if they can restore your limit. Good luck.


 

 

You keep saying that as if it doesn't happen without "economic downturn" cliche.

This is normal behavior for lenders when balances do not appear like they will get paid, or when they are increasing while making minimum payments or close to it. 

 

Lenders are willing to tolerate balance (and collect interest) as long as customer doesnt appear to be heading straight for the default. 

 

The whole point of balance chasing is to prevent additional charges being made.

It's unpleasant, but it's how it always worked. 

 

We're not helping anyone by pretending that any and all credit issues are somehow related to today's issues. 

In majority of balance chasing cases, issues leading to it started long time ago.  

 

 


@Remedios just came from a Chase Auto CLI DP thread with people having "better luck" with this type of behavior then pif, or slowly max out over 12-15 months and then PIF all before promo expiries.

 

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@elixerin wrote:

@Remedios wrote:

@concorduser wrote:

OP, I am sorry to hear about your CLD. May be you can call them and see if they would restore the limit. Right now due to the economic down turn every lender is reducing their exposure. Try giving them a call and see if they can restore your limit. Good luck.


 

 

You keep saying that as if it doesn't happen without "economic downturn" cliche.

This is normal behavior for lenders when balances do not appear like they will get paid, or when they are increasing while making minimum payments or close to it. 

 

Lenders are willing to tolerate balance (and collect interest) as long as customer doesnt appear to be heading straight for the default. 

 

The whole point of balance chasing is to prevent additional charges being made.

It's unpleasant, but it's how it always worked. 

 

We're not helping anyone by pretending that any and all credit issues are somehow related to today's issues. 

In majority of balance chasing cases, issues leading to it started long time ago.  

 

 


@Remedios just came from a Chase Auto CLI DP thread with people having "better luck" with this type of behavior then pif, or slowly max out over 12-15 months and then PIF all before promo expiries.

 


You're wrong again. 

What you read is anecdotal account by a few with LONG ESTABLISHED HISTORY, GREAT SCORES,  AND REST OF THEIR CARDS NOT SUFFERING FROM UTILIZATION ISSUES. 

One maxed out card on otherwise good profile is typically not a problem.

 

Whenever you're looking at any data points, it would be wise to remember that correlation does not imply causation.

 

And yes, I used caps. 

I read that banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.
If that was the case my scale would have negative numbers.
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@Remedios wrote:

You keep saying that as if it doesn't happen without "economic downturn" cliche.


This happend to me few months ago. BOA started balance chasing my card. I decided to pay them bare minimum so they can not do CLD. I ate interest for few months. I paid the entire balance in full expecting a steep CLD or account closure. Nothing happend after that. My limit remained intact. I called BOA and asked them to restore my earlier limit and they restored it. Trust me at that time my credit was in ruts. 7 Collections and 19 Charge Offs and no Bank would have tolerated me. But BOA let me keep my account and restored my Limit. I have been a customer for 14+ years so they did take it into consideration.  Some times it does not hurt talking to Bank and let them know. If all fails OP can just resort to paying the bare minimum on the account and wait it out few months. Every ones situation is different and I can not speak. I can only tell what happend to me. BOA is a friend for my life now.

As of 1/5/2020 - EQ 576 / TU 600 / EX 566
As of 6/28/2020 - EQ 613 / TU 620 / EX 608
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@NJCasper wrote:

Citibank slashed the credit lines on both my cards, making the limit on them slightly above my current balance. In the letter, they listed the reasons - Too many recent increases in balanes; average balances too high, report shows too many inquiries, too many recently opened accounts, balances vs limits too high.  But the thing that really got me, was a weird score they got. They said I could contact Trans Union.. so must be a TU score.. yet MYFICO claims its hanging at 655; while Citibank says "the consumer agency above provided us with your credit score of 332 as of May 12" and it says scores can range from 1 to 2500... what is this about. Is Myfico not giving us the right scores is this another of those fako ones - I though this service was legit. Or am I missing something here?

 


So, getting back to the actual question...

 

I don't recall ever hearing about a credit score with a range of 1 to 2,500.  
OP, can you scan from paper, or screen shot of the "score disclosure" page, including any references to this "consumer agency"? Cut out any personal information from the image result. Having the reference info about the score source, including the boring fine print may jog some memories here.  

High Bal Jan 2009 $116k on $146k limits 80% Util.
Oct 2014 $46k on $127k 36% util EQ 722 TU 727 EX 727
April 2018 $18k on $344k 5% util EQ 806 TU 810 EX 812
Jan 2019 $7.6k on $360k EQ 832 TU 839 EX 831
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@CreditCrusader wrote:

@kerplunk wrote:

@CreditCrusader wrote:

That odd range that you received is not at all uncommon. I've personally seen a variety of score ranges that do not reflect the 300-850 FICO model.

 

On a related note, I've always been curious about the "90% of creditors use the FICO model" verbiage routinely passed along here. Frankly, that has not been my experience. I've had a near-equal mix of multiple Vantage and FICO versions given to me by multiple CCCs over the years. I think that "90% of mortgage lenders and top-line CCCs like AMEX, Discover, and BOA use FICO scores" is a bit more accurate...and even those top-line lenders toss FAKOs into the mix.

 

All that having been said, I'm sorry to read of your reduced line. These are indeed trying times relative to a great many things, including credit.


You may be confusing what lenders use versus what they give you access to. Just because you can see a VantageScore on their online portal does not mean they use that themselves.


I'm not confusing anything. I've seen the scores, ranges and score model names on the letters for years...and I know full well the difference between the FAKO scores many CCCs give you and FICO scores (though they are sometimes congruent).

 

Now, it's worth pointing out that I do not use AMEX, BOA, Citi or Discover, even when I get offers. My credit is a pretty wide mix relative to lenders, but I choose those who give me the least hassle as the years pass as opposed to those who would pad my UTIL and obscure balances carried for FICO scoring purposes.

 

My point was that tossing "90%" out is likely more reflective of TOP-TIER CCCs and mortgage lenders, not the credit industry as a whole. My experience differs from others...and I doubt that I'm on an island by myself with that.


What lenders have you see with non-FICO scores in use?

 

I'm not saying there isn't a multitude of scores out there but 90% is easily believable in my experience: the volume the majors, credit unions, mortgage and auto industries use for underwriting decisions are all FICO and they dwarf the number of decisions made by every other lender combined.

 

Honestly the first major inroads made by Vantage even happened recently with Synchrony switching completely to VS4 for underwriting, but most other lenders have not gone that route though some like Chase are using internal scores for a lot of their credit card decisions at least.

 




        
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@kerplunk wrote:


You may be confusing what lenders use versus what they give you access to. Just because you can see a VantageScore on their online portal does not mean they use that themselves.


Not quite this situation, and maybe I am misremembering but I thought at some point that if a lender gave a FICO score (rather than something else) free to their users on a periodic basis, that had to be the version that they used for decision making?  (So some FICO rule, that doesn't apply if the issuer gives a Vantage score.  They can still use FICO for decision making)

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