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Superduper2014
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Fico thresholds 2023

Hello guys.. I was just wondering about this post from 2019

 

The known thresholds are 8.9%, 28.9%, 48.9%, 68.9%, and 88.9% (maxed). Actually, that's simplifying things a bit. Exactly 9% should be OK, but you'd hate to miscalculate by a penny or two and have 9.0000001% turn into 10% for scoring purposes. Smiley Happy

 

28.9% is considered "reponsible" borrowing, and it generally puts one in the second best scoring tier. If cards that report positive balances are at 28.9% or below, your report will look good.

 

"The general wisdom is that overall utilization of 8.9% or below, individual card utilization of 28.9% or below, and a single card reporting a balance will optimize the revolving portion of one's score. Individual card utilization is determined by the card with the highest utilization.

 

Some have reported being dinged at less than 8.9%/28.9%, though, and we haven't really pinpointed why.

That's why we recommend AZEO (a single card reporting a tiny positive balance) when one needs every possible point and hasn't done the testing to see how his profile reacts to balances."

 

I am looking to update myself on these since I am getting ready for applying for new cards and my ficos are high, but you know how it is.. I want to be even more sure I will get the cards I need. 

 

Any advise is much appreciated. 

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GatoradeZeroGuy
Valued Contributor

Re: Fico thresholds 2023

the ideal? applicant typically has one card with an extremely small amount reporting with all of their other cards reporting $0

 

regardless of the score implications, the actual amount of debt you owe is likely a consideration

 

if you have 100k in credit, and 8k reporting and make $30k a year, it's cool that it's "less than 10%" but that's an extremely large amount of debt for the income level 

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CH-7-Mission-Accomplished
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Re: Fico thresholds 2023


@GatoradeZeroGuy wrote:

the ideal? applicant typically has one card with an extremely small amount reporting with all of their other cards reporting $0

 

regardless of the score implications, the actual amount of debt you owe is likely a consideration

 

if you have 100k in credit, and 8k reporting and make $30k a year, it's cool that it's "less than 10%" but that's an extremely large amount of debt for the income level 


You are 100% correct in terms of how a lender would view your application, taking into account the "whole picture," but in terms of the FICO score, FICO doesn't know how much you earn, so the score should be the same if the ratios are the same as in your example.  

There is a caveat that I've read about from one of our former FICO stars on "Brand X" forum, and he states that there IS a consideration of the absolute dollar amount owed within the ratio.   Presumably this means that somebody with, for example, $5000 owing on one card with 29% owing on that one card and 8.9% owing in the aggregate, FICO would treat it more harshly than someone who owes, for example, $500.

I have never tested this, but it's something to keep in mind.   Apparently there can be some scoring difference based on absolute dollar amounts even though FICO doesn't know your income.

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Thomas_Thumb
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Re: Fico thresholds 2023


@Superduper2014 wrote:

Hello guys.. I was just wondering about this post from 2019

 

The known thresholds are 8.9%, 28.9%, 48.9%, 68.9%, and 88.9% (maxed). Actually, that's simplifying things a bit. Exactly 9% should be OK, but you'd hate to miscalculate by a penny or two and have 9.0000001% turn into 10% for scoring purposes. Smiley Happy

 

28.9% is considered "reponsible" borrowing, and it generally puts one in the second best scoring tier. If cards that report positive balances are at 28.9% or below, your report will look good.

 

"The general wisdom is that overall utilization of 8.9% or below, individual card utilization of 28.9% or below, and a single card reporting a balance will optimize the revolving portion of one's score. Individual card utilization is determined by the card with the highest utilization.

 

Some have reported being dinged at less than 8.9%/28.9%, though, and we haven't really pinpointed why.

That's why we recommend AZEO (a single card reporting a tiny positive balance) when one needs every possible point and hasn't done the testing to see how his profile reacts to balances."

 

I am looking to update myself on these since I am getting ready for applying for new cards and my ficos are high, but you know how it is.. I want to be even more sure I will get the cards I need. 

 

Any advise is much appreciated. 


Fico penalizes for too many cards reporting balances and for no recent revolving activity.

 

The penalty for no recent revolving activity is often 20 points. So, make sure the card reporting is a revolving credit card - not an AMEX charge card and not an AU card. Preferrably not a store card either unless it is cobranded as a Visa/Mastercard.

 

The penalty for 2 cards reporting nominal balances vs 1 is typically 0 to 5 points max. So, don't fret about the possibility of 2 cards reporting.

 

You really should test your own profile. I don't subscribe to AZEO or trivial balance $5 reporting. If you must try AZEO, keeping the reported card utilization under 9% is sufficient.

 

Test it.

 

P.S. Fico does mention it looks at aggregate amount owed in absolute terms but, it has minimal weight. A few with higher aggregate CLs have tried to tease out $ amount thresholds. I speculated a low end threshold might exist around $6k based on my data but, other things started coming into play.

Fico 9: .......EQ 850 TU 850 EX 850
Fico 8: .......EQ 850 TU 850 EX 850
Fico 4 .....:. EQ 809 TU 823 EX 830 EX Fico 98: 842
Fico 8 BC:. EQ 892 TU 900 EX 900
Fico 8 AU:. EQ 887 TU 897 EX 899
Fico 4 BC:. EQ 826 TU 858, EX Fico 98 BC: 870
Fico 4 AU:. EQ 831 TU 872, EX Fico 98 AU: 861
VS 3.0:...... EQ 835 TU 835 EX 835
CBIS: ........EQ LN Auto 940 EQ LN Home 870 TU Auto 902 TU Home 950
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Superduper2014
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fico thresholds 2023

Thank you guys.. 

I will be experimenting. 

I have overall credit util of 7%,

I currently have 3 cards under 29%,

1 at 9%

1 at 3%. 

 

I am able to pay down to zero the 9% and 3% and bring one of the 29% down to 9%. 

At that point i'd have: 

2 at 29% 

1 at 9%

 

My fico 9s are:

Experian 783 

Equifax 818

Transunion 792

Not sure why there are discrepancies here on the ficos, but they have they same exact info. 

 

In any case. 

 

This means from wha has been said here that 

1)  29% owing on one card and 8.9% owing in the aggregate, FICO would treat it more harshly than someone who owes, for example, $500. 

In this case I would still not be in such great shape if I still have 2 cards at 29%, even if I pay the other smaller ones. 

 

2) Fico penalizes for too many cards reporting balances and for no recent revolving activity.

In this case it would benefit me to pay off 2 cards completely as I would not be penalized for too many cards with balances. 

 

I am trying to allocate my resources correctly for maximum score upgrade in the next 2 weeks. (totally possible due to my reporting dates on these cards)

 

Any suggestions appreciated!!!!  thank you thank you

 

 

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FireMedic1
Community Leader
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Re: Fico thresholds 2023


@Superduper2014 wrote:

Thank you guys.. 

I will be experimenting. 

I have overall credit util of 7%,

I currently have 3 cards under 29%,

1 at 9%

1 at 3%. 

 

I am able to pay down to zero the 9% and 3% and bring one of the 29% down to 9%. 

At that point i'd have: 

2 at 29% 

1 at 9%

 

My fico 9s are:

Experian 783 

Equifax 818

Transunion 792

Not sure why there are discrepancies here on the ficos, but they have they same exact info. 

 

In any case. 

 

This means from wha has been said here that 

1)  29% owing on one card and 8.9% owing in the aggregate, FICO would treat it more harshly than someone who owes, for example, $500. 

In this case I would still not be in such great shape if I still have 2 cards at 29%, even if I pay the other smaller ones. 

 

2) Fico penalizes for too many cards reporting balances and for no recent revolving activity. Or all cards a $0 Balance. Activity is ok. Just pay them before the statement cuts. Get your rewards.

In this case it would benefit me to pay off 2 cards completely as I would not be penalized for too many cards with balances. 

 

I am trying to allocate my resources correctly for maximum score upgrade in the next 2 weeks. (totally possible due to my reporting dates on these cards) Max score would be AZEO. 1 card reports around 6%. The rest report $0 balance.

 

Any suggestions appreciated!!!!  thank you thank you

 

 


Good Luck in 2 weeks.


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SouthJamaica
Mega Contributor

Re: Fico thresholds 2023


@Superduper2014 wrote:

Hello guys.. I was just wondering about this post from 2019

 

The known thresholds are 8.9%, 28.9%, 48.9%, 68.9%, and 88.9% (maxed). Actually, that's simplifying things a bit. Exactly 9% should be OK, but you'd hate to miscalculate by a penny or two and have 9.0000001% turn into 10% for scoring purposes. Smiley Happy

 

28.9% is considered "reponsible" borrowing, and it generally puts one in the second best scoring tier. If cards that report positive balances are at 28.9% or below, your report will look good.

 

"The general wisdom is that overall utilization of 8.9% or below, individual card utilization of 28.9% or below, and a single card reporting a balance will optimize the revolving portion of one's score. Individual card utilization is determined by the card with the highest utilization.

 

Some have reported being dinged at less than 8.9%/28.9%, though, and we haven't really pinpointed why.

That's why we recommend AZEO (a single card reporting a tiny positive balance) when one needs every possible point and hasn't done the testing to see how his profile reacts to balances."

 

I am looking to update myself on these since I am getting ready for applying for new cards and my ficos are high, but you know how it is.. I want to be even more sure I will get the cards I need. 

 

Any advise is much appreciated. 


I don't agree that these thresholds are meaningful. Plus it depends on what metric you're talking about, and what you mean by "threshold".  When I talk about a threshold I mean a line of demarcation, where there is a significant difference between being above or below the line, and the difference is markedly different than what it would be with more gradual changes.

 

If you're talking about individual revolving account utilization, I consider 28% and 48% thresholds.

 

If you're talking about aggregate revolving account utilization, I don't believe there are any thresholds. The lower the better; the higher the worse.

 

If you're talking about aggregate instalment loan utilization, I consider 9% a major threshold.

 

If you're talking about individual instalment loan account utilization, I don't believe there are any thresholds.

 

 


Total revolving limits 741200 (620700 reporting) FICO 8: EQ 701 TU 704 EX 685

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Superduper2014
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fico thresholds 2023

@SouthJamaica 

Thank you for your insight on this. 

 

I am trying to focus on my goal. Which is applying to a couple of cards. 

I guess for that, creditors will look at the score and also other variables of their own interest. 

In this context, you believe that leaving the cards I currently have at 28% instead of bringing a couple down to 8.9% would yield same results for approvals? 

 

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SouthJamaica
Mega Contributor

Re: Fico thresholds 2023


@Superduper2014 wrote:

@SouthJamaica 

Thank you for your insight on this. 

 

I am trying to focus on my goal. Which is applying to a couple of cards. 

I guess for that, creditors will look at the score and also other variables of their own interest. 

In this context, you believe that leaving the cards I currently have at 28% instead of bringing a couple down to 8.9% would yield same results for approvals? 

 


No I don't. I was talking only about the existence of FICO score thresholds. And actually I was talking only about FICO 8 score thresholds.

 

It will always improve your chances for approval, and almost always increase your scores, to reduce your revolving utilization.

 

E.g. Let's say your aggregate revolving utilization is 15%, and you reduce it to 5%. Have you crossed any "threshold" (as I have defined the term)? Not in my opinion. But have you increased your scores? Yes. Probably significantly. And have you increased your chances of approval? Yes. In that scenario, reducing your utilization would be major.

 

And if you couldn't reduce it to 5%, but could reduce it to 12%... Have you crossed a "threshold"? No. But have you helped your scores and approval odds? Yes.

 

Just because you haven't crossed a "threshold" doesn't mean you haven't improved your scores.  Reducing utilization always helps.


Total revolving limits 741200 (620700 reporting) FICO 8: EQ 701 TU 704 EX 685

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Superduper2014
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fico thresholds 2023

I see what you mean. 

 

Well.. I will be reducing my revolving util regardless of the thresholds that are circulating around. So hope my plan works out. 

 

Thanks

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