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what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

Hey guys, 

 

I think I am missing an important point regarding the credit score with this factor: 

 

Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

I keep my utilization under 10% to 15% and pay off each card the same day that I receive the statements. from my 10 cards I use 3 occasionally (mostly 0% utilization and use them only to keep them open)

but I get this "too many cards with balances" all the time and it lowers my credit score.

I also do not know what the statement cut date means, and it probably has to do with this problem.

 

Here is the full explanation of the factor:

Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

FICOScores consider the number of credit card accounts with balances that a person has in their credit report, including balance amounts that appear from the most recent account statements—even if that balance was paid off. Your FICO Score was impacted because of the number of credit card accounts with balances that you have.

 

I'd appreciate it if you can guide me on how to deal with this issue and manage the credit cards to tackle it.

 

Thank you

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Anonymous
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

The amount on your statement is what is reported to the bureas in MOST cases (there are some cards that have report dates that are different from statement dates US Bank and Elan financial report the balance from the last day of the month). If this amount is not zero then you are actually reporting a balance and showing utilization, for optimal scores you would want only 1 card to report a balance. 

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Anonymous
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

So, does it mean that I need to pay off the card before the report date? thus, the statement balance should be zero?

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Horseshoez
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances


@Anonymous wrote:

So, does it mean that I need to pay off the card before the report date? thus, the statement balance should be zero?


Yes, pay them off before the due date, and if you want them to report zero, then pay off any late charges which have trickled in between your payment and the day the statement is due to be cut.  That said, many folks here advocate AZEO (I'm not one of them), in which case, let all of your cards report zero except for a very low (say under $50) balance on one card.

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FireMedic1
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances


@Anonymous wrote:

Hey guys, 

 

I think I am missing an important point regarding the credit score with this factor: 

 

Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

I keep my utilization under 10% to 15% and pay off each card the same day that I receive the statements. from my 10 cards I use 3 occasionally (mostly 0% utilization and use them only to keep them open)

but I get this "too many cards with balances" all the time and it lowers my credit score.

I also do not know what the statement cut date means, and it probably has to do with this problem.

 

Here is the full explanation of the factor:

Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

FICOScores consider the number of credit card accounts with balances that a person has in their credit report, including balance amounts that appear from the most recent account statements—even if that balance was paid off. Your FICO Score was impacted because of the number of credit card accounts with balances that you have.

 

I'd appreciate it if you can guide me on how to deal with this issue and manage the credit cards to tackle it.

 

Thank you


FICO likes less than 50% of the total cards reporting a balance. Use the cards all you want for the perks. But pay them off before statement cuts. The fewer accounts reporting, the better it is. Points gained. You can use as much as you want of the card. The util part is the % that is reported. Not what you charged in a billing cycle. Good Luck!


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coldfusion
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances


@Horseshoez wrote:

@Anonymous wrote:

So, does it mean that I need to pay off the card before the report date? thus, the statement balance should be zero?


Yes, pay them off before the due date, and if you want them to report zero, then pay off any late charges which have trickled in between your payment and the day the statement is due to be cut.  That said, many folks here advocate AZEO (I'm not one of them), in which case, let all of your cards report zero except for a very low (say under $50) balance on one card.


The due date is key here.  If you are pushing a payment from your bank it needs to have posted with balance updated by the due date.  If you are logging online to your credit card account and pulling a payment from your bank you can typically do that before the online cutoff time on the due date (varies by issuer, can be anywhere from late afternoon EDT/EST to midnight EDT/EST) and have the payment be credited on that date even if it isn't processed for another 1-2 days.

 

IMO under normal circumstances AZEO is functionally usually more trouble than it's worth unless someone is in a position where they need to eke out every last FICO point, for example if they are right at or very near a threshold of qualifying for a lower rate on an upcoming mortgage application.

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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances

say for my card the statement is cut by the 10th of every month and the due date is on the 20th (just for instance). So, the best payment policy would be to pay the whole balance off before the 10th? then the statement balance would be 0?

(I definitely always pay off before the due date, but it is not enough)

if not then when would be the best time to pay the card off in the above scenario?

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coldfusion
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances


@Anonymous wrote:

say for my card the statement is cut by the 10th of every month and the due date is on the 20th (just for instance). So, the best payment policy would be to pay the whole balance off before the 10th? then the statement balance would be 0?

(I definitely always pay off before the due date, but it is not enough)

if not then when would be the best time to pay the card off in the above scenario?


You wouldn't find a senario with those dates in real life, but we'll work with them here as an exercise. The difference between the statement and due dates are known as the grace period and in real life is usually somewhere around 23-25 days.

 

Your statement (which tells you how much you owe) is dated on the 10th, and it specifies the 20th as the due date.  That means that the entire balance as reported on the 10th has to be received and processed by the card issuer by the 20th for the account to report a $0 balance.   Mailing a check on the 20th, or pushing a payment from your bank on the 20th, won't count.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SouthJamaica
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances


@Anonymous wrote:

say for my card the statement is cut by the 10th of every month and the due date is on the 20th (just for instance). So, the best payment policy would be to pay the whole balance off before the 10th? then the statement balance would be 0?

(I definitely always pay off before the due date, but it is not enough)

if not then when would be the best time to pay the card off in the above scenario?


It should be noted that if ALL of your accounts report a zero balance you would get a scoring penalty.

 

So the more zero balances, the better, except that you should let at least one account report a small balance before you pay it off.

 

If you want to avoid being penalized for having too many accounts reporting balances, you should have the majority of them reporting zero balances.

 

And if you want to have the absolutely optimal number of accounts reporting balances, that number would be one.


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KatSoDak
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Re: what does it mean: Number of bank/national revolving accounts with balances


@coldfusion wrote:

@Anonymous wrote:

say for my card the statement is cut by the 10th of every month and the due date is on the 20th (just for instance). So, the best payment policy would be to pay the whole balance off before the 10th? then the statement balance would be 0?

(I definitely always pay off before the due date, but it is not enough)

if not then when would be the best time to pay the card off in the above scenario?


You wouldn't find a senario with those dates in real life, but we'll work with them here as an exercise. The difference between the statement and due dates are known as the grace period and in real life is usually somewhere around 23-25 days.

 

Your statement (which tells you how much you owe) is dated on the 10th, and it specifies the 20th as the due date.  That means that the entire balance as reported on the 10th has to be received and processed by the card issuer by the 20th for the account to report a $0 balance.   Mailing a check on the 20th, or pushing a payment from your bank on the 20th, won't count.

 


 @coldfusion Are you sure this is right?  If OP pays after statement (The 10th in their example), the balance won't be zero. Statement balance is what reports, isn't it?

 

 

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