Boost Your Credit Score

      Its one of the most important numbers in your financial life... your credit score.{} But according to new numbers from credit rating agency FICO more than 1 in four Americans have scores of 599 or lower, making them a poor risk.That's more than 43 million Americans.{} And since banks are tighter with loaning money, it could mean more people will have a tougher time financing big purchases, like homes and cars.

      FICO scores go as high as 850.{} 599 or below is a red flag.... as banks consider borrowers in that range a risk. So, what goes into your credit score?{} These numbers are from FICO:{}

      • 35% payment history.{} Most important thing is paying bills on time. Late payments can stay on your credit history for years.{} Bankruptcies and foreclosures show up for 7 years.
      • 30% amounts owed.{} The next most important factor is how much you owe.{} Basically, the bigger the balance, the lower your score.
      • 15% length of credit history.
      • 10% types of credit.
      • 10% new credit.{}{} Don't try to get around it by opening up new cards...{} because multiple credit inquiries in a short period also dings your score.

      {} And keep this in mind... you can't fix your credit, if you don't know what's wrong.{} So take a look at your credit report for negative information, and work on the things that could make your score higher.{} To get a free credit report go to