"For the first time in years, consumers can obtain their FICO Scores and credit reports from all three major U.S. credit bureaus," said Geoff Smith, vice president of myFICO.com. "This is important because many lenders use multiple credit reports and FICO Scores in credit decisions."
While lenders consider different kinds of information when making lending decisions, this information almost always includes a credit report and FICO Score. A credit report is a history of a consumer's credit activity, while the FICO Score provides an assessment of the information in the credit report in order to predict how well a consumer will handle credit in the future. Each FICO Score from myFICO.com is accompanied by a credit report from the corresponding credit bureau and an explanation of the credit information that had the greatest impact on the score.
"Consumer Action is pleased that the FICO Score based on Experian data will be available to consumers at myFICO.com," said Linda Sherry, director of national priorities for the 42-year old nonprofit consumer education and advocacy organization. "Consumers need to know their FICO Scores from all three national credit bureaus because lenders use all three to determine consumers' creditworthiness and all three scores, when viewed together, give consumers the best indication of their overall credit history and current potential as borrowers."
"Checking your FICO Score regularly is a savvy financial practice," Smith noted. "It's part of being an educated and informed consumer, and taking control of your financial life. Just as you should periodically check your credit report from each of the three bureaus for accuracy, you should also monitor your FICO Score for unexpected changes. A strong FICO Score will save you money by helping you secure the best available rates when applying for credit."
"This offering improves the choice consumers have when buying credit information to monitor their credit profiles or decide whether to apply for a new loan," said CEB TowerGroup Senior Research Director Craig Focardi. "This is especially important for consumers because when consumers apply for mortgages, their lenders also use the FICO Score from each major credit bureau."
About the FICO® Score
With over 10 billion FICO® Scores used worldwide to empower lenders to make credit decisions, the FICO® Score has become the standard measure of U.S. consumer credit risk. FICO® Scores are used today in more than 20 countries on five continents, as well as all of the top 50 U.S. financial institutions and both the 25 largest U.S. credit card issuers and auto lenders. Ninety percent of credit scores purchased by lenders are FICO Scores according to Tower Group.
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