For years credit scores were the best kept secret from consumers by credit bureaus that calculated them.
Only lenders and other credit providers knew what went into a score and how much it weighed on the score’s compositions.
But thanks to pressure from consumer groups and other government agencies, over time not only the credit score number itself has been made available to consumers, but also how the score is determined.
Knowing what affects their scores and by how much, consumers will have a better means in managing their finances.
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