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CREDIT [kred-it]

(noun) Confidence in a purchaser's abilty and intention to pay, displayed by entrusting the buyer with goods or services without immediate repayment

Credit. Credit Scores. Credit Reports. What does it all mean? Figure out how being credit savvy can save you heartache and money, now and later in life.

What is credit?

Credit allows you to buy now and pay later based on the trust that payment will be made in the future. Having credit is important because it typically determines how much you will be permitted to borrow, for what purpose, for how long and at what interest rate.

It also shows the level of "confidence" lenders have in potential borrowers. This depends on many factors. Some of those factors include:

  • Your income as indicator of the ability to repay debt in relation to debt acrued
  • The amount of borrowing you have done
  • How well you have handled repayment for debt

How does my credit impact me?
Credit reporting and credit scores
Establishing Good Credit
Bankruptcy and Identity Theft

How does my credit impact me?

Credit can have a major impact on your future. Bad credit can suggest you are a risky bet and may impede you from being able to make major purchases (such as a car or home) later in life. This could impact interest rates available to you when you try to borrow a loan. Some may look at bad credit not only as a sign of financial irresponsibility but also a sign of irresponsibility in other areas such as work ethic. Good credit is often viewed as an indicator that your financial situation-- and life-- are on the right track.