August 11, 2021
If you're in the process of improving your credit, you're probably eager to learn how often your credit score will update to reflect your positive activity. Here are three things you'll need to know:
To understand how often credit scores are updated, it's important to look at how your score is calculated in the first place. A credit score isn't a static rating that increases or decreases on a monthly basis. It's an ever-changing number created directly from the data in your credit report, a long-term record of your credit behavior.
In fact, your credit score only materializes the moment your credit report is pulled, such as when you're applying for a new credit card or mortgage. When that happens, the information in your credit report is run through a credit-scoring model (FICO® and Vantage® being the most widely used), producing the number that lenders use to gauge your creditworthiness.
So how often do credit reports update? The three primary credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, update their credit reports on a monthly basis although they receive data from lenders, financial institutions, utility companies, and more at varying times throughout the month. Lenders share both positive and negative details about your credit management with the major bureaus, including:
Timeliness of past payments
The status of your account (e.g. good standing, closed, delinquent)
The balance on your account
Your credit score usually only changes by a few points each month. A significant shift in your score typically signals one of three things:
Late payments can wreak havoc on your score, especially if the payment is 30 or more days delinquent.
If you suddenly max out one of your credit cards, your credit utilization ratio (available credit vs. credit used) may jump and reduce your credit score. On the contrary, if you suddenly pay off one of your credit card balances, your ratio will drop and your score may improve.
If you're involved with a legal dispute around money owed, the judgment can land on your credit report if the judge doesn't rule in your favor. Negative public records such as bankruptcy filings, tax liens, or civil judgments can drastically drop your credit score and stay on your report for up to 10 years.
If you're working to improve or repair your credit, focus on making smart financial decisions every month rather than worrying about how often your credit score is updated. Practice responsible credit by making payments on time, spending within your means, and keeping your credit utilization low.
Responsible credit management will be reported to the bureaus and logged on your credit report, which in turn can improve your score in the long run. Credit One Bank reports to all three credit bureaus each month to ensure card members always have the most up-to-date information reflected on their credit report.
Jennifer Brozic began her writing career at seven years old, when she scribed the epic tale of her kite-flying (and skyward-looking) uncle crossing paths with a deep hole in a sandy beach. After earning a degree in journalism, Jen worked in the insurance and financial services industries before earning a master’s degree in communication management. She left the nine-to-five corporate world in 2010 and has been freelance writing ever since. Her areas of expertise include insurance, financial planning & budgeting, and building credit.
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