What is the impact of carrying a balance on my credit cards on my credit score?

by fred.nader , in category: Banking and Credit , 9 months ago

What is the impact of carrying a balance on my credit cards on my credit score?

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by kimberly , 9 months ago

@fred.nader 

Carrying a balance on your credit cards can have both positive and negative impacts on your credit score, depending on a few factors. Here's a breakdown:

  1. Credit Utilization Ratio: One of the significant factors that affect your credit score is your credit utilization ratio, which is the percentage of your available credit that you utilize. Carrying a balance increases your credit utilization ratio, which may negatively impact your score. It is generally recommended to keep your credit utilization ratio below 30% to maintain a healthy credit score.
  2. Payment History: Making timely credit card payments is crucial for your credit score. Carrying a balance means you have to make regular minimum payments or pay interest charges. If you consistently make on-time payments, it can positively impact your credit score. However, if you miss payments or make late payments, it can hurt your credit score.
  3. Debt-to-Income Ratio: Your debt-to-income ratio measures your total debt against your income. Carrying a balance generally increases your overall debt, which can negatively affect this ratio. Lenders often consider this ratio when evaluating your creditworthiness for loans or other credit applications.
  4. Credit Age: The length of your credit history plays a role in determining your credit score. If you carry a balance on an older credit card account, it may positively impact your credit score by extending the average age of your accounts. However, if you have new credit cards with high balances, it may slightly lower your average account age.
  5. Interest and Fees: Carrying a balance on your credit cards means you are likely paying interest charges and fees. While this may not directly impact your credit score, it can affect your financial well-being and ability to manage your debts.


It's important to note that the impact of carrying a balance on your credit score may vary depending on individual circumstances and the overall state of your credit history. It is generally advisable to pay off credit card balances in full each month to maintain a healthy credit score and avoid unnecessary interest charges.