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

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by mazie , in category: Banking and Credit , 9 months ago

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

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by sibyl , 9 months ago

@mazie 

Carrying a high balance on your credit cards can have a negative impact on your credit score. Here's why:

  1. Credit Utilization: Your credit utilization ratio, which measures how much of your available credit you're using, heavily influences your credit score. Ideally, it is recommended to keep your credit utilization below 30% of your total available credit. If you have high balances on your credit cards, it increases your credit utilization ratio and signals to lenders that you may be heavily reliant on credit, potentially indicating financial risk.
  2. Creditworthiness: A high credit card balance suggests that you may be struggling to pay off your debt or living beyond your means. This assessment can negatively influence lenders' perception of your creditworthiness. They might consider you a higher lending risk as you may have difficulty managing additional credit obligations.
  3. Payment History: Late or missed payments due to a high balance can significantly impact your credit score. Late payments, even by just a few days, can result in negative marks on your credit report and lower your score. Your payment history is a crucial factor in determining your creditworthiness.
  4. Debt Burden: High credit card balances can indicate a heavy debt burden. It affects your debt-to-income ratio, which measures how much of your monthly income goes towards paying off debts. Lenders consider this ratio when evaluating loan applications. A higher debt burden might hinder your ability to qualify for new credit, such as loans or mortgages.
  5. Interest Costs: Carrying high balances also means paying higher interest charges, which can lead to increasing debts and financial strain. The more money you owe, the more interest you'll accrue, making it harder to pay off your debts and potentially worsening your credit score.


It is essential to maintain a low credit utilization ratio, make payments on time, and keep your debt levels manageable to have a positive impact on your credit score.