Financial Matters That Do Not Impact Your Credit Score

APR 12, 2012

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Financial matters that while important to your life dont always appear on your credit report or figure into your credit score. Thats right! Sometimes a bill is just a bill, or an account is just an account, and it doesnt have anything to do with your credit score.  Misconceptions abound, so heres a quick primer on some financial realities that dont figure into your credit score:

Income From salary and bonuses to interest earnings, child support and alimony payments, income is unquestionably the most important financial element in your life. Still, your income doesnt appear on your credit report, nor does it directly affect your credit score. However, if your expenditures exceed your income every month, youll have trouble paying your bills, and late or nonpayment does impact your credit score.

Investments Retirement savings, college savings, stocks, bonds and mutual funds none of these will appear on your credit report, and they have no bearing on your credit score.

Insurance How much auto, life or medical insurance you have isnt a factor in your credit. However, if your mortgage company requires you to carry homeowners insurance (and they all do) or private mortgage insurance and you fail to do so, it could affect whether or not you keep the mortgage and defaulting on a loan does affect your credit score. Also, while insurance doesnt influence your credit score, your score can affect your insurance rates, especially your auto insurance rates.

Savings Banks do not report to credit bureaus about consumer savings or checking accounts. How much you have in your account has no bearing on your credit score. However, if you have no emergency fund and experience a major financial crisis, you may have trouble meeting your credit obligations, and that will impact your score.

Utility bills Electric, gas, water, sewer and cable bills do not factor into your credit score. However, utility companies may run a credit check on you before opening an account in your name. A poor credit history may prompt them to demand a hefty security deposit. As for your phone and cable bills, companies generally dont report the status of those accounts to credit bureaus either, unless your account is delinquent enough to wind up in collections.