March 15th, 2012
The Ultimate Guide to Credit Karma, Part 1: The Credit Report Card
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Since we already made a fun video thanking all of our members for being awesome, we decided this time to give you some helpful guidance on how to use Credit Karma to its fullest potential.
So here it is, part one of the Ultimate Guide to Credit Karma!
Credit Report Card – Get Schooled on Your Credit Report
The free Credit Report Card takes your long, data-rich credit report, and boils it down into a quick snapshot of the important factors.
One of Credit Karma’s most-loved features, this report gives you a letter grade for each of the six credit-influencing factors: open credit card utilization, percent of on-time payments, average age of open credit lines, total accounts, total hard credit inquiries and number of derogatory marks. The grades are calculated by comparing your credit performance against other Credit Karma members. You even get an overall grade to see how you’re performing across the board on all six factors.
Helpful Tip: There are two other pieces of information on your Credit Report Card: your total debt and your debt-to-income ratio (or DTI). These two factors don’t contribute to your credit score, so they’re not graded. However, they do come into play when lenders evaluate loan applications and set credit limits, so it’s important to know how you’re doing in comparison to other consumers.