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Bad Credit Folks Helped by New FICO Scores
by Anonymous

July 19, 2004 -- Bad credit folks who sign up for Credit Counseling or Debt Consolidation plan hear this a lot: "your Beacon score is too low...", "you must improve your FICO score..." Little do they know that their FICO score may've improved already without them noticing. Every 5 points up counts!

According to Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC), the new FICO is a more predictive and consumer friendly score now...

And forget about the Beacon score - the name is NextGen now! What? You didn't know? According to research done by Bad Credit, it's true, most people don't know that three major credit agencies TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are now using the new and more friendly NextGen scores.

How people with bad credit history can benefit from these new and improved scores? They can get better rates. And more people will get loans, and for larger amounts... It would also help them to repair credit!

FICO NextGen scores go easier on Sub-prime loan seekers!

On their web site, FICO Corp. states: [new scores "... allow for more scoreable files (credit reports), updated treatment of mortgage and auto inquiries to better reflect consumer rate-shopping (low interest rates), and more consumer-friendly treatment of finance trades(!), and low-balance collections(!) and public records(!)."

Why these improvements? Bad Credit Advisor thinks that FICO Corp. is trying to meet sub-lenders requirements for more applications processed and better interest rates offered. With such low rates, sub-lenders are making all the money by giving 'great' deals to people with bad credit history. The new scores let more people in the range of allowed FICO scores, thus creating more business for lenders and keeping the housing industry strong.

This thought may be very close to the real thing... as FICO Corp. states on their web site: "Lenders want to price appropriately, and lend safely, while making more credit available to more people and effectively managing their operations costs."

In layman terms, the NextGen scores loosen up scoring criteria so more people can get better credit rating and borrow more money. But make no mistake, FICO Corp. claims these new scores are even more predictable - which works for lender advantage.

Plus, the latest score version NexGen 2.0 allows people with short or dormant credit history to get loans!

So, does this all mean that we can now have more unpaid medical bills, have more inquiries on car and mortgage loans, get a car loan at the age of 18, get better interest rates after a recent bankruptcy ...?

I guess we are to find out ... when we'll see more bankruptcies in the years to come. Or will we?

Bad Credit Advisor suggests we remain calm and keep our credit score as high as possible. On a serious note, they said, this relaxing in credit scoring presents great opportunity to dispute more items on your credit report than was possible before and improve your credit score more substantially!

(Disclaimer: this article is an opinion of and not of Fair Issac Corporation)

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