Credit: a Manifestation of your Financial Status

By: James Arther

Credit is a financial term indicating 'giving away' of a loan or creation of debt. The term credit is used in business while accepting delayed payment for goods sold to a party. Every business is desirous of a healthy credit. However, credit is not granted to individuals or firms with unstable financial positions. Sometimes, credit is also offered to customers who purchase products from particular stores. Since credit is denominated as a unit of account, it acts as a medium of exchange. In business, credit is considered as a form of money and is accounted for. In markets, credit can also be traded for.

A credit report is a documentation that essentially contains important financial information about the organization or the proprietor. The report contains statements or facts about place of residency, identity proof, office address, bill payment, due-dates, public record information etc. Name, address, age, nationality, marital status, date of birth, family members and other information is also entered in the credit report. Information regarding income, employment, duration of job or business is also required to make credit report. A credit history section consists of all the credit experiences with credit givers of the individual. However a credit report usually does not carry information on medical fitness or specific purchases or any such related thing. There are special credit report agencies that compile all the information and make a credit report for a business that can be used for various purposes such as insurance, employment, law etc.

Credit repair helps one improve their credit reports, get lower interest rates on loans and improve the overall credit status. There are a lot of service providers that offer specialized services to fix bad credit and prepare effective credit repair programs. There are professional consultants who look in to the matter and repair the credit score for a nominal fee.

A credit score is nothing but analysis of a person's credit reports that represent the creditworthiness of the person. The credit score is expressed numerically. The score indicates the possibility of the repayment of debts of the person. Banks, financial institutions, credit card companies etc all typically use a credit score to evaluate the financial status of the person and the risk involved in lending loan to the individual. Many of the lenders use credit score so that they can decide on the interest rate and the credit limits too.

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