FICO Makes Needed Improvements to Their Credit Score

August 8, 2014 | Posted by Blair Warner | No Comments

Recent changes to the way FICO calculates their score could help more home buyers qualify for a mortgage. TWEET THIS…

FICO Credit Score - FICO 9

The New FICO 9
FICO announced yesterday some changes in their analytics which is designed to provide improved credit scores. Not very creatively called FICO 9, the changes should result positively for home buyers and home owners wishing to refinance, allowing for more precise scores commensurate with the credit risk they represent. Of course, time will tell once we see it kick in and are able to assess the results on a large scale.

Medical Collections
With the new changes, FICO has reduced the impact of medical collections on FICO scores by differentiating medical collection from non-medical collections, and even bypassing paid non-medical collection agency accounts. That means it will stop including in their calculations any record that shows a paid or settled collection account. FICO states that this change is expected to increase the median FICO score for consumers whose only derogatory references are unpaid medical collections 25%. This is a huge win for consumers.

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Benefits For Those With Limited Credit
The latest model will also measure a consumer’s payment history in degrees of risk rather than in absolutes, such as simply paid or not paid. Another improvement reflects a better analysis of reports with limited credit history, or thin files, as it is often called.

From “FICO Score 9 uses a more refined treatment of consumers with a limited credit history and those with accounts at collection agencies, so that lenders can grow their credit and loan portfolios more confidently,” said Jim Wehmann, executive vice president for Scores at FICO. “By applying innovative predictive modeling techniques on recent data to capture consumer credit behavior, FICO Score 9 will extend FICO’s leadership in providing the credit score that most accurately and fairly defines U.S. consumer credit risk.”

FICO has said their new FICO 9 Score will be available this fall and “will be the most consistent FICO Score across all three credit bureaus.” It is used by 90 precent of all U.S. consumer lending decisions, with 25 of the largest credit card issuers and 25 of the largest auto lenders. The only caveat is that it does take a while for a broad spectrum of lenders to adopt FICO’s updates. When they do, though, it is indeed going to improve the lending/borrowing world in the U.S.

References: website
Wall Street Journal article
Chicago Tribune Article

By Blair Warner – Chief Editor and Sr. Credit Consultant of

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After years in the mortgage business, Blair has been one of the foremost credit experts and debt Counselors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 2006, with a passion for helping folks manage their credit and debt rather than letting it manage them. As a father of 4 and a love for teaching, Blair not only advises, but guides and educates toward a more fulfilling financial life.

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