] Installment Versus Revolving Debt Keep in mind that while paying down debt should help boost your credit score —certain types of debt don’t help as much as others.
Once that happens your credit reports will be updated with those changes and very soon after—practically instantly—your credit score gets recalculated, taking into consideration the updates on your credit report.
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That takes my credit card debt from almost $17,000 to zero.
It also reduces my debt-to-limit ratio from over 50% to 0%.
Readers have recently asked me about how often credit scores get updated and if the consumer can do anything to speed up the process.
Here’s the skinny: Credit Scores: A Timeline Every billing cycle, typically every 30 to 45 days, your lenders are supposed to report changes to your accounts to the credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.
A credit score is a mathematically calculated number based on the information in a credit report.
“John, I sold some stock and used the proceeds to completely pay off two credit cards.
Paying down revolving debt—such as credit card debt—on the other hand, plays a far bigger role in your credit scores and can boost your scores just by paying those balances down.
Thirty percent of your credit score is based on your debt to credit utilization ratio, according to FICO, the primary company that crunches and calculates your credit scores.
Information relayed to credit bureaus includes payments, how much credit is being used and whether or not payments were made on time.