title:Credit Reports author:Sara Chambers source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/business_and_finance/article_5835.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:07 category:business_and_finance article:

Credit reports basically consist of credit scores that are based on a mathematical formula. The result of this formula applied to your financial situation is intended to ?predict? how efficiently you will pay your bills. What does your credit effect? Well, pretty much all major purchases will be affected by your credit score, from a new car to a new home or computer. Poor credit scores can result in a difficult time purchasing these large ticket items. If your credit score is poor, discuss with your bank or other financial institutions ways to repair your credit.
There are three valid and equally important reasons for keeping tabs on your credit report. The first is simply constantly being ?in the know? of your financial situation. You need to know what is going on with your finances at all times and this is one good way to ensure that. The second is that mistakes happen. Things can be charged twice against your credit cards, or a glitch could have occurred keeping your electronic mortgage payment from being posted. If your credit score is poor, you need to take a closer look at your credit card bills and statements, as well as your mortgage statements.
The third reason is perhaps the most important: preventing identity theft. Identity theft is becoming an increasingly large problem in the United States. One of the most common effects of identity theft is a debilitated credit score, as credit cards and bank accounts are often used to fund elaborate purchases, cash advances and other forms of financial theft. If you know that you are paying your bills on time, paying your mortgage on time, etc, but your credit report is in bad shape, you know there is a problem and you need to investigate it further.
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