Improve your credit score

Boosting your credit score is more important than ever. CNN's Ali Velshi has some tips




Falling home prices means more opportunities for buyers, but with lending standards tightening, improving your credit score is more important than ever.

If you wanna guarantee yourself the best rates and the best terms that any lender has to offer, you really need to be boasting a 750 1 . Now, of course you can still get approved with a score lower than 750. You can even get credit in the mid-600s but your- you should not expect the best rates and the best terms in the mid-600s.

The easiest way to give your credit score a 2 is to pay off high credit card balances and avoid opening new lines of credit. If you are in credit 3 , you really need to kind of take a step back, no knee-jerk reactions and tackle the things that are costing you the most. Pay off the collections or settle them, pay down the credit card debt 4 , and by all means do not exit the credit environment as a means for improving your credit score.

And 5 , closing credit cards just because you rarely use them will not help your credit score. Hold on to older credit cards. The longer you've managed credit, the better your score will be. And that's this week's Right On Your Money.



1. across the board
2. boost
3. score-improving mode
4. as much as possible
5. be aware



1. credit score : noun

A statistically derived, numeric expression of a person's creditworthiness that is used by lenders to access the likelihood that a person will repay his or her debts. A credit score is based on, among other things, a person's past credit history. It is a number between 300 and 850, the higher the number, the more creditworthy the person is deemed to be.

2. across the board : phrase

If a policy or a situation applies across the board, it affects everything or everyone in a particular group.

3. credit card balances : 信用卡余额

4. knee-jerk : adj

If you call someone's response to a question or situation a knee-jerk reaction, you mean that they react in a very predictable way, without thinking.

eg: The knee-jerk reaction to this is to call for proper security in all hospitals.