From the Wires
Recent survey data indicates many Americans want to better understand credit
freecreditscore.com's new Score Planner™ can help improve that understanding
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 16, 2013 06:00 AM
COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- freecreditscore.com™ today announced the findings of a recent survey that polled Americans about their understanding of credit scores and the actions that impact those scores. According to the survey, most respondents (83 percent) have checked their credit scores; however, nearly half of the respondents (42 percent) want to improve credit scores but don't know how.
"The survey is an eye-opener to the fact that many people think about credit on a regular basis but don't feel empowered to take control of their credit scores," said Ken Chaplin, senior vice president of marketing for freecreditscore.com. "We've enhanced the freecreditscore.com website and launched our new, free Score Planner™ tool to remove the mystery around credit scores, and help members and nonmembers alike take steps to better understand how their actions impact their credit score."
Additional findings from the survey provide insights into credit awareness and credit usage. Sixty-five percent of respondents indicated that they consider their credit score when engaging in credit-related activities such as maxing out a card, applying for a new card or skipping a payment. When it comes to gender and credit, women (68 percent) are more likely than men (61 percent) to consider their credit score before making credit usage decisions.
Maintaining credit scores takes dedication, time and planning; the results can be invaluable. A few simple tips from freecreditscore.com are well worth considering:
freecreditscore.com is part of a family of online consumer credit reporting sites belonging to ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian company. ConsumerInfo.com, Inc. was founded in 1995 to give consumers quick, easy and inexpensive access to their credit profile. It is now the leading provider of online consumer credit reports, credit scores, credit monitoring and other credit-related information. ConsumerInfo.com, Inc. provides credit monitoring to its more than 3.1 million members and has delivered more than 20 million credit reports on the Web. As part of the Experian family, it continues to grow its membership base and develop innovative products to help consumers better understand and manage their credit.
Experian® is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2012 was US$4.5 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 44 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.
Experian and the Experian marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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