What is a FICO score and is it important?

Your financial history is often obtained by a single three digit number. The FICO score is a culmination of several factors that show overall credit history. It’s most likely one of the most important factors in your financial portfolio. It’s the first thing a bank will look for in the home mortgage or car loan process. Some employers will also look at this important number during hiring phase.

How is a FICO Score Calculated?

The FICO score was created by Fair Isaac Corporation and is a score that combines several pieces of your credit history information. Scores use a combination of credit history and usage. This complex scoring method also takes in account the length of credit history. Individuals with new credit should take note that it will take a few years for the score to go up. The average credit score is approximately 690. Over 37% of adults admit they don’t know their credit score. It’s important to know what makes up the scoring model:

• Payment history

This is the most substantial factor in scoring at 35-40%. Payment history takes into account both positive and negative payments. Derogatory items such as collections are factored in based on the first initial late payment

• Length of time

How long credit was used overall is an important factor. It takes up roughly 15% of the scoring model.

• Type of credit usage

The percentage of revolving and installment debt can be a factor in this percentage that takes up another 10-15%.

• Debt owed

Between 30-35% of the FICO score is obtained from this piece of information. The amount of debt owed shouldn’t exceed an appropriate debt-to-income ratio.

• New credit authorizations

This area makes up roughly 10% of scoring. Hard pulls or credit applications show in the report in this area.

Additional FICO rules

The FICO score can remain unchanged or go up and down rapidly depending on credit habits. Each individual credit bureau will calculate the score using a slightly different formula. The difference may be a few points between each report. Your FICO score will change over time depending on credit habits.

The Importance of a High Score

Obtaining a high FICO score is a result of managing credit in a healthy way. Employers and banks will be more ready to hire and lend since it shows responsibility. There is a general rule that anything over 720 is considered prime or excellent credit. Different types of debt will have an impact on the score. Improving credit will require a healthy combination of installment and revolving credit history. Revolving credit is usually a credit card of unsecured debt and will have the most immediate impact on credit history. Installment debt is considered secured and could be a student loan or home mortgage.

Dave Johnson from Cane Bay Partners: Portfolio Management in 2014

cane-bay-partnersThe financial services industry is fast becoming one of the most complex and regulated areas of business. Being able to keep up with rules that seem ever-changing and still maintain a high level of customer service is getting harder and harder for many brokerage firms and others involved in high finance. When an office feels it needs assistance with how to better understand and manage their operations, they call on David Johnson and the experts at Cane Bay Partners to help them find solutions to their problems.

One of the most complex areas for many financial firms today involves portfolio management. While many management consulting firms have chosen to use what they consider to be very modern techniques to help their clients, Cane Bay Partners realizes it takes a combination of current trends and methods combined with time-tested practices that have proven their ability to produce excellent results. Cane Bay’s portfolio management practice is very traditional in nature, choosing to focus on investor relations, compliance, cash management and tax planning services for their clients. Working with many clients involved in hedge funds and other financial services that require establishing high levels of trust with investors, Cane Bay knows giving investors the latest information about their money is the key to it all. To make sure their clients keep their current investors and are able to gain new ones, Cane Bay provides daily, weekly and monthly reporting to their clients.Along with these features, Cane Bay also has the experience to create customized operational and financial reporting results that allow their clients to serve their investors while standing head and shoulders above the competition. In any business that involves investor relations, building trust while also providing the necessary answers to important questions is critical to make sure investors decide to put their money with your firm instead of another. Since taxes are a part of life as well, tax planning services offered by Cane Bay are considered the best of almost any management consulting firm. Taking time to explain the entire process and answer their client’s questions is what makes Cane Bay Partners stay ahead of the competition and continually be the best.

As more companies realize the importance of having a trusted partner to help guide them through the maze of rules that equal compliance, Cane Bay Partners will be there to share their expertise and help these businesses grow.

David Johnson of Cane Bay Partners

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David Johnson is an innovative and visionary leader in marketing, technology, and risk management. He holds multiple degrees including an MBA from Georgia State University and has over 20 years of business experience with industry-leading companies across diverse verticals.