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5 Credit Cards You Should Never Close
Many consumers close credit cards after becoming what seems like too delinquent to
catch up. There seems to be the notion that closing cards makes delinquency go away.
Not only is this not the case, closing out a delinquent credit card will hurt your credit
more than it will help.
Here are five credit cards that you should never close.
1. Any credit card that still has a balance.
When you close a credit card that has a balance, your total available credit is
lowered to $0. Since you still have a balance on that credit card with no credit
limit, it looks like you’ve maxed out. The amount of debt you have is 30% of your
credit score; so a maxed out credit card, or one that appears to be maxed out,
can have a very negative impact on your credit score.
2. Your only credit card with available credit.
Closing out this card will decrease total available credit and increase your credit
utilization, which, as before, is not a desired situation.
3. Your only credit card.
Since part of your credit score into consideration the different types of credit you
have, keeping a credit card in the mix will add points to your credit score.
You could get turned down for a credit card in the future because the creditor
thinks you don’t have enough experience with credit cards.
4. Your oldest credit card account.
Closing out your old credit cards shortens your credit history. Lenders tend to
view borrowers with short credit histories as riskier than borrowers with longer
5. The credit card with the best terms.
Why let a good thing go? If you have a credit card that has a low interest rate, no
annual fee, and other perks like travel insurance, keep it. A credit card that
charges you less for making purchases is far better than one that charges you
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