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May/June 2021

Balance Transfers and Your Credit Score

Balance Transfers and Your Credit Score

Consolidating credit card balances on a new card with a low promotional rate can save you money. And having a single monthly payment may be easier to manage.


What effect will a balance transfer have on your credit score? A lot depends on you. Here are some tips for consolidating credit card debt that will potentially boost your score.

  • Calculate the monthly payment you'll need to make to pay off the balance before the introductory rate ends.

  • Don't cancel your old cards. In addition to eliminating your credit history, closing accounts reduces your available credit. Both can have a negative impact on your credit score.

  • Avoid charging purchases to your old cards unless you can pay off the balance each month. People often fail at debt consolidation because they run up new debt.


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