Lenders who offer less favorable terms to some based on their credit report will have to provide the borrowers with so-called “risk-based pricing” notices, according to new rules reported today by the Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission. The rules mean that now consumers with some negative information on their credit reports will be better informed and be able to track vital credit scoring factors. And they will be able to do so more cheaply. Risk-based pricing notices enable consumers to obtain a free credit report.
The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline for public comments from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 on the agency’s new proposal to crack down on deceptive marketing of “free credit reports” on all media.
When you are choosing a credit card, there are many features — and several kinds of cards — to consider: Fees, charges, interest rates, and benefits can vary among credit card issuers. As a result, some credit cards that look like a great deal at first glance may lose their appeal once you read the terms and conditions of use and calculate how the fees could affect your available credit.
As creditors tighten their standards – canceling underused accounts and lowering credit limits – it is now more important then ever to monitor your credit reports and scoring.