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Why do credit card companies check your credit rating?

While the vast majority of us are well aware that our credit ratings are checked for each and every financial application we make, why do credit card companies and other financial institutions need to check your credit rating?

In simple terms, your credit rating is a reflection of your financial life and how you handle your financial affairs. This will give financial companies an insight into the potential risks they are taking and allow them to make an informed decision after taking into account various areas of your life. The higher your credit rating the more likelihood of obtaining further credit in the future and the lower your credit rating the higher the chances of being rejected for loans and credit cards.

There are ways and means of improving your credit rating, even if you have been through difficult financial periods in your life, but ultimately you may pay the price of financial difficulties well into the future. It is always interesting to see exactly what is held on your behalf by the credit rating agencies as this is available to each every person in the UK for a small charge. Don't forget that there's also the possibility that some information held on file may be incorrect and could impact upon your credit rating status in the future.

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