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Credit scores are a matter of concern for all people. In order to accomplish anything at all people need to carefully plan their moves with regard to how it will look on their credit reports. A person's credit report tends to fluctuate and on an average people generally have a hard time keeping it on the acceptable norm.
A common procedure people use to deal with their credit scores or avoid a bad credit score is by doing balance transfers. A balance transfer must be done ideally from a higher interest rate to a low APR. There are also balance transfers available with zero transfer fees. Also be sure that you pick out a card that will offer you a cap on the balance transfer fee. If there is no cap then you may end up paying too high an amount and end up losing more then you gain. With careful planning you will be able to use balance transfers to your advantage and improve your credit scores in the process.
When doing your balance transfer you need to be careful that the transfer process does not end up making your credit scores poor. The biggest determinants of your credit report is: how you pay your debts-on time or not. Another one is how much you owe to your creditors. It is important to stay within your limit allowed even if you can spend more than the credit limit.
When transferring balance you need to keep a track of how long you have been using your old account before transferring your finances to a new one. If it has not been long since you had the old account then closing it on doing a balance transfer will affect your credit score negatively. Since you have had the credit only recently closing it prematurely will not help to improve your existing credit scores.
It is a good idea to leave the old account, as it will appear that you have a higher credit limit in total while also keeping your debit to credit ratio in check. Another important part of balance transfer is to use well below 30 % of the credit available to you. Your aim is to improve your credit scores and sort out your debt and to this end you must use your card wisely not accumulating any additional debts.
Most people make the mistake of assuming that no interest means they can go on a shopping spree on the new card and pay some additionally money to pay for the new purchases and the old debt. However, in most cases, the interest rate on new purchase would be completely different form the offer on balance transfer. It is important to check all the fine print and be completely aware of what you are getting into. Or else the interest rate would change on purchasing and then you will end up paying much more than you had to in the first place.
Balance transfers when done with thorough research and proper planning will result in good savings and profit.
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