Bankruptcy risk score

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A bankruptcy risk score is a number that indicates the likelihood of an individual filing for bankruptcy. Although it has been used for over twenty years to assess risk in lending, few consumers know of it.[citation needed] It is related to the better-known credit score, but unlike credit scores, bankruptcy risk scores are not sold to consumers by any of the credit bureaus.[1] Consequentially, individuals have little or no way of knowing what their bankruptcy risk scores are or how to improve upon them. Furthermore, since there is no standardized index of measurement, consumers often have trouble contextualizing their score on a standardized scale, instead only receiving general information from a single bureau.[2]

This is also referred to as debt analysis which allows lenders the ability to assess a customers' risk in taking out a loan. One can improve their score by paying bills on time, keeping balances low, and having few revolving accounts.

Equifax, a US credit bureau, offers a bankruptcy risk score called Bankruptcy Navigator Index to its commercial clients.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ bankrate.com. "This secret score can hurt your credit". msn.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Kaur, Gene. "Bankruptcy Risk Score". BoostCredit101.com. S.B.C. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bankruptcy Navigator Index 4.0". Equifax.com. Equifax. Retrieved 6 May 2016.