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    • yebaws
    • By yebaws 1st Jul 17, 10:02 PM
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    Credit limits and outstanding balance
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    Credit limits and outstanding balance 1st Jul 17 at 10:02 PM

    I have a couple of questions for the experts out there.

    I have been stoozing for years, and used to have no problem getting several cards at once with 4-6K limit on each of them. I have a squeaky clean credit record.

    Now days it's a bit more difficult and I sometimes find I am given a tiny credit limit or even rejected.

    I suspect that this is to do with the cc companies now sharing info with each others, checking up on available credit, outstanding balances and obvious stoozers. So I have a couple of questions which, when answered, will hopefully help me to be more successful in the future.

    1. Is available credit a big factor and do companies share this info? For example, Barclaycard AMEX have just offered to up the limit on my card (which I use regularly for cashback) by about 3K. I don't need the extra limit, so should I ask them not to do this (or even decrease my existing limit) to increase my chances of getting other cards in future (with a decent limit)

    2. Is outstanding balance on other cards at the time of application a big factor? I do most of my spending through cashback cards, so at any one time might have 3 or 4K outstanding, although this is paid off in full each month. Does the company I'm applying to see that I pay off the balance each month and not take too much notice of this, or is the system less sophisticated, meaning that I should maybe time new applications to when I have just paid off my cashback cards so that there is a zero or low balance on them?

    Thanks for your help!
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 1st Jul 17, 10:05 PM
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    Lenders have always reported limits and balances.

    Make sure you manage both in relation to your income.
    • Westminster
    • By Westminster 2nd Jul 17, 10:34 AM
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    A 'technique' which may work is setting up your Direct Debit to be a little more than the minimum payment.
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    • iammunro94
    • By iammunro94 6th Jul 17, 4:12 AM
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    I have also on the edge on my credit limit. I max out my account and paying it monthly. But other cc companies wont give me another cc due to my records on other banks.
    • 5557223
    • By 5557223 14th Sep 17, 12:01 AM
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    There are multiple factors that come in to play such as ontime payments, utilisation %, average age of credit accounts, number of accounts, inquiries etc.

    If you don't have any delayed payments and utilisation is low (<10%) then CC companies will still want you, like you etc.

    In the end it drills down to each CC company's risk appetite.
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