Credit Score

Published: | Updated: October 8, 2017;

Definition - What does Credit Score mean?

A credit score is a number given by lenders to represent how much a person is capable of paying a debt. The score is based on the person's credit history, among other factors, with a high score indicating that they are trustworthy when it comes to making debt payments.

Insuranceopedia explains Credit Score

Financial institutions use the credit score to evaluate a person's ability to pay a debt. The score ranges from 300 to 800, the highest score a person can achieve. A score of 700 or above is generally considered good. The higher the score, the better it shows a person's capability of paying debts.

A person's credit score will affect their dealings with banks and other financial institutions. If they get a low credit score, they are unlikely to be approved for a big loan.

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