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Does Opening or Closing A Bank Account Effect Credit?

- Mar 24, 2019 credit, Credit Maintenance0 comments

There is a famous myth that if you open or close bank accounts often, then your credit score will drop. This is untrue, and in this post I will explain why.

What The Scoring Models Know About You

Scoring models do not know you personally. They only know the things about you which are on your credit report. There is no section on your credit report which lists the bank accounts you opened or closed.Therefore, it is impossible for this information to affect your credit score.

Soft Credit Pull

When you open a bank account, the bank may want to do a soft credit pull in order to view your credit file to determine if they want to do business with you. This is true especially for bank accounts which offer overdraft protection etc.

A soft credit pull is never shown by the credit bureaus to anyone else except to you. So again scoring models have no way of knowing how many bank accounts you have or if you open them or close them often.

In conclusion, you can feel free to open and close as many bank accounts as you’d like.

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Sam Sam has nearly a decade's worth of experience educating his many readers on everything credit. Sam spends his days checking out credit cards for a full report, from the minute benefit details to the shebang of welcome bonuses. Plus studying the ins and outs of building proper credit. It’s his favorite pastime and he loves sharing it with others.

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