Insights from a Credit Bureau Insider

Kevin Haney Credit Bureau InsiderHi – my name is Kevin Haney. For more than a decade I worked as a Sales Director for one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S.

Now it is time to give back, and share what was learned during this season of my life. The internet is full of information about credit scores, credit reporting, managing your debt, improving your scores. And much of what is written is written by people without the same depth of understanding.

Gain valuable insights about credit bureaus from an industry insider!

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I was a sales director for over a decade for one of the big three credit bureaus. My job was to recruit, train, and lead sales representatives to grow revenue. Consumer reporting agencies make money by selling behavioral information to businesses with a permissible purpose to buy it. People frequently ask whether credit agencies sell…

 

Do credit bureaus really investigate disputes? Consumer report errors do occur, and a legal process exists to help consumers identify and request correction of information that is not accurate. Entries may fall into one of three categories. Sometimes they refer the investigation to the original data furnisher, sometimes they perform they actually investigate possible errors…

 

Many people seem to be asking whether credit bureaus share information with other businesses. Consumers want to know what happens to their personal information, who gets to see it and when, and what controls exists. Nobody likes their secrets being shared without permission. Consumer reporting agencies exist to collect, store, and share financial information about…

 

Some questions need to be rephrased in order to provide a correct answer. Here is one example: “What is the minimum credit card limit needed to rent a car?” A better question is: “what open-to-buy amount is needed to rent a car, given the trip that I am planning?” The car rental company will place…

 

Will credit card limit increases affect your credit risk scores? A revolving credit card limit represents the bank’s opinion about your ability to manage finances; the higher the spending maximum, the greater the level of confidence. Credit risk ratings are also a measure of confidence. Revolving balance limits and risk ratings move in tandem, and…