Types Of Credit

The 3 types of credit are: revolving, installment, and open accounts.

 

These types of credit vary based on term length (fixed or indefinite), payment (fixed or variable), and monthly amount due (full balance or minimum).

 

Ideally, it’s best to have a variety of these types of credit as this will create a good credit mix, which makes up 10% of your overall credit score. 

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Types Of Credit Explanations

Revolving Credit Accounts

Credit cards are the most common example of a revolving credit account.

 

The key factor here is that you're only required to pay a minimum amount of your balance each month.

 

If you choose to do so, then the remaining balance will be rolled over (or revolved, if you will) into the next month (and subject to interest charges, in most cases).

Installment Accounts 

This type of credit account requires you to pay a fixed sum each month based on factors such as total amount borrowed, the time period of the loan, and the established interest rate.

 

All loans – including mortgages, auto loans and personal loans – are installment accounts.

Open Accounts 

The most common examples of open accounts are utilities accounts and cell phone contracts.

 

Every open account has a balance that must be paid in full each month.

 

As opposed to both revolving accounts and installment accounts, open accounts usually don't charge any interest.

 

In most cases, open accounts do not appear on credit reports unless the company reports late payments.

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