No. Paying off an installment loan early causes no increase in your score. Installment loans are opened for a set amount, with terms of repayment at a set amount. This is what (ideally) both the lender and credit scoring software are looking to see: That you understand this concept and will pay the loan back over time, on-time. That translates to no appreciable benefit for paying early. However, it is (sometimes) possible to reap monetary benefits. Most installment loans are fixed rate loans. You borrow $X at X% and will pay back the full amount regardless of when you pay. But, if you happen to obtain a compounding interest installment loan (similar to a mortgage loan), there may be significant savings in paying off early. So, while this wouldn't help your credit score in any way, it might save you some $, if you have that specific type of loan. You should be able to find out by reading your loan documents or calling your lender. You may also have a pre-payment penalty. That's another good reason to read your loan docs thoroughly.
Not always. Paying a collection refreshes the date of last activity. The FICO algorithm considers the last 6 months of activity to be the most important which means that it has the most impact on a credit score. Paying an old collection puts that collection back within that 6 month period and lowers your credit score on many occasions. The rule of thumb is Pay collections which are active within the last 6 months and do not pay collections which have been inactive for over 2 years. Use your best judgement for everything in between.
Every credit company and lender is required to repost to the credit bureaus monthly so it will show a zero balance within a month of paying it off but it will not be completely off you credit report. It will still show the company and original balance of the loan but it will show that the balance is at zero and when it was paid off.
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