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Having multiple open credit cards with no balance is bad or good for credit ratings?

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10/17/2008

The Credit agencies look at your debt to available credit to determine 30% your credit score which if you have no balance it is good for the ratio but they also like to see your paying history which is worth 35% of your credit score and if you have no balance how are they going to see that. In keeping with being debt free it is recommended to use they once in a while and pay them in full so they can be maintained as active (credit card companies sometimes close them due to inactivity which is bad because you lose your credit history with them) and it shows your good paying history.