Usually closing accounts will hurt your score because if you have debt on other cards, your debt to available credit ratio will rise and it can ding your credit score.
You should not close a credit card if you are still paying on it. It will bring your credit score down. Close it when you are done paying. I know this because my mom owns her own credit repair/management business and she tells me what to do with my credit cards.
It all depends on your income. It is good to have zero balance credit cards on your credit report. But if your potential debit to income ratio is too high, having too many credit cards could be a negative reflection on your credit score.
If you are responsible don't close your credit cards off, but make a purchase every month to keep it active. You could buy something for $10 - $30 dollars and put it on your credit card and pay that $10-$30 off the next day. If you don't trust yourself with credit cards then just close your account. You must get plenty of ads in the mail from credit card companies offering you different interest rates so there will be no problem reactivating any credit card.
Closing the account will remove the temptation to spend up the cards again but, closing the account can actually lower your credit score. You ought to take that question and your private credit information to a credit counselor for a better answer. By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on paying off the cards!
If you're not going to use them again, close them out! Even if your balance is paid up, active CC accounts appear in your credit report, and could be counted against you if you need to take out a loan or line of credit again.
It would probably be in your best interest to close the account(s). You will be protecting yourself from identiy theft/credit card fraud. And depending on your credit terms, annual or semi-annual fees, that can be assessed whether the account is used or not.
Yes; however, the issuer is not required to continue to extent you credit (can close the account).
Like almost all credit card companies, Chase offers a number of different credit cards. The interest charged by Chase ranges from only a few percent to close to a standard rate (20% at most credit card companies).
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Your best bet would be to close those older credit cards. While it may take some time, your credit score can be improved. However, opening a new credit card, even if it doesn't affect your credit score may not be the best way to go. I am unsure if there is a credit card that wouldn't affect your credit score.