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An increase in credit limit may not hurt your FICO score at all, in fact it might even help it.

If you can demonstrate that you have successfully gotten two or three unsecured credit cards, and have been able to keep them a few years that is considered good credit. Also, if you have a high limit but 30% or less balance owed, that is the strongest for FICO purposes.

Because FICO score incorporates averages, if you have more than 20-30000 of credit limit or more that might be seen as "higher" than average. 2 or 3 cards with low balance owed and about 20-30K balance is probably best.

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If the requested increase is more than 10%, the lender will probably request a copy of the customer's credit report from 1 or all 3 bureaus. This will cause an "Inquiry" to by added to the credit report and the FICO scoring system subtracts points from the score for these inquiries. Once the increase is granted, it may increase the score if it is not used (lowers credit utilization ratio).

This will vary for each person but understanding the details of how this effects your FICO score can help you make an educated determination.

If you must receive an inquiry for requesting a credit limit increase, keep in mind that generally these inquiries have a minor impact on your FICO score if you do not regularly make such inquiries. Also these inquiries fall off of your report in about two years.

A credit limit increase will make a more long term improvement on your debt to available credit ratio (so long as you don't use the newly available credit) which is a key factor in determining your FICO score. In many cases, this is a good strategy even if you receive a small point reduction initially for having the additional inquiry on your report. This is especially effective if you do not already have a good balance to available credit ratio.

If you already have an abundance of available credit and low balances, this may not improve your score at all as the available credit can also be looked at as 'potential debt'. Increasing your credit limits will best help your score if you can answer yes to the following questions:

- Does the amount of credit available to you seem low in comparison to what you can afford to make payments on?

- Are low credit limits making your debt to available credit ration seem higher than it should be?

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Can an authorized user of a credit card increase credit limit without knowledge of card holder?

Short answer:It depends on the bank. Most likely though, no. Long answer:It depends on the bank and if the person asking the credit limit increase is a primary card holder. Most banks or credit card companies won't allow a secondary card holder to increase the credit limit. I just called and checked. The bank my credit card was associated with was MBNA.I am a secondary card holder (my name is on the card, but the primary responsibility to the account is under someone else's name).They told me the primary card holder needs to call in to modify the credit limit.So in my case, the answer is no. An authorized user of the card cannot increase the credit limit without the knowledge of the primary card holder.

If you reduce your credit limit on a credit card does it affect your credit score?

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How do you increase my credit limit?

Pay more than your monthly minimum. Credit companies watch that.

Why can a credit card company lower your credit limit without your consent?

The CC Company may have seen an increase risk when they saw on an updated credit report/score. It could be a late payments, collections or any other derogatory item on your credit report that triggered it. The CC have the power to limit or increase your credit limit to lower their liability.

How does the ratio of credit limit to your balance affect your credit?

I know this much: Your balance-to-limit ratio is 30% of the criteria that credit bureaus use to generate your credit score. That's a large chunk.

Will having a credit card with a high limit affect your ability to get a loan?

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Will repeated declined transactions on a credit card affect your credit rating or affect how a bank views you as a loan candidate?

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Can a person increase the credit limit of a home equity loan over the phone or do you have to start the loan process all over again?

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How can you increase your credit score quickly?

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How does paying by credit card affect your other credit cards?

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When credit cards companies reduce your credit limit how does that affect your credit score?

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