Do AU Trade Lines Impact Credit Reports?

Despite fear and anxiety to the contrary, Authorized User trade lines continue to report to the credit bureaus and impact millions of credit reports.

According to the study completed by the Federal Reserve Bank, “…creditors may have to consider all authorized user accounts on an individual’s credit record, regardless of whether they reflect a spousal relationship to an account holder. For this reason, credit history scores, such as the FICO score®, have traditionally accorded authorized user accounts equal weight to the other accounts on an individual’s credit record. If the account has desirable characteristics (such as a low utilization rate or a good payment history), this may improve the authorized user’s credit risk profile and credit scores. The result may be enhanced access to credit and reduced borrowing costs.”

Additionally, the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO®) also confirmed in Congressional testimony, “After consulting with the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year, Fair Isaac has decided to include consideration of authorized user tradelines present on the credit report in the FICO 08 model.”

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