Understanding the Legal Safeguarding
of Using Age in Credit Scoring Models
The credit reporting companies will simply ignore
the predictive factors of all age groups. For example,
the elderly tend to be on fixed incomes, making payments
for credit cards and loans an uncertainty. This would seem
to be an important factor when determining the credit
scores of older people. But, it would be illegal to do
so. What do the credit reporting companies do? For the
variable of whether or not timely payments can be made,
the elderly would get the most credit points possible in
relation to their credit history.
Statistically, it does not make sense
to ignore important variables that are associated with
the different age groups. But, the law is the law.
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seniors and their credit.
Understand the Possible Negative
Publicity Towards Credit Reporting Agencies for Using Age
in Credit Scoring Models
Consumer advocates, class action lawyers and minority
groups love going after the credit reporting companies.
The major bureaus are hit with many lawsuits every
year. In fact, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
of 2003 was assertively altered, allowing all people to
free credit report copy at least once a
A tremendous backlash would occur, from all different
angles, if the credit reporting companies were to all of
a sudden decide to use age as an influential factor in
Your age can influence
whether or not you are approved for loans and what kind
of interest rates you will receive. However, when
determining your credit score, age has no impact good or
major happenings in your life will change your credit,
i.e. having a baby, buying a home, etc..
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