Fico introduces 'what if?' simulations for credit scoring outcomes

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Analytics software firm FICO (FICO) has introduced an enhanced FICO Score Simulator on, enabling consumers to experiment with dozens of "what if" simulations to understand how such actions could affect their FICO® Scores.

The new simulator generates side-by-side comparisons that allow consumers to view simulation results for FICO® Scores based on data from all three major credit bureaus simultaneously.

"Because FICO Scores are used in more than 90 percent of US lending decisions, consumers want to better understand how their actions might affect FICO Scores," said Geoff Smith, vice president, Consumer Scores, at FICO. "The newly enhanced FICO Score simulator enables consumers to run simulations using the actual FICO Score 8 formula as well as data from all major credit bureaus. This is an extremely easy-to-use and valuable tool for anyone who wants to understand how their financial behavior could impact their FICO Scores."

The FICO® Score Simulator has been enhanced with a larger library of individual simulations. Users are able to run simulations on up to 24 distinct types of actions. These actions include:

Forgetting to pay a bill
Paying down credit card balance
Refinancing a mortgage
Taking out a car loan
Maxing out credit cards
Increasing the limit on a credit account

Simulation results include explanations and contextual information to help consumers better understand the results and see how credit scores work. The enhanced FICO® Score simulator also allows consumers to see the combined effect of multiple actions on a FICO® Score, such as paying down a credit card balance and increasing the limit on a credit account.

"Our mission is to empower consumers with tools and content that help them understand their financial health, including decisions that could impact FICO Scores," said Smith. "It is important for consumers to understand their FICO Scores when they are looking for credit. The FICO Score Simulator is the only tool for consumers that provides simulations of actual FICO Scores."

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