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How is your credit score impacted by the credit card settlement?

A decent credit score today is really important for anybody's financial performance, because the economy is focused on credit or credit. Having a decent CIBIL score illustrates the value of a borrower's credit. It allows the financial institutions, on the other hand, to review a person's CIBIL scores to make an integrated and informative decision prior to the granting of loans. CIBIL is simply a means of demonstrating how big a loan the individual or creditor really is worth.

Often, all banks search at a person's credit score before granting a loan. The bank uses the CIBIL score to determine and then validate whether the candidate who has applied for the loan will be able to pay back the loan or not

Credit scoring agencies do not have the basis or derivation of how to measure the credit score; however, it does include certain measurements and measures that have a direct effect on the credit score.

To better explain this, consider a hypothetical case with two competing candidates with varying ratings. If a person with a credit score of 680 has a late payment on his or her credit card, it is expected that he or she will lose 50–70 points once the settlement is completed. In the other hand, if a person has a credit score of 780 and no other late payments, he or she would likely lose 140-160 points. As a result, this demonstrates how the arbitration impacts credit scores. It is also believed that a one-time credit card settlement will damage a person's credit score in the same manner that bankruptcy does.

The bank makes a one-time settlement bid to the consumer, known as an OTS in banking terminology. If the borrower accepts the bid, he or she formally declares that he or she is unable to repay the whole amount; the bank then reports this to the credit bureau. The CIBIL report produced by the bureau will undoubtedly include the word settlement with respect to the specific loan/debt in the report's accounts' details pages. The same includes a segment named DPD, which stands for Days Past Due. If the status in this section is “0” or zero, it is positive for the customer, but every other value is called unfavourable.

The report would not show any overdues, but it would specifically show the settlement. When a loan is overdue by more than 90 days or three months, the bank classifies it as a non-performing asset, and if the overdue period extends or 180 to 270 days, i.e. 6 to 7 months after the due date, the loan is written off by the bank. The settlement will take place either before or after the bank's write off. The difference in all cases is that if it is completed before the write off, the report will reflect the state "settled," but if it is done after the write off, the status will show "post write off settlement." The bank, on the other hand, considers all conditions to be negative. It would not assist you with obtaining a loan.

The bank will still be cautious to offer a loan to someone with such a status on their credit report. If the person who made those remarks goes on to apply for a loan in the future, the bank is likely to refuse the offer. To stop running into such cases, it is often recommended to repay the EMIs, or equated monthly instalments, on time. This is because whatever the lender is, they can always review the borrower's past repayment history and background, as well as the sum for which the settlement was done. It is also suggested to seek a no-dues certificate from the lender to ensure that the individual has a confirmed record with him/her and that the rate of interest will not be adjusted for the amount settled for.

As a result, it is clear how the settlement impacts a person's credit record and what the consequences are. It not only affects the person at the moment, but it also limits or excludes the person's potential eligibility for a loan as soon as the settlement is made.

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