Experian's latest State of Credit report found that Americans of all ages are maintaining healthy credit profiles, despite the economic fallout brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic
The credit bureau's 11th annual credit report highlights that, on average, consumers are managing their credit better year over year. Younger consumers, in particular, are showing responsible credit management trends.
Some of the behaviors attributing to young people's success include lowering overall credit card debt, reducing credit utilization rates and making fewer missed payments. The report further breaks down the credit performance across each generation, looking at credit scores and borrowing behaviors.
Here's what we decipher from Experian's 2020 State of Credit report.
According to Experian's analysis, Gen Y (also known as millennials, ages 38-25) and Gen Z (ages 24 and below) have had the greatest positive changes to their credit profiles. In its report, Experian uses data from Q2 2019 and Q2 2020 and looks only at VantageScore credit scores, which range on a scale from 300 to 850.
The three takeaways from Experian that show how young consumers are leading the positive results are summarized below:
There's a lot we can learn from millennials and Gen Z consumers when it comes to improving our overall financial health. Paying down credit card balances and making on-time payments are both major drivers in improving a person's credit score. To see for yourself where your credit utilization rate stands, look to your credit report, which shows your total credit usage.
Consumers can pull their credit report for free from the three main credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — on a weekly basis at AnnualCreditReport.com. You can check your credit score for free or consider signing up for a credit monitoring service. Credit monitoring tracks your credit score for you and alerts you of any real-time changes to your credit report, good or bad.
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Instantly raise your credit score: Another resource that provides an opportunity to quickly boost your credit score is Experian Boost. The free service lets you add your on-time phone, internet, cable, utility (gas, electricity, water) and streaming payments to your Experian credit report. According to its website, average users receiving a boost reported a 13-point increase in their FICO Score.
In breaking down their 2020 findings by generation, Experian was able to find that younger borrowers still stood out when it came to paying their bills and keeping a low balance on their credit cards.
The below are four results from Experian's report.
The results from Experian's latest State of Credit report are overall positive in the growth of consumers' credit health year over year.
While younger consumers are leading the charge, staying on top of your credit is crucial for a healthy financial future no matter your age.