Myth: When you close a credit card account, your credit scores will always go down.

Date: December 10, 2013

Fact: While it is possible for your credit scores to go

down as a result of closing a credit card account, it’s not a

definite. The reason your scores could go down would be due to the loss

of the credit limit of the newly closed card in your debt-to-credit

limit ratio measurements. If you are carrying debt on other credit cards

then your debt-to-limit ratio, which is calculated by dividing your

aggregate credit card debt by your aggregate credit limits on open

credit cards, will likely go up. This can cause your credit scores to go

down. However, if you are not carrying debt on other credit cards or

the credit limit on the newly closed card was modest enough then the

account closure may not result in a change in your debt-to-limit ratio

sufficient to result in a score reduction.

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