If someone didn’t have enough information in their file to create a credit score in the past, those trying to use the site would be informed of this, and told they would receive an email when there was enough information for them to have a credit score. That is no longer the case. Those who sign up with Credit Karma will be shown their current credit report even if there isn’t enough information in it to produce a credit score. In addition, they will get information explaining why they currently don’t have a credit score, along with steps they can take to begin creating a credit history to get a credit score.
Credit Karma obviously sees this as an excellent opportunity to beef up their bottom line. Consumers who don’t have a credit history can be quite lucrative to a company like Credit Karma, since it can be easier to convert them on offers the site provides. This means the site can recommend credit cards and other types of loans which can help to build credit, which is how they make money. This gives Credit Karma more opportunities to get consumers to adopt products because thin file consumers don’t have to be convinced to switch from a product they already have.
Credit Karma isn’t the only one who understands that thin file consumers need more access to a score. FICO has a new credit score aimed at those potential borrowers who have thin files by taking into account bill payments that aren’t normally used for credit scores such as mobile phone, cable TV, Internet, and utility payments. The FICO Expansion Score takes into account your bill paying history to form a credit risk score.
For those who don’t have enough information in their credit history to currently warrant a traditional credit score, understanding why they don’t can be an important step toward making a decision of whether it’s worth it for them to get one. Since there are a lot of compelling reasons to have a good credit score rather than none at all, including it allows you to save a lot of money,