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FICO Launches New Credit Scoring Model: Your Score Might Change, But Your Mortgage Prospects? Probably Not

January 23, 2020

By Aly J Yale 

Fair credit score report with pen

  • FICO is launching a new scoring model this summer, called the FICO Score 10. 
  • The new model will take into account a consumer’s account balances and missed payments over the last two years.
  • About 40 million consumers will see their scores drop as a result.

A whopping 110 million Americans will likely see their credit scores change this summer, thanks to a newly announced credit scoring model from Fair Isaac Corp.—the company behind FICO scores.

Though some consumers may experience a bump in numbers, about 40 million will see their scores drop—likely around 20 points, according to Fair Isaac reps. 

The new approach will weigh delinquencies—particularly those in the last two years—more heavily than past models, putting borrowers with late payments on their records at a disadvantage. Consumers with a history of high utilization ratios (the amount of credit you use vs. what you have available) will also see their scores drop.

Additionally, Fair Isaac has said it plans to flag borrowers who apply for personal loans, which are generally considered riskier than other financial products.