Types of Credit Rating Agencies

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Knowing and understanding credit history affects families everywhere.
Knowing and understanding credit history affects families everywhere. (Image: family image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Obtaining and maintaining good credit is important. Credit, whether good or bad, follows you in all aspects of life. In certain cases, credit has the ability to not only affect borrowing in the future, but it can also affect employment. So, it is imperative to keep track of your credit history. Credit reporting agencies also help companies to evaluate possible credit risks as well as rewards. Today, technology makes it easy to keep up with credit standing with immediate online access. In the United States there are three credit rating agencies available to individual and businesses: TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. Monitoring all three on a consistent basis is very important, because all your accounts do not report to all three agencies.

TransUnion

TransUnion is a credit monitoring and management company with more than 40 years of experience. Using analytics and consumer and commercial data collection, TransUnion's key areas of expertise as a credit rating agency are: automotive, collections, communications, financial services, retail, insurance and health care. TransUnion keeps credit records on more than 500 million people worldwide. Other than just rating consumer credit, in 2002 TransUnion also included services to help protect and improve the credit of individuals. TransUnion has its headquarters in Chicago.

When you are buying a new car, automotive companies look thoroughly at your credit history.
When you are buying a new car, automotive companies look thoroughly at your credit history. (Image: front of red cabriolet image by goce risteski from Fotolia.com)

Equifax

As the oldest credit rating agency, Equifax has assisted consumers with monitoring their credit scores, protecting their identity and managing debt for more than 100 years. Also using consumer and commercial data and advanced analytics to report credit history, Equifax basically offers the exact services as its other counterparts. Equifax is based in Atlanta and is a publicly traded company.

Credit cards have the potential to seriously affect your credit score.
Credit cards have the potential to seriously affect your credit score. (Image: credit card image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Experian

Experian markets itself as an agency that helps individuals monitor their credit while educating and offering credit advice. Experian offers services for protecting against identity theft, while helping retailers with debt collection. Experian is the youngest of the three credit-reporting agencies, having been formed by a merger of British and U.S. companies in 1996. It is also the only one with its headquarters outside the U.S.

Managing your credit history can protect against identity theft.
Managing your credit history can protect against identity theft. (Image: female sitting on her bed image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

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