Now that the methodology behind credit scores has been in the public for a long time, banks have found a new measurement which they’ve managed to keep somewhat private. While this calculation has been in use for twenty years, it has largely been kept off the public radar screen.
Your bankruptcy risk score is used in addition to your FICO credit score by banks to determine your worthiness. Scores range from below zero to about 2,000, and a lower score is better. Here are more technical details on the calculation.
While this information has been kept private for the most part, Experian is considering making the scores public (for a price, I would imagine). There is some good news:
The things that improve your bankruptcy risk score are the same ones that improve your credit score: Pay your bills on time and apply for credit sparingly.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published January 13, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.