It seems like every few months we’re hearing about a new data breach that has compromised our personal information. Most recently it was Equifax, which affected near half the United States population. Even though we’d like to think our information is secure, vigilance is crucial. It’s important that you always have a good understanding of what’s on your credit report.
Capital One is making it easy for everyone to stay in the know with CreditWise from Capital One. Once only available to Capital One cardholders, this free service is now available to anyone.
1. CreditWise from Capital One was rebranded in 2016
Early in 2016 CreditWise from Capital One was rebranded from Capital One Credit Tracker. Even though Capital One was already helping millions of consumers track their credit reports, they wanted to do even more. The rebrand not only included a new name, but it provided a launching pad for many new features.
Capital One wanted to help consumers with more than just a credit score. They wanted people to understand exactly what goes into that score and how certain factors can affect it, both good and bad.
“CreditWise gives users so much more than just a score – it helps them understand what makes up their score, what makes it go up, what makes it go down, and focuses on actions they can take to improve it. With CreditWise, we have our customers’ backs when it comes to their credit health,” said Sarah Strauss, Managing Vice President of U.S. Card at Capital One.
2. CreditWise Includes TransUnion VantageScore 3.0
Not only is CreditWise free for anyone to use, even those without a Capital One card, but you will also have unlimited access to check your TransUnion VantageScore 3.0.
With the new technologies that Capital One has implemented, you will become updated faster when your credit score changes or when something pops up on your credit report. You will also have the chance to predict the effects that certain actions will have on your TransUnion score.
3. Simulate How Different Factors Will Affect your Credit Score
One of the coolest features of the new CreditWise from Capital One is their simulator. Through their iphone or Android app, you will have the ability to understand how certain factors might impact your credit score. Maybe you are planning to pay down $2,000 on your credit card, which will increase your available credit and decrease your credit utilization. Maybe you are just thinking about asking for a credit line increase. With CreditWise from Capital One, you will be given a best guess on what the impact on your credit score will be.
4. Receive Weekly Updates on Your Credit Report
Staying on top of your credit report is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your information stays in the right hands. With CreditWise from Capital One you will receive updates each time something new happens with your credit report. It might be a new inquiry on your account or because you have something delinquent. Whatever the case might be, you’ll know about it.
5. CreditWise Credit Scores Shouldn’t Be Relied Upon Exclusively
The information that you receive from CreditWise is incredibly valuable to just about anyone. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not the only piece of the puzzle when it comes to your financial picture. It’s a great way to measure your financial health, but you need to consider other things if you are looking to take out a loan. The reason is simple. Your lender is going to look at more than just your TransUnion VantageScore numbers.
6. Capital One Offers a Wide Range of Products Offering CreditWise
Capital One is one of the largest issuers of credit cards in the United States. Even though CreditWise is no longer exclusive to cardholders, it’s still a valuable benefit to have with a Capital One card. Those with excellent credit can use it to monitor for any negative activity that could harm them. Anyone with less than ideal credit can use the service to monitor progress as they look to rebuild their credit score.
Here is a look at a few of the Capital One cards that will have CreditWise included:
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
Anyone looking to have a travel rewards credit card in their wallet will love the Capital One® Venture® Rewards credit card. When you sign up you will receive 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months. This is worth $500 in credit toward travel. Then each time you use your card you will receive 2x miles per dollar spent.
When it comes time to redeem your miles you can do so on any travel purchase. You’ll just apply the miles in your account to the travel purchase you made within the past 90 days. This card comes with no foreign transaction fees, but it does have a $95 annual fee, which is waived the first year.
Capital One® VentureOne® from Capital One®
If you like the idea of having a travel rewards card, but would prefer to have no annual fee, the Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards card is an option. When you sign up you will receive a smaller 20,000 miles bonus after spending $1,000 in purchases within three months. Plus, you will earn 1.25 miles per dollar spent.
Are you planning to make a large purchase in the near future? If so, then this might be a great card to have. You will receive an introductory zero percent APR on purchases for the first 12 months. This will give you plenty of time to pay off your item before accruing interest.
Besides not having an annual fee, the Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards credit card also comes with no foreign transaction fees and all the benefits of a Visa Signature card.
Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Credit Card
The previous two cards were for people with excellent credit. However, if your score is a little less than perfect, then the Capital One® QuicksilverOne® card might be best. With this card you are going to earn 1.5 percent cash back on every purchase you make. Because this card has a flat cash back rate, you don’t need to remember a bunch of rotating categories.
As an added perk for cardholders, you can purchase Spotify Premium with the Capital One® QuicksilverOne® card and receive 50 percent back as a statement credit through April 2018. There is an annual fee of $39.
Capital One® Secured Mastercard®
If you’ve had some struggles with your credit score in the past, then a card like the Capital One® Secured Mastercard® might be for you. This card is meant for people trying to get their credit score back on track by making good choices and establishing positives habits moving forward.
You will start with a credit line of $200 when you make a security deposit of $49, $99, or $200. Then when you make your first five payments on time you will receive a bump in your credit limit without the requirement of a higher deposit. The Capital One® Secured Mastercard® is a great way to build your credit with no annual fee.
Allow CreditWise to Keep You In The Know
CreditWise from Capital One is a great program to help you stay on top of your credit. Not only will you have the chance to monitor your credit report for inaccuracies, but you will also have a continuous look into your credit score. The best part is that the service is free and it’s for anyone.