What Percent of Consumers Have Subprime Credit Scores?

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Feb 02, 2015
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Credit Scores, Research, Current Events, Credit Reports

Answer:  56%

From Washington Post:

The majority, or 56 percent, of consumers have subprime credit scores, according to a report released Thursday by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a nonprofit that advocates for policy changes to help low- and moderate-income households. As a result, these consumers are often locked out of the lending markets. And if they are borrowing, chances are they’re missing  out on the lowest rates being offered to consumers with stronger credit.

Blame the Great Recession (wait, but isn’t that old history?), as one astute observer noted:

“In the world of consumer credit scoring, if you mess up, it’s a seven to 10 year penalty,” says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at CreditSesame.com, a credit management Web site.

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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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