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  • Credit Score Matters at Retirement

    Isn’t having no responsibility except for living happily ever after the reason for your retirement? You don’t have to worry about getting up and going to work and being anywhere on time. You have all the time in the world to do whatever you want and at your convenience. You think it is the end of meeting your mortgage payments and just live with the retirement money that you have managed to save throughout the years. There won’t be any foreseeable borrowing needs but you cannot deny that you might have to borrow. So, it becomes important that you maintain a good credit score even at the time of your retirement.

    Following are the reasons that you need to maintain your credit score even after your retirement:

    • Lower credit score will keep your insurance cost down

      Credit scores are used to determine your insurance premium rates. If you have a good credit score you will be deemed to be more responsible and better at risk. When you have a higher credit score, you will have more options and will be in a place to negotiate the terms and the interest rates.

    • You get the option to refinance your mortgage

      A good credit score will allow you to easily refinance your mortgage. In the event your financials worsen, you can avail cash through the cash-out reference.

    • If you are moving to a different location

      In the old age a big house becomes difficult to manage and you decide to move out or move away from the busy city life, you need to have a good credit score to avail approval from the property owner. If you need to finance anything, your credit score will help you dictate your own terms and conditions.

    • You can save while you spend

      You will just be spending the money you saved for your retirement, you can instead take reward credit cards and avail cashback and cash rewards on purchases and grocery shopping. To avail the best rewards credit card, you will need a high credit score. If you are considering the fact that credit cards charge an interest rate, you can make the card balance payment in full each month and not incur any interest rate charges.

    • Helps you take a loan if you want to help anyone with financial troubles

      If your family member is in any financial trouble and turns to you for help, you don't necessarily have to dip into your savings, you can take a loan using credit card, cash advance or line of credit. You need to have a good credit score to take the loan.

    • When you need credit to pay for the emergency expenses

      Your car can break down at any time, your house might need repairing and you will need to have a cash reserve of at least 6 months’ worth of living. But certain major expenses may burn a hole through the cash reserve and you may run out of money and you will have to borrow. Ensuring that your credit score is high gives you the option to avail credit.

    • You can follow your passion and maybe start a small business

      Retirement for most people is the chance to do what they really love, from painting to building things, you can start a small self-sufficient business, you might not require a huge capital but you will however incur some cost. When you have a good credit score, you will know that you can easily avail credit to meet the costs attached with your small start-up.

    It is easy to maintain a good credit score in your retirement all you have to do is be proactive and monitor your credit usage. Continue using your credit card and make the payments in full each month. Keep a track of your credit report so that you don’t fall victim to the identity theft.

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