Your credit score is determined by credit (i.e., debt) related factors like your balance and payment history. As such, investing doesn’t directly impact your credit score (except in rare, specific circumstances).
What is a credit score?
Your credit score is a three-digit number that tells creditors how well you manage your debts. Anytime you take out, use or make payment on a debt, your lender reports your activities to the credit bureaus. They compile this information into a financial history of your debts and payments – your credit report.
The information in your credit report then feeds into your credit score. The higher the score, the better your credit, and the less risk you pose to lenders.
Most people have several credit scores issued by different companies (the big two being FICO and VantageScore). Though their weighting varies slightly, credit scorers essentially measure the same five factors, including your:
As it says in the name, your credit score is only impacted by your credit – debt – usage. Since investing doesn’t usually involve you taking on debt, your investment activities shouldn’t impact your credit score.
In fact, your brokerage usually won’t even check your credit score when you apply to open an account. It also won’t report your investment activities to the credit bureaus, even when you lose money.
Rarely, investing activities can impact your credit score. The primary example is when you open a margin account.
Margin accounts let you borrow money or securities from your brokerage. Since some brokerages consider these accounts “loans,” they may check your credit before opening your account. Typically, these checks drop your score 5-10 points for just a few months.
Investing may also lower your score if you tie up too much cash in your accounts.
For instance, if you lose your mortgage payment day trading, your mortgage lender will report the missed payment. Or, if you tie up your emergency fund in poorly-performing assets, you may take a loss when you need cash the most.
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