6: Too many accounts recently opened


Opening multiple accounts in a relatively short period of time is a proven indicator of increased risk because the history on those new accounts is not long enough to provide sufficient payment and account information to demonstrate responsible behavior. In addition, having multiple accounts that are relatively new is seen as a higher risk because of the possibility of becoming overextended, which can then lead to late payments or defaulting on the account.


Use your existing credit responsibly and make your payments on time. Your credit score will benefit as you make payments on time and manage the accounts in a responsible fashion. Manage your credit wisely by planning ahead for your credit needs and avoid applying for more credit than you need.