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Gaining access to credit, like a loan or a new credit card, has become more difficult this year. And if you’ve got a credit score that lenders have deemed “bad,” it’s even harder.
Reacting to economic uncertainty, banks have tightened lending standards for households across all major categories in 2020, including mortgage, credit card, auto, and consumer loans, according to Federal Reserve data.
Lenders and creditors use your credit score and the details on your credit report to determine your creditworthiness, or the risk that they might take on by lending you money. If you have a bad credit score, lenders may view you as more