How to read your credit report

Your credit report contains a lot of information on your financial history. While you might want to skip right to your credit score, it’s important to understand your credit report so that you know how to improve it. Here, we will explain your credit report, what’s included in it, and what this information means to you.

What is your credit report?

Your credit report pulls together information relating to your borrowing and credit history. This can be used by banks, financial institutions, utility companies, or the government. Your credit report does include your credit score, but it also includes much more information that lenders and other entities might use, to see how trustworthy you are at paying back your debts.

What can you see on your credit report?

Your credit report will have a variety of different information relating to your credit history. The most basic information includes:

  • Customer information - including name, gender, date of birth, and nationality
  • Employment - current employment and income
  • Contact info - including address, email, and phone number

Below, you can see the different sections on your credit report as they relate to your credit history, the detailed information included in each section, what the information means, and what you should avoid.

Get your credit report

Now that you know how to read your credit report, here in the UAE you can go ahead and get it from the Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB). You can get a credit report anytime you like, but remember there are fees involved in getting your report generated.

Download the AECB report app and have your credit report at your fingertips.

Understanding your credit score

The biggest piece of information on your credit report is your credit score. This is a number ranging from 300 to 900. The higher your score, the more trustworthy you appear to lenders. You should do your best to have a credit score around 700 so that you can get better interest rates and faster approvals in the future, if needed.

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