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What happens to your credit score if you cancel unused plastic?

November 13, 2013|By David Lazarus

Michael has a credit card he hasn't used in about two years. It has no balance but it does have a $6 monthly fee.

Michael's question: If he cancels the card, will it affect his credit score?

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Generally speaking, creditors get fidgety anytime someone cancels plastic. They suspect that you're carrying beaucoup debt and thus represent a greater risk. So your credit score can go down.

Should you worry? And how many credit cards should you have?

For the answers, check out today's Ask Laz video.

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