The key here is that even if you purchase your FICO score, it likely won't be the same number a bank or other lender would see.
Look for higher interest rates on mortgages, just for starters. Rates for other consumer loans, including credit cards, also could be affected.
There is a plastic ceiling -- credit cards that will be denied to you no matter how high your credit scores are.
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New federal rules will expand consumers' right to review their all-important credit scores, and they won't have to pay to see them.
It's not your all-important FICO score, but it can provide you with very important information.
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