November 02, 2016

Discover Credit Scorecard Named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2016 “The Best List”

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Discover Credit Scorecard was named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2016 The Best List as one of the best Free Credit Sites. Launched in May, Credit Scorecard is an online service that gives consumers their FICO® Credit Score for free, even if they are not Discover customers1.

“With the launch of Credit Scorecard earlier this year, Discover provided all U.S. consumers with free and easy access to their FICO® Credit Score,” said Julie Loeger, Discover’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Discover believes in helping everyone better understand their credit score and providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to stay on top of their credit. This recognition from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance underscores this commitment and the positive impact that Credit Scorecard can have on consumers’ financial health.”

People believe the simple act of checking one’s credit score can have a positive impact on their credit behavior, according to an independent survey2 commissioned by Discover. The survey found that of those who had checked their credit score within the last year, 61 percent said checking their score helped them improve their credit behavior, such as paying bills on time, paying down loans and maintaining low credit card balances. In addition, 60 percent of those who had checked their credit score within the last year said they saw their score improve, including 21 percent who said their score improved greatly and 39 percent who said their score improved slightly.

Credit Scorecard is the latest in a line of products and services offered by Discover to help consumers establish credit and better manage their finances. Earlier this year, Discover launched the Discover it® Secured Credit Card for those looking to build or rebuild their credit. In 2013, Discover became the first major credit card issuer to provide FICO® Scores for free to cardmembers on their monthly statements and online.

Users can sign up at to get their personalized credit profile and FICO® Score based on data from Experian, a global leader in consumer credit reporting. With the launch of Credit Scorecard, Discover is the only credit card issuer to offer FICO® Scores for free to everyone.

In addition to providing consumers with their FICO® Score for free, Credit Scorecard offers:

  • Information about what is helping and/or hurting the consumer’s FICO® Score
  • Summary of data that helps determine the consumer’s FICO® Score, including:
    • Number of missed payments
    • Number of accounts
    • Number of recent inquiries
    • Revolving credit usage
    • Length of credit history
  • Resources and education materials to help consumers stay on top of their credit

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About Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s The Best List

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance takes product, service and investment categories that they regularly cover and lets their staff experts winnow them down to the best (at the time—not for, say, the calendar year). They start with objective criteria and apply their own expert judgment when appropriate.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit

1 FICO® Credit Scores provided by Credit Scorecard are based on data from Experian and may be different from other credit scores. See to learn more. FICO is a registered trademark of the Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.

2 The national survey of 2,000 consumers ages 18 and over was commissioned by Discover and conducted in March 2016 by Toluna, an independent survey research firm. The maximum margin of sampling error was ±5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. The results were based on consumers’ self-reported estimated credit scores.

Source: Discover Financial Services

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Derek Cuculich