Why did my credit score drop 40 points after paying off debt?

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    Paying off any debt reduces your credit score by a few points because it affects the average age of your credit account. The effect is more if it is an older account.

    Once your debt is paid, the account is closed, which also affects your credit mix. In addition, if it is a credit card account, your credit utilization rate increases, which further adds to the drop in your score. However, this is temporary. It is always a good thing to close off debts because it reflects well on your credit behavior. Lenders may see the successful payment of a loan as a positive sign and responsible credit behavior.

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