6 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score -- Fast

Is your credit score in the doldrums?

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Is your credit score in the doldrums? If you're in the market for a loan, you need your score to rise – fast.

Good news: You may indeed be able to give your score a quick lift, depending on why it's sagging in the first place. A large amount of credit card debt, for example, may be more easily and speedily resolved than an account that's in default.

Here are six ways to elevate your credit score, from those that can produce fast results to ones that require a slow and steady approach. Take a look.

Lisa Gerstner
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Lisa has spent more than15 years with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and heads up the magazine’s annual rankings of the best banks, best rewards credit cards, and financial-services firms with the best customer service. She reports on a variety of other topics, too, from retirement to health care to money concerns for millennials. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.