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this week quietly marked the end of one of the most reviled credit card industry practices in recent years: hiking cardholders' interest rates based solely on their declining credit scores. Known in the industry as universal default, the practice has been roundly criticized  by consumer advocates, members of Congress and consumers. Paying a utility bill late, missing a payment on a different credit card, having too many inquiries on a credit report or being rejected for a credit application may all potentially lower a credit score. Until March 1, 2008, a lower credit score could trigger an interest rate hike for ...
It allows its holder to buy goods and services based on the holder's promise to pay for these goods and services. The issuer of the card grants a line of credit to the consumer (or the user) from which the user can borrow money for payment to a merchant or as a cash advance to the user. Usage of the term "credit card" to imply a credit card account is a metonym . A credit card is different from a charge card : a charge card requires the balance to be paid in full each month. In contrast, credit cards allow the consumers a continuing balance of debt, subject to interest being charged. Most credit cards are issued by
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penalty fees annually. President Obama has said no more to unfair rate hikes and undisclosed fees as he signed into law the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure ( CARD ) Act of 2009. The new credit card laws are now in effect. 1. No more universal defaults. What is universal default? Universal default is the practice of raising interest rates on cardholders based on their payment records with other credit issuers. In other words, if you paid your utility bill late, your credit card company could raise your interest rate but no more. 2. Under these new laws any payments over the minimum due must go toward ... market research, surveys and trends
The Truth About Christian Credit Card Consolidation | | Job ...
With the cost of everything looking set to rise for the next few years, more and more Christians are finding it a strain to keep control of their personal finances. In the past many have turned to HELOCs to help refinance but these do not represent a long term solution and indeed have become increasingly unavailable due to falling house prices and the credit crunch. For this reason there is an increasing demand for credit card consolidation services but by and large I have little faith in these. The problem with any form of consolidation is that it feeds the debt monster if one doesn’t commit to changing the way ... market research, surveys and trends

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"Taking Charge " by Robert Gordon and Derek Douglas
In 1949, a finance executive named Frank McNamara invited two friends to dinner at Major's Cabin Grill in New York City. At the end of the meal, McNamara found that he had forgotten his wallet, and he was forced to call his wife for money. McNamara vowed never to face that humiliation again. He made good on the vow: A year later, he returned to Major's and this time paid the bill with a new product--a small piece of cardboard. Thus was born Diners Club, the world's first credit card. Within a year, 20,000 such cards were in circulation throughout the country; today, there are 1.5 billion--five for every American ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Consumer Action :: 2009 Credit Card Survey
If you’ve opened a credit card statement in recent months, you may have noticed a jolt in your interest rate or a spike in fees. Maybe your minimum payment has shot up a few percentage points, making your monthly bill much harder to meet. These changes don’t apply only to those with imperfect payment histories. Often they apply to even the best of customers. Currently, card issuers don’t need a reason to raise your rate. “Our Capital One rate went from 5.9% to 15.9% and the Chase card rose similarly by 10 [points],” a Gainsville, FL couple told Consumer Action. “We’re puzzled by the ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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How can you avoid being ripped off? Credit Cards. A CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO. Credit Cards .... UNIVERSAL DEFAULT: A consumer's interest rate can skyrocket ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Choosing A Credit Card: The Deal is in the Disclosures
A credit card lets you buy things and pay for them over time. Using a credit card is a form of borrowing: you have to pay the money back. When you are choosing a credit card, there are many features — and several kinds of cards — to consider: Fees, charges, interest rates, and benefits can vary among credit card issuers. As a result, some credit cards that look like a great deal at first glance may lose their appeal once you read the terms and conditions of use and calculate how the fees could affect your available credit. Important terms of use generally must be disclosed in any credit card application and even ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Penalty Interest Rates, Universal Default, and the Common Pool ...
By a universal default clause, we mean the following: Many credit card contracts .... avoid the double punishment that would result from defaulting on two ...
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What happens if I miss a credit card payment (first time ...
I'm 20 years old and I pay all of my bills, have my own place, and I pay for my college. I recently had some car issues and I paid to fix it with my credit card. I just started a new job and I'm getting my first pay check AFTER the bill for my credit card is due. What would happen if I was unable to make a payment on time? (note this is the first time I have ever done this) I'm looking for answers that include penalties, if my rate would go up, etc. I plan on paying my entire credit card off as soon as I get my first paycheck, which will be 4 days after my credit card payment is due. It depends on your ...
Paying Off Debt v. Safety-Net Savings (Given the New Circumstances ...
Traditional wisdom suggests that saving money while in debt is a bad idea: you pay hundreds of times more in finance charges on money you owe than you would get in interest on money you save. Under this scenario, your "safety net", at least until you are debt-free, would be the credit lines you are clearing out. However, in a response to a Lifehacker comment I made outlining this traditional wisdom, someone replied that given the financial crisis, companies could then lower your credit limit, regardless of cause, killing your safety net. Given this, is the traditional wisdom now wrong? Over the months to come, is ...