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Hello. I have good credit now, according to my credit report (Equifax – 737). However, I filed for and received bankruptcy in Aug 2008. I am self-employed and have a modest income. What is the best card choice for me?

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Problems with credit history and struggles to balance the payments are something every American is struggling with. The good news is that there are ways out and the bad news is it takes time. If you have had bad times in the past and had to file a bankruptcy, it is still not the end of the road. If you persist then there are definite ways around the system and you can get credit based on what your credit scores have been since then. Firstly it is commendable that you have an average credit score following your bankruptcy. One thing that is tantamount is the fact that the bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for ten years. That means another 8 years before it is scratched off your record.

However, this is not a completely hopeless situation. You can opt for a card which is at a low limit. Since you have dealt with debt and the repercussions of it in the past, you will know about being a responsible spender and choosing the right cards. Make sure you start off with a low credit limit and low rate of interest to begin with. There is a myth that getting a credit card after a bankruptcy is next to impossible. This is untrue and whether you have filed for a chapter 13 or chapter 7 bankruptcy, you can start fresh with a new credit card. What matters now and going forward is the credit score you have which in your case is pretty decent.

The best card to apply for is one where you can get approved with minimum hassle and where you have least chances of being rejected as it should not look like you are shopping around for credit. Lenders who deal with people who have been in bad credit situations and also those who are looking for a card post their bankruptcy can help you in this regard. You should also bear in mind that your credit score is not bad so with a little research you will be able to find a card that works for you. Of course, the ideal option would be to go for a secured card first and then try for other options.

The credit cards after a bankruptcy may not be from the big names but smaller financial institutions. However they will serve the purpose. The longer you wait till you apply for the card after the bankruptcy the better it is for you. Some names you can try are Centennial secured credit card, Public savings secured Visa credit card among others.

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