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Lending Companies Up Their Standards

November 05, 2009
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It has become more difficult to get lending companies and credit card issuers to approve your requests. They now offer their services to only those who have reached their standards. Those requests that have been filed by people who did not reach this standard will find it difficult to look for a credit card company who will approve their requests.

This is in light of the new credit card laws that have been passed just recently. Congress and President Barack Obama passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure act of 2009 that will protect consumers from unreasonable credit card companies and policies.

This law protects consumers from propaganda, gimmicks, scams and other ways in which a credit card company could get more money out of their customers. The provisions of this law are concentrated on the welfare of the consumers which may be the reason why credit card companies have become guarded and they now choose their clients more carefully.

Under this law, cardholders and consumers are protected against arbitrary interest rates increase which mean credit card companies can no longer increase their interest rates at will. This provision protects card companies to inform their clients of any interest rate increase by giving them 45 days notice before the interest rates are implemented. Consumers are also given the right to cancel their cards if there is an interest hike but they will have to pay off their balance at the existing interest rate.

The provisions of these laws also prevent the credit card companies make money at the cost of their consumers. Sometimes, credit card companies sell their packages by "tricking" their clients with confusing and misleading terms that would prevent them from making the right decisions.

Credit cardholders now have the option to set limits on the credit that they use. Having fixed credit will limit the spending of consumers. This will also ensure that they will only be spending what they can pay. Credit card companies will not be able to able to change this agreement.

These are just some of the provisions included in this law. Here we can see that congress has limited the actions of credit card companies. These limits do not allow the companies to abuse their power over their customer's payments and credits. Simply put, this law limits the money making capacity of the credit card companies.

Credit card companies know that they are already being closely monitored by the government. This leaves decision making to the consumers in the hopes that their experience will have taught them the real value of the privilege called credit cards.

One of the reasons why America's economy fell is because of the number of people who could not pay their credit card balances. Many of the American people bought things that they don't need with money that they do not have. So many did this so that when the time comes for them to pay, they did not have the means to pay their credit card companies. The effect is that many companies were forced to shut down and declare bankruptcy.

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  • Larry
    With the Virgin / Barclaycard signature offer, there seems to be some consumer deception or maybe even outright fraud goin on.   I decided to jump on this offer..  read all the info on it..  was approved for their platinum card, paid the fee, then was only awarded 10,000 points instead of the advertised 20,000.   When i inquired about the less than advertised bonus points, Barclaycard claims only Signiture Visa cardmembers get the 20,000..  as a platinum cardholder, you don't qualify for that level of bonus, so you get 10k instead.   Well, in their current ongoing promotions, it states plain as day that....    Applicants approved for the Visa Signature or Platinum Card with $49 annual fee will receive 20,000 Bonus Points awarded to your Virgin America Rewards Account at the close of the first billing statement in which you make your first purchase or balance transfer (that is not returned or rescinded) and have paid the Annual Fee on the account (and such fee is not rescinded). They don't mention anything about a separate program for platinum cardholders..  However, trying to get someone to resolve this issue with either Virgin or Barclaycard seems to be rather impossible.. Seems to me they're simply drawing people in with the fraudulent offer, then simply saying, oh, we're sorry you don't qualify..  but thanks for signing up for our garbage credit card with insane fees..   
  • CreditLandCom
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We have reviewed this offer and you are correct, nowhere it is mentioned that 20,000 Bonus can become a 10,000 Bonus all of a sudden... We will mention this in our review of this card so others can make an informed decision. Another way to get Virgin miles is to get an American Express charge card: The Business Gold Rewards Card® now offers 50,000 Miles, though you do have to spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership to get it. It also has $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175. http://www.credit-land.com/details/the-business-gold-rewards-card-from-american-express-open.php Premier Rewards Gold Card now offers 25,000 Miles, though you do have to spend $2,000 during your first three months of Card membership. It also has annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $175. http://www.credit-land.com/details/american-express-premier-rewards-gold-card.php While we do not know If any of these offers make sense to you, we are at least sure that you will get advertised bonus in full if you decide to get them... Conversion rates for Virgin America are: 100 Elevate Points = 200 Membership Rewards® Points All the best.
  • Deborah Ellsworth
     would very much like to start a new credit history  by making payments on time I would tohave a credit card that is NOT PREPAYID! I don't need a card with a high limit just something to start a new credit history. Thank You Deborah Ellsworth
  • Deborah Ellsworth
    I would very much like to start a new credit line to get back on track. I DO NOT WANT A PREPAID CARD!! This new credit card if I am approved does not have to hace a high limit just something for me to start over again and prove myself ThankYou. D Ellsworth
  • Miss Edna
    there is a huge problem with the RFIP chip: it is easily compromised. There are already 'readers' in the form of what looks like a cellphone in a case, that scans all the info in the chip by merely walking near a person -- this 'reader' penetrates leather, cloth, spandex, etc. The only thing it will NOT penetrate is METAL. Perhaps one has seen commercials touting metal credit card cases. Here is my hint for a free fix: cut a piece of aluminum foil or use the foil that is used to keep foods fresh, like coffee. Cut it so that when folded once, it forms a sleeve for your credit card. place the credit card in the sleeve, then place the sleeve in your wallet.
  • Robin Parks
    I am looking to apply for the AARP Visa signature card from Chase that offers $100 after spend $500 in first 3 months, no annual fee and 0% interest first year; I don't want to mail in offer because of having to write in Social security #. Can you direct me to the proper on-line site?
  • CreditLandCom
    The Chase bank cards are not currently available at Credit-Land.com, but you can consider applying for the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card - $100 Cash Back. The cards has similar terms and cash back program.
  • Becky
    This is Becky Now what do I do just waqit for acard to come to me?
  • CreditLandCom
    Once you have applied, you should receive a letter within 10 business days letting you know if you were approved and when your card will arrive. If you did not receive any letter or notification from the issuer, you should contact them directly. Also, you should contact the issuer if you’ve been waiting for your credit card longer than 30 days. Since we are not a bank and don’t issue credit cards, we cannot give you any information about your application or credit card.
  • SavingStar
    Thank you for posting about SavingStar. Just to clarify one sentence in your article, we have over 5 million members (not 500). Thanks, Josh
  • CreditLandCom
    Sorry for the misprint. We’ve corrected the sentence. Thank you for noticing that.
  • Eric
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