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What Are The Common Credit Card Terms?

Answered on | Updated on August 12th, 2010
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In order to be able to effectively manage your credit card accounts, then you must know the terms associated with credit and credit cards. Read on the basic terms a consumer will be dealing with for as long as he or she owns a credit card.

* “Annual Percentage Rate” (APR), or the Interest Rate, is what the credit card owner needs to pay annually. Most credit card companies promise a 0% APR as a form of promotion. This payment is made in addition to other payments made with the credit card.

* The interest to be charged to the consumer is computed using the “Average Daily Balance”. To be able to identify this interest, the Average Daily Balance would first have to be identified, and this is done by dividing the balance in the credit by the number of days in that specific month.

* A “Balance Transfer”, on the other hand, is the activity of transferring the balance from one credit card to another.

* “Bankruptcy” is filed by a consumer who is unable to pay the balances in his or her credit card.

* A “Credit Report” is the report of the consumer’s purchasing activities with his or her credit cards. Each consumer has three credit reports, each from the three credit bureaus. It also contains personal information, identification, payment history, and a lot more.

* “Cash Advance Fee” is the fee the card holder must pay per cash advance. Normally, this fee is greater compared to the rate of interest on purchases. Paying for cash advance fee is common among consumers, because most credit card companies do not allow withdrawals from Automated Teller Machines using their credit cards.

* “Credit History” shows the consumer’s purchasing activities, as well as the remaining balance. Lenders, employers, or any official looking for information and identification about a person commonly looks at that person’s credit history. A credit history can be either good, or bad, and this commonly affects the ease or difficulty with which one can obtain a loan, mortgage, employment, etc.

* “Minimum Payment” is what the consumer has to send to the credit card company, if the consumer’s card record shows a balance. This is usually a very minimal amount, usually amounting to twenty dollars or less.

* A “Rebate / Reward Card” is a type of card that features perks and privileges that the card holder may avail after reaching the minimum of a required purchase amount.

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  • Jazzie30

    Credit cards are both a blessing and a curse. They are easy to use and convenient. Unfortunately, they are easy to use and convenient. What people don’t realize about credit cards is how much a credit card actually costs. They only see their balance and payment information without regard to any other charges or traps. At best, credit cards will cost nothing, especially if paid in full. At worst, credit cards can cost you your entire financial identity and good standing.

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