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It is not uncommon for people to hear a whole lot of new terms in the credit card world. It pays however to know what most of them are to avert any financial problems. One important factor that you should know about as a credit card user is balance transfers. Understanding the offer completely and researching on the available options is essential before deciding on which balance transfer option to opt for. You will find that you can make a lot of difference to the outstanding dues you have to pay on your credit card by choosing the right options in balance transfers.
Balance transfers are not complicated; they simply involve transferring the outstanding amount on your credit card to another one which has no interest rates. Why this is useful is quite simple. It is aimed at allowing people to pay off the debts they owe without incurring the interest charges that keep adding to the existing debts. It is important to understand that the credit limit on the new card should also be considered prior to doing this balance transfer process. The balance transfer amount also cannot be over the top. You cannot transfer more than 80 percent of the credit limit to the new card or it will tend to reflect poorly on your credit scores.
Make sure that you understand how a balance transfer works and also the time period over which the transfer is done. Most people assume that balance transfers have already happened and stopping paying their dues on the old card. Make sure you know the amount has been transferred before you decide to ignore your old card. Keeping the account linked to the old card open is also a good idea, particularly if you have had it for many years. When doing a transfer also clarify the interest rates on the new card. In addition make sure that the card offers you the lowered interest rates or no interest rates for a reasonable time frame. It should be enough for you to close the outstanding amount without incurring additional charges.
Many people get so carried away at the thought of a balance transfer that they neglect the important details like the charges that are applicable. There is always a balance transfer fee that may be levied. Sometimes there are cards which are offered free, wherein no balance transfer fee is there. Check if you can be eligible for a card like that. In addition also check that there are no hidden fees which may be required later on. Sometimes there are low interest rates and low fees offered as a promotional package for balance transfers. Once you sign on and make a purchase then the rates of interest applied to the new purchase are very different. It can be quite an expensive deal. Make sure you know exactly what you are opting for, right from the beginning. Understanding every detail will make it easier for you to do the balance transfer without any problems and allow you to close your debts.