Credit cards are unstructured debt accounts linked to a plastic card that allows the holder to make purchases from retailers that accept the card. Common credit card networks in the U.S. include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

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How to take advantage of a credit card balance transfer offer

My credit card company is giving this1 time only offer: Since my limit is 8000 and since I spent only 2000 this month, 95% of the balance =5700 $...they would like to deposit in my checking account. ...
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Do I build credit at the same rate when my wife and I share a card?

I searched for this question and found a similar one but wasn't able to find the answer to specifically what I'm asking. My wife and I share a credit card. I believe that she's actually the primary ...
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What are some creative ways to run up my credit card bill without any cost to me?

I got a new credit card with a very large signup bonus - as long as a minimum amount is spent on the card in the first 3 months. I usually don't go for things like this but in this case the bonus is ...
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Is it acceptable to balance transfer a credit card's balance to itself?

Is it acceptable to balance transfer credit card debt to the same card? Often, balance transfer promotions come as checks in the mail, and I learned that you may write that check to yourself and ...
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What do the numbers on my credit/debit card mean?

I have the following visa card from comdirect.de: I guess: Number A is my credit card number. The 4 groups don't have a meaning. Number B: I have no idea. Might be my security code? Number C is ...
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How bad is it to have a lot of credit available but not used?

I had a very financially astute reason for getting my first credit card: it was freshman orientation day at college, and one of the banks was giving away free t-shirts to new credit card customers. ...
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Figuring out an ideal balance to carry on credit cards [duplicate]

Until recently, I was under the impression that it's bad for your credit history to not pay all bills on time and in full. However, a banker recently told me that it's a good idea to carry a small ...
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Does being added as an authorized user help credit score?

My wife and I both filed bankruptcy 15 months ago, and are slowly getting our credit back. We both got a credit card from Capital One. Does adding each other to the other's card as an authorized ...
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Spending arrangements for a dependent student studying abroad

I live in the U.S., and my daughter will be starting college in England in the fall. She is financially dependent on us, has no credit history, and will not have a job while she's in college. We'll be ...
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In Australia, how to battle credit card debt?

I have $18K in credit card debt. What are my options in tackling this? Every month I am left with no extra money to pay anything more than minimum payment required (car, rent, another personal loan, ...
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Category of purchases on credit card - can it affect credit rating?

I found the following question about categories of purchases for credit cards: How do credit card companies track your purchase categories? I'm about to apply for a credit card, and frankly, it makes ...
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How can I have credit cards without having a credit history or credit score?

Is your credit history/score like a criminal record? I mean is it always with you? Also, are there other ways to get credit cards besides with a bank? I want inside my credit score without having a ...
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Defaulting on credit cards before leaving the country

I have a colleague who is going back to his country after staying for a couple of years in US. He has 3-4 credit cards plus a personal loan. His total debt would come to around $10,000. Some days ago, ...
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Why do credit cards come with insurance, and what is the benefit for the user?

I have savings and don't need to borrow money, but still need a credit card for those payments that can't be made otherwise: primarily car rental and some online purchases. I've noticed that many ...
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Switching to PC Savings account from PC Credit card

I currently have a Presidents Choice credit card on which I have kept a low credit limit. I use this credit card for day to day purchases. My primary reason for getting this card were the PC Points. ...
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How is credit-card utilization calculated when you have more than one card?

I know that your credit utilization affects your credit score, but I have a question about how exactly this is calculated. Suppose I have two credit cards: Card A has a credit limit of $1000 and ...
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Should I give to charity by check or credit card?

I intend to donate some money to a major charity. I could donate online with a credit card, or by mail with a check. I'd like to choose the method that is less expensive for the charity, so that ...
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Paying restaurants in cash instead of credit card - how signficant is this?

A friend of mine (this is in the United States) said that he always pays cash when he goes to a restaurant or a business that he particularly likes, so that the restaurant owner (he often does this in ...
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Misspelled cardholders name: any official policy of MasterCard?

My bank issued a MasterCard debit card with a misspelled cardholder name. They promise that credit card regulations allow up to 3(?) letters to be misspelled in the name, but can't show an official ...
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Why was my credit card just cancelled?

I have had a credit card with Bank of America for many years. I also have a long-standing card with another bank, a Sears card, and a newer card (< 2 years old), for a total of 4 credit card ...
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Interest on Amount Exceeding CC Balance?

Let's say my credit card payment is due the first of each month. As of Jan 1 2013, my credit card balance was $1000. So, as I understand, if I want to avoid paying interest on this debt, I'd need to ...
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Myth, or not: If using a secured card to build credit, paying off in part each month has more benefit than paying in full?

Does paying off a secured credit card in full each month not allow me to build a credit history? I'm asking because reading about regular credit cards indicates that paying in full helps build a good ...
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Why do the banks charge for using credit card in ATM?

When I look at the credit card offer in several banks, they always have some price on withdrawing money from ATM (at home, not abroad), e.g. "3.5%, at least 2EUR" or similar. Why aren't there credit ...
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Can merchants tell the difference between a credit card and embossed debit card?

I don't have a credit card, still some merchants (e.g. car rental companies) require a credit card to use their services. If I have an embossed debit card issued, may I be confident to use it when ...
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Timing between loans and applying for a new credit card

Here's the skinny. I can get answers out of a variety of the question threads here, but putting it all together is a bit of a different matter. Bought a house 18 months ago. Put 20% down, got a 3.5% ...
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Effect of debt utilization on FICO score: is it overall, or individual?

I am currently at 42% utilization in overall revolving, credit card debt between three cards. My total credit lines equal $27K. I am looking to buy a house by the end of the year and I am working hard ...
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purchasing items with a instant credit card(fixed deposit)

I am not well informed on credit cards and banking in general. so please bear with me. I want to purchase an item from an online merchant with monthly EMI scheme. The criteria from the merchant is ...
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Can I use a Credit Card in India to deposit and borrow cash

The purpose of the credit card for me is not to borrow money from the bank. I have some international vouchers to redeem. The vouchers work by transfering the credit to the credit card. In simple ...
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Does cash back apply to online payments with credit card

In this review of MBNA cash back master card they list several points by which you can get cash back every time you use the card. About this point: And, you’ll always earn 1% cash back on all of ...
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If I just moved, am I more likely to be rejected for a credit card application?

I just moved a couple months ago and wanted to apply for a new credit card, so I could use the points (hotel) on an upcoming trip. One of the questions was how long you've been at your current ...
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is this a chip & signature amex?

Well it looks like it has a chip in it so idk. I ask because I'll be doing some international traveling soon and would like a chip & signature amex.
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What can a customer do to reduce damage from a data breach?

A larger retailer admitted recently that hackers were able to steal credit and debit card data for about 40 million customers. Reports say that names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and ...
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How should I apply for another credit card after being denied twice already?

I'm trying to get my first credit card solely to build a score, I don't need any loan or anything right now. For doing this, I applied to Chase two months ago (because I've had a debit card from ...
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Should I sign the back of my credit card?

When getting a new credit card, what is the policy in regards to signing the strip on the back? Should I sign it? Should I write "See ID"? Should I leave it blank? Should I sign it AND write "See ID"? ...
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Can I prepay a Credit Card to make a Large Purchase greater than my credit limit?

I want to make a large purchase at a retail store to the sum of $10,000 but the credit limit on my card is set at $2000. If I send $10K to my credit card will the purchase be allowed to go through? ...
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When getting a business loan, does it look better to owe the IRS or the credit card companies?

I am looking to take out a $40,000 loan to buy out my mother's existing business, that is doing quite well. I explained to the loan officer, in a phone conversation, (I have not yet sent in my ...
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Explain this balance transfer offer

We have 3 credit cards which, up until this past summer, were always paid off in full. This past summer there was a perfect storm of events (car trouble + family emergency) and we are slowly paying ...
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Why credit cards are sold through banks and not from Visa or MasterCard directly [closed]

What is the reason that credit cards are (usually) sold only through banks? Or are they always sold only through banks? In any case, why cannot a company like Visa or MasterCard directly sell credit ...
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Are there cons to paying monthly bills with a rewards card and then paying it off monthly?

I have a rewards card I really like and we have about $5k in bills monthly. Almost all of them I could setup to pay out of this card. That would earn about $600+ in rewards annually, which would ...
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Are 'no interest if paid in in x months' credit cards worth it?

So my current laptop is dying the slow death, specifically the charging circuit in the motherboard is failing; the battery charges in another laptop of the same model. I've considered just running it ...
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Credit Card vs Personal line of Credit

I have a question regarding the effect of opening a Personal line of Credit. I know for a fact that opening a new Credit card reduced the "Average age of credit history". Will a personal line of ...
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Why hasn't public key encryption or one time password been introduced to battle online card fraud?

With all the identity theft and card fraud in the world. Even though some One time password measures have been put in place in the banking system where the cardholder verifies the transaction with a ...
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Mailed in One-time Payment by Check

I make payments to my monthly credit card account via pay by phone. Two months ago my boyfriend made a one time payment on my credit card account (payment was mailed via check). I resumed by pay by ...
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Does a balance transfer from a credit card affect our credit score?

If we do balance transfers from our credit card, pay more than the minimum payment within the due date and payoff the entire amount slowly within the specified time-frame, does it improve our credit ...
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Can I estimate other people's credit limit at the grocery store?

I regularly shop at Ralph's grocery store and pay with CC. I noticed that they don't ask you to sign a receipt if your purchase is less than some amount. Now after some time I noticed that this ...
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Automatically splitting payments between people

My girlfriend and I have decided that we want to split expenses 50/50 (or whatever ratio). Currently, we alternate payment, but that means that we have to remember who paid last time, how much, etc. ...
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How is “Balance Subject To Interest Rate” calculated?

I was approved for a balance transfer of $2,500 to a card, and that month my statement looked like this: INTEREST CHARGES (APR 2013) ...
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Opening American credit cards while residing in the UK

In order to introduce the context of the question, I am a UK citizen with a good credit rating and no debts who currently resides in the UK, and do not currently own property in the US. In reference ...
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Why I can't view my debit card pre-authorized amounts?

I have a Mastercard debit card. When I pay an amount of money, I can see (with more or less delay) how much I've paid, when, in favor of who, etc. Now the question is: why I can't see the ...
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What's the benefit of a credit card with an annual fee, vs. a no-fee card?

My credit cards don't have an annual fee. I get mailers from American Express all the time and I see that card has an annual fee. I know a few friends and see a lot of people subscribed to such cards ...