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157 views

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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1answer
75 views

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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174 views

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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408 views

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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2answers
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Is the age of my parents' credit card helping my credit more than the balance is hurting it?

I am listed on one of my parents' credit cards with an account age of 37 years. I am 28. This makes my credit history very very old — 37 years old — and significantly older than my oldest credit card. ...
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What happens to my credit history if I pay before my credit card bill is generated?

I've read that keeping one's credit card utilization below 20% improves your credit score. If for some reason I have an expense that is greater than 50% of the credit limit and I pay by credit card, ...
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2answers
424 views

What is a reasonable credit limit?

Given my existing credit score and annual income, how do I calculate what a reasonable credit limit for me should be? I'm really looking for an order-of-magnitude estimate. e.g. should it be 40% of ...
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2answers
404 views

No Late Fee Credit Cards - What is the gotcha?

For weeks now I've been seeing ads for the Citi Simplicity card and Discover IT Card all over (be it on the NYC subways, TV, magazines, etc.) which boast a couple of features but I'm very curious ...
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Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way?

Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way? Does it appear in records at all, and would it be frowned upon if it did? What if the cash advance were taken at a casino? ...
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133 views

Building Credit with Credit Card

I recently got my first credit card (although I have had a debit card for a long time). It has a $1200 limit. In order to maximize my credit building, which of the following is the best method (or, ...
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2answers
181 views

Getting my first Credit Card

What should I look for when getting a credit card? My background: Small IT Business(just me) College Kid Currently just have a Debit Card with a Credit Union. (should I go with a bank?) What I ...
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1answer
71 views

How to pay comingled personal and business credit card charges for small corporation

If I used my personal credit card for a business expense, may I pay that portion of the credit card bill with a business account check?
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1k views

How long after new employment before applying for a new credit card?

I am a recent grad and new employee. I currently only have a $500 student Visa credit card with my current bank branch (2 years). I began my employment at the end of January (just over 2 months ago) ...
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2answers
375 views

How is your credit score related to credit utilization?

A few questions: Is it better to use your card and pay off the bill completely every month? [I prefer building the credit score over paying interest] How is credit utiltization calculated? Is it ...
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95 views

Credit Card Approval

Is there a formula banks and other creditors use for new credit card approval? Other than credit score of course. For example for a business credit card I imagine it would be something considering ...
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3answers
2k views

How can banks afford to offer credit card rewards?

I understand Visa and MasterCard make money on transaction fees, but how much (if any) of those fees do banks see? Do banks make money on people who pay their bills on time, or are reward programs ...
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3answers
2k views

Is it a good idea to ask for a credit limit increase on a new credit card?

I just opened a credit card like a month ago. I have another credit card that I've been using for about a year now. But I was wondering if it is a bad idea that I raise credit on the new credit card ...
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8answers
1k views

Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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3answers
954 views

What does high credit utilization really mean?

I've heard and read that high utilization of credit hurts, but what does that mean exactly? Does that mean high utilization month-to-month, or simply high utilization at all, even when paid off in ...
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1answer
89 views

Changing credit address to apartment address [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of an impact does moving have on your credit (score)? I recently moved out of my parents house into an apartment in the city, and I've noticed it's way easier ...
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6answers
1k views

Is it better to buy a computer on my credit card, or on credit from the computer store?

I am interested on buying a computer (approximate cost USD 600). I can pay for it either with my credit card, or apply for credit in the computer store. What are the advantages of using one form ...
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1answer
236 views

My credit score went through the roof. Why?

3 months ago, my credit score took a massive dip. The consensus was that this happened because I no longer had any credit cards and thus no revolving debt. So I went out and got myself a new ...
0
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1answer
149 views

The meaning of “annual salary”

Let's say you're having a three-month job every year, and during those three months, your annual salary is $12*. (i.e. It's not an hourly job, but a full-time job -- you earn $3 during those three ...
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2answers
116 views

Ask for credit decrease

My wife and I are having problems budgeting with our credit cards. We are trying to use our debit card, but while we can focus for a short period we have problems getting the discipline to keep the ...
0
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1answer
33 views

F-1 alien on OPT in the US transitioning into H1-B; do I have a road to credit?

I came to the United States on an F-1 Student Visa, and despite trying here and there, I haven't been approved for any credit in America. I have a fairly sizeable amount of credit under my name (and ...
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4answers
220 views

I want to buy a house in a few years, what should I do now to improve my bad credit?

I have bad credit, score is in the mid 500s, and I have been paying off old debt accounts. There are still a few left to pay, but what I want to know is what will raise my credit score, how much can ...
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6answers
2k views

Is it better to spread debt out on multiple credit cards or consolidate it to just a few?

Is it better to spread out my credit card debt so that each of my cards is at around 30% of my limit or is it better to consolidate it all to just one or two cards even if these end up being at close ...
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4answers
344 views

Can I cancel a credit card without negatively affecting my credit?

Some background: I have no debt, have never carried a balance on the card, and have never used more than 10-15% of the credit limit per month. I'd much prefer to pay with debit/cash, but I got the ...
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4answers
200 views

What effect will credit card churning for frequent flyer miles have on my credit score?

We've all heard about the people who have tons of credit cards - getting new ones for the sign-up bonus (25 to 50 thousand miles, typically), either never using them or charging minimal amounts and ...
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11answers
2k views

Should I pay off the credit cards now or do the monthly payments thing?

I have 3 credit cards with a total balance of about $36k. Two of the cards are at 2% and the last one is at 0%. With the current payment structure, I'll be debt free in 25 months. I recently came ...
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2answers
236 views

Calculating the most optimal way to pay off credit cards

I have 3 credit cards which I am slowly paying them off. Card# Balance Monthly Interest Months to pay of Minimum Payment at current rate Payment 1 ...
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2answers
204 views

Personal financial implications of joining or not joining a class action lawsuit

I received a very random piece of mail inviting me to join the "Settlement Class" for a class action suit again the now defunct (and part of BOA) MBNA bank due to bad practices involving raising ...
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4answers
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Why activate credit cards? What is the purpose of credit card activation?

A number of credit card companies - almost all of them - ask to "activate" credit cards when sent to me. Usually it involves calling the phone on the sticker and typing in whole or partial card ...
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7answers
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Should I pay off my credit card online immediately or wait for the bill?

I'm a college student and I just got my first credit card (through Chase). The only reason I got the card is to try and build my credit score. I also have a checking account with Chase, and they let ...
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3answers
190 views

Are there advantages to getting a “secured” credit card, if you have poor credit?

I've heard about "secured" credit cards - where you basically pre-pay the amount of your "credit card" limit - surely your use of this type of card is evident on your credit report, and the advantage ...
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How old must you be to apply for a bank credit card, store credit, or cash advance loan?

I am the parent to one child and one young teen, and I don't want either of them to be able to apply for credit (and potentially soil their credit ratings) before they are mature enough to take on ...