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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Am I still building a credit score if I use my credit card like a debit card?

I have a credit card through my local credit union. I am not sure if this is normal: Essentially, I am using my credit card like a debit card. If I anticipate any major purchases I will put money on ...
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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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Do any banks issue one-per-vendor credit card aliases / unique numbers?

It seems that compromised credit card numbers have become a cost of banking--often through no fault of the bank or the consumer. But getting a new credit card number is a real pain in the neck--you ...
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A non-US citizen getting a US credit card

I'm a non-US citizen who would like to get a credit card from the US for iTunes Store US purchases. Up until now I've been purchasing iTunes Gift Cards from Apple Store US but now it seems that they ...
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U.S. credit/debit card for non-U.S. citizens to use on e-commerce sites to buy digital goods, e.g. ebooks?

I am neither a U.S. citizen nor resident there — I live in southeast Asia. I want to be able to buy Kindle ebooks on Amazon.com, and to shop on other U.S.-based e-commerce websites for digital ...
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Should I cancel an existing credit card so I can open another that has rewards?

I have four credit cards. One has a cash back rewards, one a discount, and the other two do nothing for me. However, one of those two is my oldest card, so I cannot close that account. I would like ...
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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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What are “credit” transactions I see in my credit card bill?

I see some transactions on my credit card bill labeled as "credited". They are different from other regular transactions (sometimes labeled as "debit") in a way that makes their nature seem opposite ...
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Is it safer to send credit card number via unsecured website form or by e-mail? What safer options are there?

I want to buy something from a VERY REPUTABLE Asian seller. They've got a lot of good references all over the internet. The only thing is, they are quite old-fashioned and so is their website. They ...
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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 high credit utilization, coupled with paying off my balance in full each month, increase my chances of an automatic credit limit increase?

The conventional wisdom I've heard is that spending close to your limit and paying the balance off in full each month will often lead to the credit card company increasing your credit limit ...
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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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Is there any reason to not request a CC limit increase?

I have had the same card for quite some years now, approaching 10. I have requested a few limit increases for the sake of convenience because buying a computer or international airfare tends to be the ...
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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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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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Paying Off Debt: When CC Companies Won't Reduce APR

For the past two years I've been living, for the first time, under the weighty, grey cloud of credit card debt. Foolish use of personal credit cards to fund asset purchases for an LLC have resulted in ...
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Is there a U.K. prepaid card having SWIFT, BIC, or IBAN codes, for money transfer?

I'm located in the U.K. Does anyone know if pre-paid cards here, such as Visa prepaid cards, have a SWIFT or BIC or IBAN code, because they are not really a current account? For example, for the ...
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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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How quickly does decreasing credit utilization affect your credit score?

There is a lot of advice out there about keeping your credit card utilization above 0% but less than 20%. I'm currently carrying about 85% utilization on my card and have plans to lower it. How long ...
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Can I get my payment back on a vacation booked with a company that went into receivership?

My friend booked a summer vacation with a resort/inn located in Ontario that has just gone into receivership. She paid in FULL with a credit card about a month ago. Is there any way to get her ...
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Should rebuilding credit include getting multiple credit cards?

In short, I had bad items on my credit report that I found by getting a free copy of the trans-union report on myself. I contacted the numbers to the items on my unpaid/ bad list and after about a ...
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Is a credit card chargeback appropriate in this case?

Consider the following scenario: I purchase a power tool for several hundred dollars from a dealer, using my credit card.. The item has a 3-year warranty, which gives me some peace of mind. The ...
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Why am I never approved for credit cards instantly online?

Whenever I apply for a credit card online, I always get a message along the lines of "we could not instantly approve your application". I end up getting approved eventually so this is just an ...
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How to dispute a balance transfer that never posted with other creditor?

Three months ago, I did a credit union credit card balance transfer at 0% to pay down three student PLUS loans. In the payments, the account number and sequence number for the three loans were given. ...
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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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Do I have to spend money with my credit card to increase my credit score? [duplicate]

I opened my first credit card a few weeks ago. How much money do I need to spend with my credit card to increase my credit score? Do I even need to spend money with it to increase my credit score?
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do/can credit card companies track individual items purchased and their details?

They track categories How do credit card companies track your purchase categories?, and these are well established, but do they also track the item by UPC or some other convention, the quantity, the ...
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Will getting a new credit card and closing another affect my credit?

I have a Capital One credit card that I got in college with a limit of $1,300 and a $39 annual fee. They've never raised the limit for me over the years even though my credit score is north of 700. ...
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Financing Education through Credit Card or Student Loans

I'm currently back in school, full-time, for an MBA (20 month program). I don't need to worry about tuition, but I still need to pay for living expenses out of pocket. Should I rely on student ...
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As a Canadian, how can I apply for and get a U.S. credit card?

I am a Canadian permanent resident (neither Canadian nor U.S. citizen). I already have a checking account at Harris along with a debit MasterCard. However, there are really nice point-accruing cards ...
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What is the effective interest rate on a credit card that offers 0% interest with a 4% balance transfer fee?

I'm about to do a balance transfer that has a fee of 4%. It gives me 0% interest for 14 months. Is it just a straight calculation of 4% for the year or is there another calculation that I need to ...
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How can Mastercard's interest rate be more in Norway than in Finland?

I select Mastercard because it is easy to compare credits cards between the following countries. I am looking the prices of Mastercard in Finland, Estonia and Norway. All banks have the same amount ...
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What is the average value of a credit card or debit card transaction?

There are a plethora of statistics regarding credit card usage but what I can't seem to find is the the value of the average credit card (or debit card) transaction. Are such statistics provided by ...
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Do Square credit card readers allow for personal use?

Prompted by this question, I began looking for evidence that the Square credit card reader could be used for personal transactions (transactions outside of a business context). Users of Square must ...
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Are Square credit card readers practical for individual use?

Has anybody tried using a Square credit card reader for individual (non business) use? The scenarios I'm thinking about are for selling stuff at garage sales or on Craig's List but I imagine there are ...
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Repurchasing products at a store with a different credit card than the one the order was originally paid with

I bought some products from Best Buy, Walmart and Frys from their online website that were on sale for a limited time and shipped them to store last week. The credit card that I used to pay the order ...
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Does making all one's payments through a credit card make sense?

Does making all one's payments (including house rent, etc.) through a credit card make sense, if privacy is not a concern? If I am planning to pay completely within no interest period (first ~45 ...
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Advise for closing secure credit card

I have a secure credit card with $300 limit in Wells Fargo bank. I was thinking that they will graduate my secure credit card to a regular one after a year. However, it turns out they do that only for ...
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Overpaying credit card to simulate a credit line increase?

I keep my credit card lines small for various reasons (reduce possibilty of impulse purchases, minimize my credit footprint etc) but there are times when certain necessary purchases exceed the amount ...
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Merchant dispute with airline over missed flight, and which credit cards offer protection?

Weather issues recently caused a flight issue (8 - 12 inches of snow were expected, even though no one knew when it would happen), where the reps at the major flight company didn't know if the flight ...
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Why don't some places require a credit card receipt signature, and some do?

I'm thinking of certain places (Subway, McDonalds, etc.) that do not require a signature on a receipt after swiping your card. Why do these places not require a signature on the receipt, while others ...
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What happens if I receive a refund on a credit card with $0 balance?

Let's say I make a purchase on a credit card. Months pass, and the card is eventually paid off. For whatever reason, I am then issued a refund on one of my past purchases. What happens? Do they send ...
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Closing intermediary credit lines

So one consequence of closing a credit line is that it can adversely affect your credit history if it is your oldest credit line. But what about closing credit cards you acquired along the way that ...
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If a company in China says it accepts Visa, does it accept all Visas?

I am doing some finance research for payment methods in China, there is some confusion as to whether only certain types of Visa Credit Cards are accepted at businesses versus all Visas... Is this the ...
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Credit Cards Similar to Co-ops

I keep getting advertisements from BarclayCards Ring and finally clicked on it because it seemed like a different type of credit. It appears to be a credit card that the rewards are based on the ...
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How do I reconcile a pre-payment on a credit card in Quickbooks?

I have two payments to credit card for the same period. One is tied to last month's reconciliation but the other one is just a prepayment because I wanted to charge the account over my limit, so I ...
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HMV gift vouchers bought on a credit card. Can I claim them back from my cc company?

I gave someone some HMV vouchers for Christmas and now HMV isn't accepting vouchers. Could I claim the value of these back from my credit card company under the terms of the consumer credit act?
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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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Pay off credit cards in one lump sum, or spread over a few months?

I am doing a refi + cash out on a rental home. The cash out is to pay off ~24K in credit cards. I am aware of secured debt/unsecured debt and how it is often not a good idea to refinance a home to pay ...
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What information is sent to merchant with online/POS credit card and “no name” gift card purchases?

With credit card and online: your full name, full billing address and maybe some numbers from the card? Is there a difference in this regard between a "normal" merchant account or Paypal's credit card ...