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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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 ...
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How do the personal finances of additional cardholders affect your reputation?

I have excellent credit myself, but I have on my account an additional cardholder (family) whose credit isn't so spectacular. (They only use the card for emergencies and always deposit cash in my ...
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Can I dispute Visa charges beyond 60 days?

I recently noticed some charges on my Visa check card that were made in another state and were not authorized by me. I filled out and sent in my bank's Visa dispute form, but they told me that it ...
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How credit card companies tolerate if you preload your card and use it like a prepaid card? (EU, world)

Can you still get the benefits that a credit card usually gives you (miles, points, etc., the ability of hiring a car, booking a hotel - do you require a CC to book a hotel or only to hire a car?) but ...
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What amount of money do car hire companies lock on your credit card account when hiring a car?

Couldn't find any definitive info. For different categories of vehicles and in various parts of the world? Edit: I'm looking for the answer in exact US dollars. Or euros. Or pounds. Or whatever ...
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Nonresident Travel Money (Card or Bank Account) Solution with Emergency Cash Feature in Euros?

I'm from the new EU so my country's banks are not that advanced that they can offer me this feature. So this will be a nonresident account for travel money. The solution I am looking for is like ...
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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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How To Transfer Money Online So The Other Person In Another Country Receives It In Cash?

We all are familiar with famous international money transfer service - Western Union. Most use their locally available branches in their country to send money so the other person receives money in ...
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Find the exact time of a credit card purchase with Chase

I need to find the exact time when a credit card purchase was made. This is not the "Transaction date" or the "Post date", I need the authorization time. I know this data is available because I have ...
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Want to buy expensive product online. Credit line on credit cards not big enough. How do “Preferred Account” programs work?

What are the different ways I can do it? Take cash from bank to store, pay state sales tax Debit card from bank that says Visa on it Find another way to finance it Because none of my credit cards ...
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Can I negotiate to have a credit card interest fee waived?

I recently missed a credit card payment by one day (my first one ever in my history of credit starting from over 10 years ago), and I called the credit card company to have the late fee waived. I ...
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Can I get an Amazon Rewards Visa just for the gift card and then close the account?

I have never owned a credit card and am largely undecided about them in general. They have their pros and cons which could be easily found with a simple Google search; my question is more about the ...
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I am closing one credit card and getting a new one. What order should I do this in?

I currently have a MasterCard from a bank that I am unhappy with. I want to get another MasterCard from a different issuer. Should I close my current account then open the new account? The other way ...
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Does maintaining a low (versus zero) balance on a credit card improve your credit score? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How will going from 75% Credit Utilization to 0% Credit Utilization affect my credit score? I've read in a few places some statistics to indicate that people with zero ...
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What is the advantage to me in not paying off my debts?

I have some credit card debt that is currently on cards where there is 0% interest for periods of between 14-22 months. There was a transfer fee of around 2.9-3.5% for the balance from old cards. I ...
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Is there any drawback to paying credit card bills immediately rather than waiting until payment is due?

I guess it's more of a psychological thing for me, but once I get my credit card statement I'd rather pay it immediately than wait around for the final due date. Is there any drawback to doing so. I ...
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U.S. VISA gift cards and usage in Europe; technical and/or legislative insight?

Can you use any U.S. gift card anywhere in the world to pay at a counter with a VISA logo? I read on some web sites that U.S. gift cards don't work in Europe, but no reason was given, others were ...
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How can I find the cheapest prepaid credit card?

What is the cheapest prepaid credit card available for sale? The card needs to be a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. And it needs to have a minimum nominal balance of 1 USD. I just need the number and ...
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Should I close unused credit cards before applying for another?

My wife and I currently have a few credit cards that we don't use, but there's another that we'd like to get, but I'm not sure if I should close those first and wait a month or so before applying for ...
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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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Is it good to get 2 credit cards for different bonus?

I currently have a pretty plain credit card, the First Tech Platinum, but I was thinking that I don't really get much out of it, so I started to looked into other cards with better rewards, and cancel ...
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How can I switch my credit card to another issued by the same bank, keep my credit history, and get the sign-up bonus for the new card?

I have one card, but would rather have another - they're issued by the same bank. I don't want both of them because they both have annual fees and I want to keep only one card with an annual fee. ...
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What's the difference when asked for “debit or credit” by a store when using credit and debit cards?

When purchasing something in a store with a credit card or a debit card, the cashier may ask "credit or debit"? I was wondering what the point is using a credit card in a "debit" way? How is it ...
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Getting cash by using credit cards

What are some ways to borrow cash from a credit card? Are cash back and cash advance different functionalities? Is cash back the one when sellers asks customers/cardholders on checkout for purchases? ...
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Will getting a second credit card help my credit rating?

I've heard that getting a second credit card can help your credit rating. I am wondering if this is indeed true. If so, why is the case? Much thanks in advance!
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Help understanding credit card interest

I have a credit card with an outstanding balance and I am trying to work out when I will complete paying it off. It is a UK credit card (where I am based) and I do not spend on it. I pay 150 per ...
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Canceling a credit card with recurring/automatic payments

I am canceling a credit card because I am extremely unhappy with the bank. I have several recurring pledges and donations linked to this card. Do I need to contact each organization individually and ...
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How frequently should I request additional credit?

Assuming I simply want additional credit to improve my credit utilization ratio, how frequently (how long between requests) should I request the credit increases? What negative consequences should I ...
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To what extent should I seek additional credit? How much is enough?

I currently have 2 credit cards, each with a $2500 limit. I rarely exceed 20% utilization over the course of the month, and I don't expect any increase in expenses over the course of the next year ...