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 bad would maxing out my credit card once a year affect my score

I just got approved for a $1500 cash secured credit card from Wells Fargo. This means I have no credit history whatsoever, and am going to use this card to establish one. With fall semester at ...
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How do credit card companies make profit?

How do credit card companies make profit by giving us credit for 40-50 days (India). I purchase something on my credit card and I pay it to the credit card company after some days. How are they going ...
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Do I even need credit cards?

I'm 24, and so far I've been able to live without credit cards of any kind. My wife calls this "If we can't pay for it right now, we don't need it." Obviously this does not apply to our car and our ...
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What is the optimal ratio of used credit to credit limit for your credit score?

I have been told to never go over 50% of my credit limit on any credit card even if I pay always off in full for each statement, in order not to hurt my credit score. Is this true? What is the ratio ...
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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? Lots of situations when I find myself in need of ...
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Should I really pay off my entire credit card balance each month or should I maintain some balance?

I've heard two conflicting things: One is that you should pay your entire credit every month, and the other that you should maintain roughly %30, %50 (it varies by who you ask) of your available ...
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Can a merchant charge you more in the US if you want to use a credit card?

I'm pretty sure the answer is no for Visa/MC and basically no for Amex, and it's actually illegal in some states, but what if they just rephrase it as "We're giving you a discount if you choose to pay ...
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I've often heard of the “snowball” method for paying off credit card debt. How does it work?

How does the "snowball" method of paying off credit card debt work? In what ways is it superior over other ways of reducing one's debt?
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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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Is it OK to use a credit card on zero-interest to pay some other credit cards with higher-interest?

I was reading up on What is the difference between "good debt" vs. "bad debt"? and it says borrowing money from a credit card is a bad-debt. So, I was wondering if the credit card ...
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Should I keep a credit card open to maintain my credit score?

I have a credit card that was opened when I first got ot of college, and was my first credit card. Since then, I have switched to cards with rewards, figuring that since I pay it in full each month, ...
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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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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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What to do with expired cards (credit, debit, insurance cards, …)

I wonder if it is safe to throw away expired cards (credit cards, debit cards, health insurance cards) with name and card/account/ID number as trash. Even if other people have them, will they be able ...
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How many credit cards do I need? Should I open another just for the cash back feature?

I just got a mailer from Discover offering a new card, with 5% back on some items and 1% back on everything else. However, I already have a Visa which I have had for a few years. Does it make any ...
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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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Are travel point / reward credit cards worth the hassle and cost?

Are travel point / reward credit cards worth the hassle and cost? Many such cards have fees, and when you try to book there are often restrictions. What has your experience been with these types of ...
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How do credit card companies track your purchase categories?

I've seen a few responses scattered on the internet that attempt to answer this but they seem to disagree on the matter. When dealing with cash-back credit cards, they offer different percentages for ...
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How does a non-uniform utilization across your credit cards affect you?

I have three secured cards with me, one of which gives me rewards for gas and another for online purchases. The third one is a Mastercard - I use that only where my VISA cards do not get accepted. ...
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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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What to do when institutions stopped lending you money?

I know the question seems confusing, but this is a real life event. My friend lived beyond his means for a few years, combined with half year of unemployment his Credit Card Debt went to the roof. ...
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What kind of an impact does moving have on your credit (score)?

Being an international student, the room I rent near campus has been my domestic home address since I came here to study. Now that I am working at a place quite far from campus, I would like to ...
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Credit card grace period for pay, wait 1 day, charge?

Does a credit card grace period apply in this situation: March 1: I charge $1000 to my card. March 8: My billing cycle ends (ie, this my card's closing date). My due date is March 28th. March 9: ...
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Maximising total credit limit on credit cards

I am curious about the tactics that someone would use if they wanted to obtain the maximum possible total credit limit. I don't actually intent to do this, but I'm just curious about how much money ...
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How can Americans get a chip-and-pin credit card for use while abroad?

Background: US banks, without exception, issue credit cards with magnetic stripes. In Europe, though, almost all credit cards also have a chip and require a PIN. Most merchants in Europe don't mind ...
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Pay online: credit card or debit card?

I have a credit card and a debit card. I could use both to pay online. Credit card is only a bit less convenient since I have to transfer the money back in the credit card account later. Is it safer ...
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Snowball debt or pay off a large amount?

I recently received a large amount of money, well large in my eyes, around 5000 dollars. I have the following cards: $10619 citi card ($234.35/month) $2500 Best Buy Card - deferred interest ...
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Is 0% credit card utilization worse than 1-20% credit card utilization for any reason other than pure statistics?

Much of the information I stumbled accross (including a short article written by an esteemed member of this site) around the internet indicates that having a credit card utilization of 0% is a ...
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Relocated to USA. How to get credit card without existing credit history / score?

I recently relocated to USA and have no Credit Score. Is Secure Credit Card is the only option for me to start building my credit score? Also please recommend which other credit cards are available ...
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How are Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass protected against unauthorized use?

Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass have similar description - the card is equipped with antenna that it uses to talk to the terminal. For small purchases (something like less that $50) the ...
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What are cheap ways to accept small amounts of money (micropayments) on my web site?

I need to receive money from users from my webpage. They will only pay very small amounts, i.e. $1 max, but the total will probably go up to $10,000.00. What is the best way to receive this money ...
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Is a high credit limit on a credit card bad?

I've had a credit card for a long time, and every so often they've sent letters telling me they're increasing my available credit. Does it negatively affect my credit score to have a high limit, one ...
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Credit Card Newbie - If I pay off my balance every month, what am I actually paying?

So I have never owned a credit card in my life, and am trying to get ideas as to how they work. Sorry if this is too simple a question... Lets say I have a credit card, and in one month I charge ...
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Credit card interest calculator with grace period & different interest rate calculation methods?

Is there an (ideally online) credit card interest calculator that includes grace periods and lets you choose the interest calculation method (eg, "adjusted balance", "average daily balance", ...
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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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What's the average credit limit?

For a number of reasons, I recently asked my credit card company for a credit limit increase. I was hoping they'd propose a new limit to me, but they instead the reverse happened: they asked how much ...
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PayPal wants me to “add a bank account”, another funding source. Credit card isn't working. Why?

This is the second time in the last couple of weeks that I'm seeing the following error from PayPal. (Note: I've deliberately hidden the name of the merchant at the top.) "You cannot use this ...
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Why do some online stores not ask for the 3-digit code on the back of my credit card?

How is it that some e-commerce stores are able to process credit card transactions without getting the 3 (or 4-) -digit security code from the back of my credit card? What value does this code add if ...
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Will be debt Free in 3 years — What order should i pay off my cards?

I have budgeted to the point where i can close all credit cards i have in close to three years from now. My question is, should I simply pay 1/3 to each card (will be over minimum payment on all) OR ...
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How many credit cards is it reasonable to have?

Is there a right number of credit cards to hold? (Please don't say zero :) What would be the excessive number of credit cards, or how else would you judge enough is enough? If I have some cards I do ...
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Is the no surcharge rule universal with regard to credit card purchases?

I am referring to this question. My situation is similar, except that I am in Malaysia rather than US. In US it is understood that it's part of their merchant agreement that they can not ...
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What does it mean to run my debit card as credit?

I've been advised to (and have been) running my normal debit card transactions as "credit" transactions. What does this mean in terms of my security, the time a charge takes to settle, and the fees ...
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What strategies could be employed so as to avoid identity theft and credit card frauds?

Other than getting a credit card with a minimal limit and using it exclusively for online purchases, what other strategies could be employed so as to avoid identity theft and credit card frauds?
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Should I keep recently opened Credit Cards that I don't use?

After investigating these questions (1 and 2) I am still in doubt in what to do with my current situation. I have many credit cards because over the years I have been given better deals on them. So I ...
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Effect of going over the credit limit on a credit card to your credit score?

If I have a credit card balance that is over the credit limit, and I don't go under within 30-days, the provider will report the overage to the reporting agencies. If you have generally good credit ...
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Which reward / benefits credit card is the best value for the money in Canada?

Which card do you use and why? Some cards are similar but some not. This will also be affected by personal preference, so indicate why you chose a certain card vs. another e.g. if you like to travel ...
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Is interest of credit cards caculated based on the amount unpaid within the grace period?

From Wikipedia if a user had a $1,000 transaction and repaid it in full within this grace period, there would be no interest charged. If, however, even $1.00 of the total amount remained ...
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Is there a downside to asking for a credit increase?

I have a $500 limit, and probably below average credit history. Is there a downside to asking for a credit increase?
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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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Are the new “Smart” or “Chip” Credit Cards better from a security standpoint?

The new Chip credit cards are being introduced to provide better security to consumers, merchants and credit card vendors. Sample Card: Card Reader & PIN Entry: Are they really better ...