The interest rate charged on a loan, credit card, or mortgage over a year's time
The fee charged annually by a credit card company to its cardholders. This amount is added to the cardholder's statement.
An individual's credit rating is typically considered bad or poor if their FICO score falls below 620. Issues that drop a FICO score to such a level include defaulting on (failing to pay back) loans and credit cards, making payments past their due date, and/or carrying a high level of debt.
The transfer of an existing account balance (in part or in whole) to a different account, usually an account held with another creditor.
Balance Transfer Fee
The fee charged by a credit card company when a balance is transferred to one of its cards.
A legal declaration of one's inability to pay his/her creditors. In most cases, voluntary bankruptcy is initiated by the individual in debt (the debtor); in rare cases, creditors may file a bankruptcy petition against a debtor to initiate an involuntary bankruptcy.
Secured credit cards are different from prepaid cards since cardholders are provided a credit line that will be reported to the Consumer Reporting Agencies. Even if you have a low credit score or a poor financial history, secured cards are one tool to show you can responsibly manage credit. Paying your minimum payment on time each month and keeping your balance low relative to your limit will provide your credit report with positive marks on a monthly basis. If your credit card applications have been turned down in the past due to bad credit, then a secured credit card is exactly the tool you need to regain control of your credit future.
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