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4 Things You Must Know Before You Apply for a Credit Card

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Before You Apply for a Credit Card

Understand that Credit Card Companies and Institutions are a Business

Credit cards are financial instruments that allow consumers the opportunity to utilize pre-approved funds in the form of financial loans. Akin to the process of traditional loans, funds spent with regard to individual credit limits are required to be repaid promptly in a predetermined and scheduled fashion. However, fees associated with late payments and varying interest rates incurred as a result of failed repayment account for profit rendered by credit card companies.

Many individuals who undertake the facilitation of credit card-based spending do not perceive the spending to be analogous with ‘tangible’ monies due to the fact that there does not exist a physical monetary exchange. As a result, the prospect for reckless and irresponsible spending is not uncommon. Before you apply for a Credit Card, you are encouraged to review the entirety of the terms and conditions expressed within a respective credit card contract.

Understand the Standard and Practices Implicit within the Financial Terms and Conditions

Within a credit card contract, there is a laundry-list of terms and conditions concerning the usage of the underlying credit card. Responsible navigation with regard to credit cards will allow for individuals to not only build their respective credit scores, but also be spared additional surcharges incurred as a result of failed repayment. Irresponsible and uninformed usage of credit cards retains the potential for financial devastation.

The following components are amongst the most primary to be analyzed when you apply for a credit card:

Credit Score

A credit score is a rating determined on an individual basis. Reported by credit agencies via a number, the credit score reflects a consumer's trustworthiness with regards to his/her ability to fulfill loan or credit obligations. A high credit score reflects a consumer's ability to meet credit card (and other loan payments) on time and in full (or close to in full). Higher credit scores enable borrowers to secure financing with favorable terms and higher limits. In turn, a consumer with a lower credit score will be rejected from receiving credit or will be given credit cards (and other loans) with unfavorable rates and limits.

Credit History

Your credit score is a profile illustrating past repayment history, outstanding loans, spending behavior with regard to a credit card, as well as the analysis of past credit limits. A credit limit is the finite amount of funds available for use with regard to an individual credit card.

Become Familiar with Interest and Annual Percentage Rates (APR)

Interest is an expressed and established percentage of the balance of a credit card. Interest is added to the unpaid balance and is required to be paid in full. APR, which is the rate at which additional fees of ownership are accrued in conjunction with a credit card’s outstanding balance, is determined on a monthly basis. If a consumer pays his/her credit card in full every month, they will not subjected to interest rates.

In the event that you wish to apply for a credit card, the analysis of applicable interest rates and APR is imperative in order to determine if the expected payments will be possible. This will assist in avoiding defaulted repayments and surcharges.

Research Applicable Credit Card Laws and Legislation

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act, impedes credit card companies or financial institutions from practicing predatory lending and exploitative measures. That being said, consumers are encouraged to contact financial and legal professionals to familiarize themselves concerning the risks and ramifications associated with credit cards.

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