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  • 1. Chapter Six Credit Use and Credit Cards
  • 2. Learning Objectives
    • Explain reasons for and against using credit.
    • Describe how people can obtain and build a good credit reputation.
    • Compare and contrast types of consumer credit and credit card accounts.
    • Recognize the impact of common (but not always beneficial) aspects of credit card accounts.
    • Manage your credit card and charge accounts to avoid fees and finance charges.
  • 3. What is Credit?
    • Credit – Any situation in which goods, services, or money are received in exchange for a promise to pay a definite sum of money at a future date.
    • Types of credit ???
  • 4. Why People Use Credit
    • For Convenience
    • For Emergencies
    • For Identification
    • To Make Reservations
    • To Consume Expensive Products Sooner
    • To Enjoy the Good Life
    • To Take Advantage of Free Credit
    • To Consolidate Debts
    • For Protection Against Rip-Offs and Frauds
    • To Obtain an Education
  • 5. The Downside of Credit Usage
    • Interest is costly
    • It is tempting to overspend
    • Can lead to financial distress
    • Use of credit reduces financial flexibility
    Over 1.5 million bankruptcies filed per year recently!
  • 6. Interest is Costly!
    • Interest – the price of credit.
    • Finance Charge – the total dollar amount paid to use credit.
    • Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – the cost of credit on a yearly basis as a percentage rate.
    • Variable Interest Rates – go up and down (perhaps monthly) to reflect interest rate changes in the economy.
  • 7. The Credit Approval Process: Applying for Credit
    • Credit Application – Form or interview that requests information about ability to repay debts.
    • Credit Investigation – Conducted by the lender and used to assign a credit rating to the applicant.
    • Credit Rating – The lender’s evaluation of the applicant’s creditworthiness.
    • Credit Report – A person’s credit history as reported by a credit bureau.
    • Credit Bureau – Company that gathers credit behavior information about consumers from lenders and sells reports on a credit applicant.
  • 8. The Credit Approval Process: The Credit Investigation (continued)
    • Credit Scoring (or Risk Scoring) – Statistical measure used to rate applicants on the basis of factors deemed relevant to creditworthiness and likelihood of repayment.
      • 300s (worst) to 800s (best)
    • Key Factors :
      • Payment history
      • Amounts owed
      • Length of credit history
      • Taking on new debt
      • Types of credit used
  • 9. The Credit Approval Process: The Application Decision
    • The lender decides whether to accept the application and under what terms
    • Credit Agreement (or Note) – Outlines the rules governing the account.
    • Tiered Pricing – Lenders may offer lower interest rates to applicants with the highest credit scores while charging steeper rates to more-risky applicants
  • 10. Building a Credit History
    • Establish both a checking account and a savings account.
    • Have your telephone and other utilities billed in your name.
    • Request, acquire, and use an oil-company credit card.
    • Apply for a bank credit card.
    • Ask a bank for a small short-term cash loan.
    • Pay off student loans.
  • 11. Managing Your Credit Bureau File
    • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – Requires that reports contain accurate, relevant, and recent information, and that only bona fide users be permitted to review a file for approved purposes.
    Question: Who is an approved user?
  • 12. Managing Your Credit Bureau File (Continued)
    • If you find an error or omission, you should immediately take steps to correct the information:
      • Notify the credit bureau that you wish to exercise your right to a reinvestigation under FCRA.
      • The bureau must reinvestigate the information within 30 days.
      • If the information was erroneous, it must be corrected.
      • If the credit bureau refuses to make a correction, you may wish to provide a consumer statement.
      • Negative information in you file is generally not reportable after a period of seven years.
  • 13. Types of Consumer Credit
    • Consumer Credit – Non-business debt used by consumers for expenditures other than home mortgages.
    • Installment Credit – Borrower must repay the amount owed in a specific number of equal payments, usually monthly.
    • Noninstallment Credit – Includes single-payment loans and open-ended credit.
  • 14. Types of Consumer Credit and (continued)
    • Open-Ended Credit (or Revolving Credit) – Credit is extended in advance of any transaction, so that the borrower does not need to reapply each time credit is desired.
    • Credit Limit – The pre-approved maximum outstanding debt allowed on the credit account by the lender.
  • 15. Credit Card Accounts
    • Minimum Payment – must be made each month to cover interest and a small payment on the amount owed, if the borrower revolves a balance.
    • Principal – the amount owed.
    • Default – the borrower has failed to make a payment of principal or interest when due or has not met another key requirement of a credit agreement.
  • 16. Bank Credit Cards
    • Bank Credit Card Account – an open-ended account at a financial institution that allows the holder to make purchases almost anywhere.
    • Cash Advance – a cash loan from a bank credit card account.
    • Convenience Checks – customers can use these checks as cash advances to make payments to others.
  • 17. Bank Credit Cards (Continued)
    • Balance Transfer – a payment is used to make a payment on another credit card.
    • Prestige Card – offer enhancements and require that the user possess higher credit qualifications.
    • Affinity Cards – standard bank cards with the logo of a sponsoring organization imprinted on the face of the card.
  • 18. Secured Credit Cards
    • Secured Credit Card (or Collateralized Credit Card) – Backed by collateral in the form of a savings account opened at the financial institution that issues the card.
    Example: Deposit $1,000 with creditor to borrow $1,000
  • 19. Retail Credit Card Accounts
    • Retail Credit Card – Allows a customer to make purchases on credit at any of the outlets of a particular retailer.
    • Often charge high interest rates (20%+)
    • Examples: stores, gasoline companies
  • 20. Travel and Entertainment Cards
    • Travel and Entertainment (T&E) Cards – Allow holders to make purchases at numerous businesses, but the entire balance charged must be repaid within 30 days.
    • American Express
    • Diner’s Club
    • Carte Blanche
  • 21. Other Forms of Open-Ended Credit
    • Personal Line of Credit – Lending arrangement that allows the borrower access to a prearranged revolving line of credit provided by the lender.
    • Home-Equity Line of Credit – Uses the equity in the borrower’s home as collateral.
    • Service Credit – Granted to consumers by utilities, physicians, dentists, and other service providers that do not require full payment when services are rendered.
  • 22. Figure 6.1: Credit Card Disclosure Information
  • 23. Teaser Rates and Default Rates
    • Teaser Rate- A temporarily low (e.g., 6 month) APR designed to entice borrowers
    • Default Rate – A much higher APR that is assessed whenever a borrower fails to uphold certain rules of the account.
    • Universal Default – Occurs when a borrower is in default on one or more other debts and is, thus, considered in default on a debt that is otherwise in good standing.
  • 24. Credit Card Fees
    • Annual Fee- A fee levied each year just to have a credit card (usually $25 to $50+)
    • Transaction Fee - A small charge levied each time a card is used
    • Late Fee - Charge assessed if a cardholder is late making a payment
    • Bounced Check Fees - NSF check payment
    • Over-the-Limit Fees - Charge assessed if cardholder exceeds credit limit
  • 25. Liability for Lost or Stolen Cards
    • Protection available under the Truth in Lending Act limits a cardholder’s liability if a card is lost of stolen
    • The cardholder must notify the card issuer within 2 days of loss or theft
    • After 2 days, the maximum liability is $50 prior to notification
    • Many creditors waive the $50 fee
  • 26. Figure 6.2: Sample Statement for a Revolving Charge Account
  • 27. Credit Card Statements
    • Billing Date - (Sometimes called the Closing Date or Statement Date) is the last date of the month for which any transactions are reported; this is generally the same date each month
    • Due Date- Date, specified by credit card company, of when they should receive payment
      • The period between the billing date and due date is usually about 20-25 days
      • Watch the fine print! (Example: time of payment)
  • 28. Credit Statements (Continued)
    • Transaction and Posting Dates - Date on which the credit card holder makes a purchase or receives a credit
    • Grace Period – Time period between the posting date of a transaction and the due date, within which any new credit card purchases made during the billing cycle will avoid finance charges.
    • Minimum Payments - To meet his/her obligations, a cardholder must make a minimum payment each month; finance charges are assessed thereafter
  • 29. Correcting Errors on Your Credit Card Statement
    • Take several actions when disputing an item on a billing statement:
      • Send a written notice of the error to the credit card insurer.
      • Provide photocopies (not originals) of any necessary documentation.
      • Withhold payment for disputed items.
      • After the dispute has been settled, review your credit bureau file.
  • 30. Golden Rules of Credit and Credit Cards
    • Protect your credit reputation just as you would guard your personal reputation.
    • Obtain copies of your credit reports every year, and challenge all errors or omissions.
    • Obtain the lowest APRs possible when opening credit accounts. If necessary, move credit card balances to lower-cost accounts.
    • Pay your credit cards off each month.
    • Always check your monthly billing statements against your receipts to ensure their accuracy. Challenge all discrepancies.