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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

credit card rates raise

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There are reasons which make credit card interest rates so high. High credit card interest rates make having this kind of debt a bad idea especially if it compounds very quickly after we bought things that quickly lose their value.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Credit Card Reform Law takes place

Consumer Gains on Credit-Card Law Pared by Rate Hikes

By Jeff Plungis

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Americans with the best credit may be hurt the most as the first phase of a credit card reform law takes effect tomorrow, said Schwark Satyavolu, founder of a card-comparison Web site.

Lenders are raising rates across the board, according to Satyavolu, president and co-founder of, which compares terms offered to consumers for credit cards, mobile phones and gasoline. The company says the average lowest card rate is about 11.25 percent, up from 8.85 percent in January. The average for less credit-worthy customers rose to 15.75 percent in July, from 13.75 percent in January.

Banks are setting the bar high enough so they’ll only go down from here,” Satyavolu said.

The law gives cardholders some of the tools Congress promised to exercise more control over their accounts. They’ll have 45 days to reject proposed rate increases and they’ll have the option of paying off their existing balances at the current rates over a period of at least five years. Companies will have to mail bills 21 days before the due date, up from 14 days.

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