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Monday, July 10, 2006

0% on a Balance Transfers Will Not Last Forever



Have you ever been attracted to a credit card because it promises you an outstanding interest rate that seems just too good to be true? Most of us have at some stage jumped for one of these attractive offers. There are a growing number of credit card providers out there that will offer you 0% deals on either balance transfers or purchases, and sometimes they just seem too good to resist.

Particularly if you have a large outstanding credit card balance that you are currently paying a lot of interest on, these offers will be very tempting. In fact, many 0% balance transfer offers will save you hundreds of pounds on interest that you would otherwise have had to pay on your credit card balance. But no matter how attractive such offers may appear at the time, you should only ever take on another credit card if you have taken the time to review your finances and are satisfied that it is the right financial move for you at this time.

To look at a typical example, suppose you have one thousand pounds outstanding on a credit card that charges 10% APR. This means that over the course of a year, this balance will cost you 100 pounds in interest charges. Now suppose you find a credit card that offers you 0% on balance transfers for six months. Well it is pretty obvious that 0% is better than 10 and if you were to take up this offer, assuming there are no balance transfer fees, then how much will you have saved over the six month interest free period? The answer is 50 pounds. However, what will the interest rate revert to once the interest free period has come to an end? This is something you should be thinking about before you opt for the credit card, and not when the interest free period is about to expire and everything is more urgent. Suppose, for the sake of our example that the interest rate reverts to a rate of 25%. This means that over the next six months you will pay �125 in interest.

While this is a very simple example, it illustrates an important point when it comes to 0% balance transfers. In the example above if the customer had stayed with his 10% card, he would have paid �100 in interest over a 12 month period. In the same period, by opting for a 0% balance transfer for six months that then reverted to 25%, he ended up paying �125.

The point to remember is that just because a credit card offers you 0% does not mean it is the best deal out there. Look at the long term rates that the card will offer you, and compare these to the rates you are already getting from your credit card. If your existing rate is better than the rates that you will get from the new card once the introductory offer expires, then maybe you should remain loyal to the card you have.

So while this is going on you will not be spending on the new credit card, but you will be safe in the knowledge that you are saving the interest payments on the old debt.

-->by: Peter Kenny

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Resolving Credit Card Disputes



Image this if you will, one day you receive your statement in your mailbox and of course you do not assume anything out of the ordinary because you only used the card one time last month, which was to buy your niece a birthday present. No big deal you think, this can be paid off in full, and so you take the statement and sit down with your checkbook ready to send it off. You open your statement and you find it full of purchases three to sears and many to places you have never even been to and know you did not make. What do you do now?

Are you aware of your rights that you possess when a fraudulent purchase is made upon your credit card?

Here we are going to talk about fraudulent charges, first of all, this means charges that you, yourself did not make. The federal law has implemented certain rights that will help you if there is ever an instance of charges upon your card that were not made by you. This law, called the Fair Credit Billing Act, limits the responsibility placed on you for charges you were not aware of to only $50. If you find, when opening your statement, that there are unauthorized charges on it, there is a specific procedure you must follow in order to resolve the issue right away.

The first thing that you should do is call the company and explain to them that those charges are not yours and were not made by you. The company will then give you a specific set of instructions you should follow. Additionally, take some time out to look over your other statements, ensure that there were no other unauthorized charges made that you might have missed.

Typically, the reporting credit card business will most probably ask you to sign a statement confirming these charges were unauthorized. It is important that you refrain from using this card while the charge dispute is in process.

After the charges are resolved and removed from your statement you should obtain a copy of your credit report, obtain one from each major bureau to ensure that the particular credit card record has been updated with them. The reason for this is because it is likely that during the dispute these charges could have formed late payments that might have been reported to the credit bureaus.

-->by: Jeff Lakie

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