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minimum credit card payment increase

Release time:2018-01-13

How to cope with sudden minimum payment increaseCredit card issuers can change conditions on short noticeBy - -  |  Published: July 13, 2009 Todd Ossenfort has been chief operating officer for Pioneer Credit Counseling since 1998. He writes our weekly "The Credit Guy" column, answering reader questions about credit counseling and debt issues. Ask a question.Dear Credit Guy, I have been paying a credit card balance transfer with a 3.99 percent interest rate for maybe three or more years. I was never late, and I never used the card for purchases knowing that my payment would go first to the higher interest balance. Today, I received a note from the bank changing my minimum payment from 2 percent of the balance to 5 percent of the balance, more than double. This change truly jeopardizes my ability to keep current on all my debt payments. Can the bank do that? What can I do about it? -- Adriana Dear Adriana, Yes, unfortunately, most cardholder agreements allow for changes in the agreement by the card issuer with notification of said change to the cardholder. With the current credit cycle, many creditors are tightening up from the much looser standards of the past and looking for ways to lessen risk. Creditors are accomplishing less risk by raising interest rates and lowering credit limits. Because you transferred a balance, you have a guaranteed interest rate unless you default, so the card issuer cannot raise your rate if it believes you are a greater risk. The only option the card issuer has in the case of a guaranteed rate is to decrease the amount of time you have to repay the balance by increasing the minimum payment amount.

 

Your options when credit card minimum payments skyrocket

 

Credit Card Minimum Payment Increase
Why the credit card minimum payment increase was needed The intent of these guidelines is to help prevent consumers from paying on credit card balances for 20-30 years. Before the guidelines were instituted, the monthly minimum payment on most credit cards was generally 2% of the outstanding balance.

 

4 ways to fight minimum payment increases - Credit Cards
Thousands of credit card customers were surprised by news that their credit card minimum payments will more than double. Find out what your options are.

 

How to Reduce Your Average Monthly Credit Card Payments
What Are Credit Card Minimum Payments? Many U.S. banks require credit card holders to pay 4% of their balance every month (this was increased from 2% of the monthly balance years ago following the financial meltdown in 2007 to 2009).

 

Why Does My Credit Card Minimum Payment Keep Rising?
If you pay more than the minimum on your credit card bill, you’ve got the right idea. But why does the credit card’s minimum payment keep rising each month?

 

Learn Impact of Minimum Payments on Your Credit Score
Credit UsageWhen you only make the minimum payment on your credit cards, you’re not doing much to lower your credit card debt. Another major component of your credit score is your credit utilization ratio, which measures how much of your available credit you’re using.

 

Credit Card Minimum Payments to Increase Soon ...
To try and save us from ourselves, the Office of the Controller has recommended that credit card companies make their customers pay higher minimum payments, up to ...

 

Your options when credit card minimum payments skyrocket
Credit card issuers can change conditions on short notice, including the minimum payment.

 

What Happens If I Pay Only the Minimum on My Credit Card ...
Credit card issuers tend to set minimum payment requirements at rock-bottom levels. You’ll generally owe either a fixed amount — often $25 — or a percentage of the balance, whichever’s greater. Some cards require you to pay only 1% or 2% of the balance each month, plus any fees and accrued interest.

 

Reasons to Pay More Than the Credit Card Minimum
The minimum payment is a convenience credit card issuers give, but it can come at a high cost. Paying more than the minimum is always better. The minimum payment is a convenience credit card issuers give, but it can come at a high cost.

 

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