CREDIT CARD AND CREDIT SCORE GLOSSARY: TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

Our Financial Terms Glossary will help you learn the

most common financial terms, credit card terms, and

credit score words and phrases

 

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By educating yourself about how credit cards work, you can prevent mistakes before they happen -- and save yourself a lot of money and headaches down the road

Credit Card AND CREDIT SCORE Glossary Terms to know for first-time card users

-By educating yourself about how credit cards work, you can prevent mistakes before they happen -- and save yourself a lot of money and headaches down the road

 

CREDIT CARD AND CREDIT SCORE GLOSSARY TERMS TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE IN DEBT

Once you max out your cards,   late fees, over-the-limit fees and default interest rates only compound the problem

CREDIT CARD AND CREDIT SCORE GLOSSARY TERMS TO KNOW FOR BANKRUPTCY

It is important to know some of the more common terms with bankruptcy especially if this is the only option you have

CREDIT CARD AND CREDIT SCORE GLOSSARY TERMS TO KNOW FOR IDENTITY THEFT

One of the most important step to detect fraud by monitoring closely your bank and credit card statements for any suspicious activities on your accounts

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Borrowing and repaying your credit card bill on time, in addition to not carrying a large balance is one of the most important things you can do to build up a great credit score.

However having at least one account with a high balance can hurt your score even if your overall utilization is low.

Make sure your score wont suffer by spreading out a low utilization across all your accounts.

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GET A SECURED CREDIT CARD TO BUILD CREDIT

You have to have credit to build credit — which can be hard if your income is low or you're unemployed and lenders aren't willing to take a chance on you. If you're in this situation, you should get a secured card to build your credit.

Banks and credit unions offer secured credit cards, which act like traditional credit cards but require a deposit that acts as your line of credit