Credit Card Accounts

Prior to considering the various credit card accounts that are available to you, it is useful to remind yourself of the important role of this aspect of finance.

Any movement of financial capital is in general dependent on credit. This is in turn dependendent on the credit-worthiness and reputation of the individual(s) or organisation that assumes responsibility for such funds.

In the world of finance, credit or, credit card accounts is the granting of a loan and the subsequent creation of a debt.

As credit goes, it is granted to people or organisations who are perceived to have a degree of financial stability. Those who do not fit this criteria will more than likely be declined lending or find that in order to secure borrowing, they are charged extortianate interest rates.

Having credit-worthiness, whether this relate to an individual's personal account or to merchant accounts, is paramount in the financial world, especially since purchase transactions are increasingly being carried out by way of the 'buy now - pay later' culture; not to mention the many innovative incentives that are being offered to customers - and credit card account holders in particular.

One such incentive for instance refers to companies who frequently offer credit to their customers as part of the terms of a purchase agreement. So if you want to make an expensive purchase - such as a suite of furniture, the company will arrange the credit for you to acquire it.

Credit cards are said to be the most widely available financial product there is. With more than 80% of American households having at least one, it is further claimed that on average we may have approximately eight credit card accounts at any one time.

At the end of the day, it is not how many credit cards you have, but how you go about managing them in accordance with your financial or credit needs. How do you do that?

  • You will first need to understand the 3 basic types of credit that are available, including the credit card account and their uses

  • Remember that you have a credit card or several credit cards because you have been deemed to be credit/trust-worthy by the credit card companies. Don't harm this reputation by spending up to the entire credit limit just because you have it. It is a sure way to land yourself in credit debt you might find it far more difficult to extricate yourself from.

  • Realistically speaking, you may only need one or two card accounts. One perhaps for your general spending - which you should aim to pay off each month, while the other could cover you for little emergencies or, if you own a business, to help tide you over.

  • Don't be drawn either by any lender's measure of what is considered an acceptable level for a credit card accoun debt. While the general ratio of debt that is set by lenders is approximately 25% of your net income, be guided by your own common sense as to whether this level is too high for your personal circumstances

  • It is easy to assume that just because you have a good income you don't run the risk of incurring a credit card debt. However bear in mind that people who incur credit card debt do so because of unforseen circumstances such as losing their jobs, redundancy, divorce or the death of a spouse

  • So there you have it! Credit, or using credit cards isn't a bad thing - in fact, it is an efficient, convenient and safe means of managing your financial affairs on a day-to-day basis. Just be sure you use any credit cards with thought.

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