Banks Are Increasing Credit Card Rates & Fees and Pushing Lousy Products to Make Up for Mortgage Related Losses

In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Prof. Elizabeth Warren warns consumers that banks are increasing interest rates and fees on credit cards for no other reason other than that they need revenue to make up for losses in other lines of their business. The banks reason that in a climate in which credit is harder to obtain, consumers are less likely to close their accounts when hit with these increases and switch to different credit cards. Banks are also adding such “trips and traps” as double cycle billing (you pay interest on recent charges). Banks are...

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Consumers Love Hate Relationship with Credit Cards

The Sunday May 27, 2007, edition of the Washington Post contains an article entitled “A Highly Charged Relationship” about Americans’ love hate relationship with credit cards. What what we all love is the convenience, but we hate are the practices hidden in the fine print such as unfairly high interest rates and penalty fees; confusing policies that constantly change, almost always in the lender’s favor; and near-insurmountable hurdles to getting help when a consumer falls into trouble or when a company makes a billing mistake. The article states that most complaints involve “over limit” fees and penalties; interest charges on...

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