A bank charge for use of a credit card levied each year. It is billed directly to the customer's monthly statement. Many credit cards come without an annual fee.
Also called Annual Interest Rate, it is the annual rate that is charged for borrowing (or made by investing), expressed as a single percentage number that represents the actual yearly cost of funds over the term of a loan. This includes any fees or additional costs associated with the transaction.
The state of being behind in payments.
An acronym for Automated Teller Machine. It enables you to carry out most bank transactions including deposits and withdrawals, with the help of an ATM/Debit card or Credit card. Please note that most banks usually charge transaction fees for using another bank's ATM.
The process of managing your expenditure, so that it doesn't exceed your income.
A loan taken out against a line of credit or credit card, typically imposing higher-than-normal interest charges. The issuing bank or financial institution treats cash advances like loans, not like purchases or merchandise. When you take a cash advance, interest begins to accrue differently – sometimes without a grace period and at a higher rate of interest.
A plastic card having a magnetic strip, issued by a bank or business which enables you to buy goods or services on credit.
The maximum amount you can borrow using your credit card. It is also called your credit limit.
Someone to whom you owe money.
Debit cards look like credit cards or ATM (automated teller machine) cards, but operate like cash or personal cheques. A debit card directly accesses the money deposited in your bank account.
Someone who owes money.
All charges that the borrower pays for the use of funds including interest, fees and other charges paid directly for the use of credit, or indirectly as a condition for the extension of credit. Finance charges must be included on truth-in-lending disclosure statements as the total amount paid for the use of borrowed money.
An interest rate that remains the same for the term of the loan.
These are the number of days the bank allows you to borrow their money interest-free.Grace periods vary, depending on the bank that issues the credit card. This period is usually applied to new purchases, but only if there is no old balance being carried forward.
The period during which the Introductory Rate applies to balances outstanding on your account.
A kind of APR which is applicable for only a short period of time.
The amount quoted in your credit card statement, to prevent fines or penalties later on. Interest will be charged on the unpaid amount.
Access by personal computer or terminal to bank information, accounts and certain transactions via the financial institution’s web site on the Internet. Also known as Internet Banking.
An acronym for Personal Identification Number. A confidential personal identification code, usually consisting of four to six digits, used by bank customers to access their account balances when using an ATM.
The total amount transacted, payable to the bank by a credit card holder.