A unique number that identifies a credit card holder.
annual percentage rate (APR)
The interest rate paid per year or charged per year.
A person's property or what is owned.
The difference between the maximum amount allowed and the actual amount owed on a credit card.
average daily balance
The average amount owed per day during the billing cycle.
The last monthly payment on some loans that is much greater than the previous payments.
A predetermined amount of time set by the credit card company that is used for calculating a credit card bill.
The date that a credit card statement was written.
A special type of credit card where the monthly bills for all purchases must be paid in full and there is no interest charged.
Security, such as a personal belonging, car or boat title, CD, or stock certificates, that insures a loan will be paid.
A person that signs a promissory note along with the borrower and agrees to pay back the loan if the borrower does not.
When something is bought that is not paid for at the time of purchase.
A calendar method of finding the average daily balance of a credit card.
A type of credit card account that has a revolving charge where the entire bill does not have to be paid in full each month.
credit card statement
An accounting of the credits and debits in the form of a monthly report sent to a credit card holder.
The maximum amount that a person can owe on a credit card at one time.
A credit report card that shows how well a user of credit meets their financial obligations; these records are used by creditors when they decide to issue credit.
credit reporting agency
Organizations that compile records on users of credit as to how well they repay their debts.
Organization or person who extends credit to debtors.
A card that acts like an electronic check and is not a credit or charge card; with each purchase, the amount is deducted from a checking account; purchases may not exceed the balance in the account.
A debit is the amount charged to an account; a credit is payment made to reduce your debt; credits are identified by a negative (-) sign.
Organization or person who uses credit.
The upfront money applied to a purchase that is made with a loan (credit).
A person's ability to earn money now and in the future.
Electronic Funds Transfer Act
The law that protects debit card users against unauthorized use of their cards; users are not responsible for purchases made with a lost or stolen card after the card is reported missing.
Fair Credit Billing Act
The law that gives protection to a consumer in the case of errors on a monthly credit card statement; consumers are not responsible for a disputed amount or the finance charges that amount accrues, until the error is cleared up.
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
The law that prohibits the creditor from harassing or using unfair means to collect the amount owed.
A score that summarizes the probability that a debtor will pay a debt and is a reliable way that creditors judge credit worthiness.
The interest that is charged to a buyer when paying for a purchase or service over time.
When a consumer purchases something to which they suddenly were attracted and had no intention of buying.
A method of payment of a purchase or services over a period of time.
The finance charge or fee that is charged to an installment buyer when paying for a purchase or service over time.
The penalty charged for late payments from a previous month.
Organizations that extend loans; they make their profit by charging interest; lending institutions include banks, savings and loans, credit unions, consumer finance companies, life insurance companies, and pawnshops.
A type of insurance that pays a specified amount upon the policy holder's death; a creditor often requires a borrower to take out life insurance to cover the loan in the event the borrower dies before the loan is paid.
Often referred to as average; the sum of all the numbers in a data set divided by the number of elements in the data set.
An amount that is the lowest payment the credit card company will accept for the current billing period.
monthly periodic rate
The APR divided by 12; the rate of interest charged each month.
The amount currently owed on a credit card.
The sum of purchases or debits on an account.
number of days in billing cycle
The amount of time, in days, covered by the current bill.
payment due date
The due date, or the date the monthly payment must be received by the creditor.
The total amount received by the creditor that is applied to the account.
An amount borrowers pay as a fee if they wish to pay back an entire loan before the due date.
An agreement that allows the borrower to make payments before the due date to reduce the amount of interest.
Any money owed prior to the current billing period.
The balance, or amount of money, in an account, or amount borrowed.
An agreement which states the conditions of a loan; a borrower's signature confirms a promise to pay back the loan as outlined in the agreement.
revolving charge account
A type of credit card where the entire bill does not have to be paid in full each month; there is a minimum monthly payment and finance charge the month following any month were the bill is not paid in full.
A purchase, cash advance, or payment made using a credit card.
This law offers protection if a credit card is lost or stolen if a consumer contacts the credit card company immediately after losing a credit card or the card is stolen, the maximum liability is $50.
A voluntary deduction from an employee's paycheck, used to pay off debts.
An involuntary form of wage assignment, often done by court order.