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credit card

(Encyclopedia) credit card, device used to obtain consumer credit at the time of purchasing an article or service. Credit cards may be issued by a business, such as a department store or an oil company, to ma...

credit

(Encyclopedia) credit, granting of goods, services, or money in return for a promise of future payment. Most credit is accompanied by an interest charge, which usually makes the future payment greater ...

debit card

(Encyclopedia) debit card, card that allows the cost of goods or services that are purchased to be deducted directly from the purchaser's checking account. They can also be used at automated teller machi...

smart card

(Encyclopedia) smart card, small device that resembles a credit card but contains an embedded microprocessor to store and process information. Magnetic-stripe cards, which store a very small amount of ...

carding

(Encyclopedia) carding, process by which fibers are opened, cleaned, and straightened in preparation for spinning. The fingers were first used, then a tool of wood or bone shaped like a hand, then two flat pi...

What You Should Know About Credit Card Blocking

Source: FDIC Consumer News Credit card blocking is like having a slow leak in your spare tire: You are not aware of the problem until you need to do something about it. Credit card blocking m…

Credit Card Use, 1992-2004

General-purpose credit cards include Mastercard, Visa, Optima, and Discover. All dollar figures are given in constant 1998 dollars based on consumer p…

Cracking the Credit Code

Glossary of Credit TermsSource: The Federal Reserve Board. Web: http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/shop/ .Annual feeA flat yearly charge similar to a membership fee.Annual percentage rate (APR…

Protecting Personal Credit

by David Johnson How to Stop Thieves From Using Your Checks Tips on making your personal checks more secure Understanding Credit Reports Find out who uses them, what in them, a…

To obtain your credit report

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Web: www.phil.frb.org/consumers/creditreport.html. Just about everyone uses credit, whether it is for car, student, or bank loans; mortgages; or …