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What You Should Know About Credit Cards

A credit card is primarily a convenient payment mechanism. It is not intended to be a long-term credit facility. Should you require long-term financing, you may wish to consider alternative financial products.


5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

  1. Why am I applying for this card?
  2. Can I pay for the purchase in full each month? Or do I intend to pay the minimum sum required and rollover my payments?
  3. If I do rollover my payments, do I have the capacity to pay the accompanying charges?
  4. Do I understand the terms and conditions for the use of the card? For example, do I know what are the various fees, interest, finance charges, and penalties that accompany the use of the card?
  5. What action can the bank take if I fail to settle my overdue payments?

 


10 Questions You Should Ask The Bank


    Membership Fees

  1. When will the promotional free membership period, if any, expire? What is the fee I will have to pay after the expiry period?
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    Payment

  3. What is the minimum amount I have to pay each month?

  4. How much interest do I have to pay on the outstanding amount?

  5. If I do not make the minimum payment for one month, what are all the interest and other charges that I will have to pay?

  6. What are the charges I will incur if my payment, either by cheque or GIRO, is returned for whatever reasons?
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    Cash Advances

  8. If I take a cash advance from my credit card line, what are the charges that I will have to pay?
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    Loss of Credit Card

  10. If I lose my credit card, what must I do?

  11. If I lose my credit card, what are my liabilities for unauthorised purchases?
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    Credit Limit

  13. What is my credit limit?
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    Changes in Terms and Conditions

  15. If there are any changes in the terms and conditions for the use of the card, will I be informed of these changes? If so, when will I be informed of these changes?
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