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    Credit Card Disclosures Written So Many Can't Understand

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a study about credit cards with some interesting numbers:

    <li> One in five (20%) of the credit card accounts managed by the top six credit card issuers had interest rates above 20%, with most of these being above a 30% APR.

    <li> Over one in three (35%) of active U.S. credit card accounts managed by the top six credit card issuers were assessed late fees

    <li> More than 1 in 10 (13%) of active U.S. credit card accounts managed by the top six credit card issuers were assessed over-limit fees last year.

    <li> The disclosures on credit cards from the largest credit card issuers were often written above the 8th grade level which is where about half of U.S. adults read.

    <li> Most credit card holders failed to understand when they would be charged for late payments

    <li> Many credit card holders didn't understand what would cause their credit card issuer to raise their credit card interest rate.

    While the report theorizes that the difficulty in the reading level for credit card disclosures may exist from the credit card issuers drafting their disclosures to avoid lawsuits, I'm sure that the credit card companies aren't crying that many people don't understand what they are getting into or how credit cards work.

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    Re: Credit Card Disclosures Written So Many Can't Understand

    The only way to win with CC's is never to play!!!

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      Re: Credit Card Disclosures Written So Many Can't Understand

      Originally posted by jeffrey
      While the report theorizes that the difficulty in the reading level for credit card disclosures may exist from the credit card issuers drafting their disclosures to avoid lawsuits, I'm sure that the credit card companies aren't crying that many people don't understand what they are getting into or how credit cards work.

      We can read alright. It's what they don't disclose that gets us!

      I've got cards that are used all the time and paid in full. The issuer would either raise my APR or shorten the due date!

      I've got cards that I carry a balance at a low promotional rate and pay on time. One would give me credit line increases and the other froze credit line increases! Both raised the purchase and cash advance APR's.

      I had a card I hadn't used in years. GREAT APR until I started to use it responsibly!


      I've discovered the the credit card industry is only happy if they lose you by attrition or through their convoluted "disclosures".

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