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Truths In Low Interest Rate Credit Cards And Debts

May 25, 2008
Finances are a tricky subject when one is under the strain of owing a massive amount of debt to creditors and lenders. But when things get tough, options such as the low rate credit card many competitors offer can be quite appealing. This is usually a false appeal, however, and care should be taken when proceeding with obtaining them. Nevertheless, there is benefit to be had from a low interest rate credit card.

Having a 0% interest credit card sounds intriguing. Indeed, it would solve many debts if all credit companies could offer this to everyone. But in reality, there are limits to how long this lasts, and creditors will raise interest rates to insanely high levels after a certain period of time. With this deceptive tactic, creditors can make their money back from the offer in a very short period of time- and it is completely legal for them to do regardless of morals.

Although there is a lot of bad reputation associated with the low interest rate credit card, there are a few ways consumers can benefit from switching to one. If all debts can be paid before a higher interest rate starts to take effect, the borrower can essentially save quite a bit of money. But most low interest rate periods are rather short in length, and this doesn't give much opportunity to borrowers to make enough payments in such a small time frame.

Other hidden discounts and rates on the low interest credit card will often be apparent. This means that reading the fine print on contracts and agreements is more than necessary- it's vital. If you are having trouble deciphering a contract, or need help in deciding whether or not the contract is worthy, consulting a lawyer or financial adviser is a good option to undertake.

Also note that if one has the simple idea to switch from one low rate interest credit card to another on a repeated basis, this could negatively impact one's credit rating. Credit companies will see the multiple new credit cards signed up for, and assume the consumer is not being responsible in opening and closing so many accounts. This also becomes less plausible as many contracts will require consumers agree to a minimum length of service agreement.

Going for a low rate or 0% rate credit card isn't a bad idea- it just takes responsibility for it to work correctly. There are too many factors, rules, and regulations to decipher for most citizens to make an educated decision. If one still wants to go through with the plan, it is highly recommended that the consumer make use of a financial consultant.

Final Thoughts

As many borrowers will find throughout their experiences, there are far too many tricks and deceptions in the financial industry. Staying clean from any gimmicks and outright manipulative offers is important when one wishes to stay out of debt. The best advice in this situation is to simply find advice and help in companies and government run institutions that cater to helping the individual- and not from the individual's wallet.
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