Chapter 5A - Consumer credit. In this chapter, you will learn to: Analyze advantages and disadvantages of using consumer credit, assess the types and sources of consumer credit, determine whether you can afford a loan and how to apply for credit, determine the cost of credit by calculating interest using various interest formulas, develop a plan to protect your credit and manage your debts.
Chapter 5B: Consumer credit. In this chapter, you will learn to: Determine the cost of credit by calculating interest using various interest formulas, develop a plan to protect your credit and manage your debts, determine whether you can afford a loan and how to apply for credit.
In this chapter, you will learn to: Describe the reasons for using consumer credit and identify its benefits and problems; develop a plan to establish a strong credit history; distinguish among the different forms of open account credit; apply for, obtain, and manage open forms of credit; choose the right credit cards and recognize their advantages and disadvantages; avoid credit problems, protect yourself against credit card fraud, and understand the personal bankruptcy process.
Consumer financing have become increasingly important in the private sector of Pakistan for the last two decades. With the new reforms in the banking sector, the marketing of financial products has become very competitive, creating a needfor strategizing the marketing efforts. This study investigates the shift of Pakistani consumers towards the use of plastic money, with emphasis on credit cards. A survey of consumers holding (at least) one or no credit card were used for data collection.
This category features the broadest application of the use of credit ratings. Member
authorities from every jurisdiction submitting responses indicated that their LRSPs contained
provisions using credit ratings for the purpose of determining net or regulatory capital, and
more LRSPs are applied to capital requirements than to any other category of use. Credit
ratings were generally used in those LRSPs as a means of mapping credit risks to capital
charges or risk weights.
Credit and credit scoring can be a mysterious, complex subject, which means
any journalist trying to cover this area of personal finance needs great
sources. I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to have found experts who not
only knew their fields, but who were willing to spend time helping me under-stand them, too.
At the top of this list is Craig Watts, spokesman for Fair Isaac Corp., who
invested hours researching and carefully answering my endless questions.
The complex system for reporting and reviewing credit involves a large number of
participants who fall generally into one of six categories: consumers; data repositories;
data users; data furnishers; credit reporting agencies; and analytical service providers.
Approximately 190-200 million consumers have credit reports maintained by the three
major credit repositories (Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union)
Senator Long undoubtedly understood that once a provision is in the tax
code, it is likely to remain. Indeed, the EITC remained in the tax code each
subsequent year until it was made permanent in 1978. Legislation in 1978
also added a ﬂat range to the EITC’s phase-in and phaseout ranges, as
shown in ﬁgure 3.1.
An “advance payment” option was also added to the
credit in 1978, so that workers would be able, if they desired, to receive the
credit incrementally throughout the year.
Spending on the safety net slowed in the late 1970s and shrank in the
The so called portfolio approach to credit supply (for an overview see Fase (1995))
starts with the assumption that banks maximize a utility function under a set of balance sheet
constraints which allows to derive directly credit supply functions. However, the derivation
assumes a perfect financial market while treating the private sector (comprising the corporate
and household sectors) as one homogeneous entity. These limitations restrict the use of this
model when trying to address the specific issues related to corporate finance in imperfect
Central to these conditions are developments
in benchmark interest rates. These comprise
mainly the key ECB interest rates, money
market rates and government bond yields,
with the latter containing the term structure of
risk-free rates, domestic sovereign credit risk
and liquidity premia (see Chart 1). These rates
are the main determinants of the conditions of
direct ﬁ nancing in ﬁ nancial markets for both
non-ﬁ nancial and ﬁ nancial corporations and,
consequently, for the wholesale market funding
and deposit funding of banks.
In this paper we focus on the recent Spanish credit cycle which largely explains the
banking problems in this country and, in particular, the episodes of financial instability and
uncertainty that the Spanish banking sector suffered during 2009 and 2010. These episodes
gave, in turn, rise to the implementation of banking restructuring plans in 2010 and early 2011.
Our main data are proprietary Öles covering 2003-2010 from one of the ten large Greek banks,
which together account for eighty percent of the market share. The bank has tens of thousands
of customers, with branches across the country. The dataset is the universe of applications
for consumer credit products and mortgages, both approved and rejected. Consumer credit
products include term loans, credit lines, credit cards, overdraft facilities, appliance loans, and
Our dataset includes every piece of hard information that the bank uses in its credit scoring
Below is a list of consumer reporting companies – companies that collect information and
provide reports on consumers that are used to decide whether to provide consumers credit,
insurance, or employment, and for other purposes. This list doesn’t cover every company in
the industry. It’s a list of companies that have identified themselves as consumer reporting
companies or provide consumers access to their consumer reports. The list includes both the
biggest nationwide credit reporting companies and a longer list of “specialty reporting
Credit is valuable. The importance of how much credit you have and how you use it goes far beyond
shopping. Whether you have good or poor credit can affect where you live and even where you work, because
your credit record may be considered by prospective employers. That is why you need to understand how
credit is awarded or denied and what you can do if you are treated unfairly. The major laws that regulate credit
are outlined in this brochure.
Fair Credit Reporting Act
The Fair Credit Reporting Act promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in consumer credit reports.
In this section, we focus on the relationship between total bank credit to non-bank borrowers
and the international components of bank credit in emerging economies (see Annex 1 for
sample of 31). We find that, in the years before the recent global financial crisis, a rising
share of international credit was positively related to a rising ratio of bank credit to GDP.8 In
other words, the evidence systematically implicates international credit in credit booms.
Kfir Eliaz and Ran Spiegler 2006) does not investigate credit contracts and especially welfare
and possible welfare-improving interventions in credit markets in detail. Furthermore, because
borrowing on a mortgage or to purchase a durable good typically involves up-front effort costs
with mostly delayed benefits, models of a taste for immediate gratification do not seem to predict
much of the overextension that has worried researchers and policymakers.
most credit cards do not charge interest on any purchases if a borrower pays the entire balance
due within a short one-month grace period, but do charge interest on all purchases if she revolves
even $1. To protect borrowers, new regulations restrict these and other practices involving large
penalties: in July 2008 the Federal Reserve Board severely limited the use of prepayment penalties,
and the Credit CARD Act of 2009 prohibits the use of interest charges for partial balances
the consumer has paid off, and restricts fees in other ways.
Although there appear to be roughly 150 local and international credit rating
agencies worldwide (Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, 2000; Langohr
and Langohr, 2008, p. 384), Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch are clearly the
dominant entities. All three operate on a worldwide basis, with offifi ces on six continents;
each has ratings outstanding on tens of trillions of dollars of securities. Only
Moody’s is a free-standing company, so the most information is known about that
fifi rm: Its 2008 annual report listed the company’s total revenues at $1.
After reading this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions: What is the purpose of the Federal Trade Commission Act? How does the Federal Trade Commission determine what constitutes deceptive advertising? What is the purpose of labeling and packaging laws? What are the different methods of sales? What are the different acts that provide credit protection? What are the different acts that help ensure consumer health and safety?