Credit Card Companies Plan to Get Around CARD Act-Part 1

The CARD Act, which became law last year, was designed to protect the average consumer by limiting the fees and interest rates card issuers could charge while improving term disclosure. The final phase of the CARD act goes into effect this August, but credit card issuers are already geared up to get around the provisions and continue charging increasing credit card fees and high interest to consumers.

As Arizona’s premier bankruptcy relief firm, we here at The Pew Law Center, PLLC are dedicated to revealing tricks the credit card companies play so that you can avoid the financial difficulties that lead to bankruptcy.

What are the new rules of the CARD act?

The highlights of the rules that will be in full effect by August 2010 include:

  • Required 21 day grace period to pay for purchases
  • 45 days notice for major changes to card terms
  • No more automatic fees for exceeding the credit limit
  • Interest rates can’t be raised until a payment is 60 days late
  • No more inactivity fees
  • Excessive late fees are not allowed
  • Card issuers cannot charge more than one penalty fee at a time

While these rules sound great, and they are, the card companies are already way ahead of congress and consumers when it comes to finding ways to make money. In the rest of this series we will look at ways they are planning to get around the new law and what you can do to protect yourself.


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