Question: Which financial institution created a credit card based on an urban legend?
(The answer to our trivia question is at the bottom. But first, let’s talk about your credit cards.)
Are your credit cards right for you? If you’re not sure, here are some key points you can compare to determine which product is right for you.
Is the interest rate fixed or variable?
If you carry a credit card balance, you will want a fixed rate. If you pay in full each month, the rates won’t matter.
Will you use the card for purchases, balance transfers, or cash advances?
Your credit card company will apply a different rate for each transaction, so pick the right card with the right rates for your financial plans.
Is there an annual fee just to have the account?
You may not want an annual fee. However, if the annual fee covers your membership to a discount service or store (like a big box store), you may find that it’s worth it.
Ask about any other costs or fees.
Look for late fees, membership fees, over limit fees, returned payment fees, etc).
How is the billing cycle calculated?
Does the due date suit your monthly budget? If the card is due on the same date as your mortgage, that could cause trouble.
Your credit cards should work with the way you spend money and pay bills. Don’t let your cards cause you more trouble than convenience.
Trivia Question Answer:
The (virtually) no-limit credit card, the Centurion, was created by American Express for no other reason than the persistent rumors that it actually existed. This card is obviously meant for the rich and famous. For those of us with bigger dreams than budgets, a no-limit card would be a disaster. Fortunately, the Centurion is issued by invitation only.