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Credit Cards Market Research Reports & Industry Analysis

A credit card can be used to purchase goods or services based on an agreement between the company issuing the card and the card holder. Companies assign a line of credit to the card holder, based on income and credit scores. The line of credit represents the maximum that the cardholder is allowed to borrow. The cardholder agrees to repay the lender for goods or services purchased on the card, and to make payments over time. In return for these privileges the credit card company charges interest on the balance which the card holder carries. Credit cards are a convenience service offered by a lending company. A credit card allows a limited loan to be made very quickly. Many consumers find carrying credit cards to be more convenient than carrying cash. Credit card companies may offer incentives to card holders, such as points to be redeemed for rewards such as airline tickets or products, or they may offer insurance or warranties on some types of products purchased with a credit card. Consumers who use credit cards may encounter some challenges. Introductory interest rates are normally low, but once the introductory period is over, fees and interest can be much higher. Rates may go up further if a payment is late or the credit card holder misses a payment. There are benefits to merchants who accept credit cards. A credit card transaction is more secure than some other forms of payment, such as a check. However, credit card transactions are subject to a commission, normally a percentage of the transaction total.
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