Penalty APRs 101

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You shopped around to find the credit card with the best annual percentage rate (APR) for your qualifications. Maybe you’ve got a lower rate than the average – around 17%. The last thing you want to do is incur a penalty APR that ruins your hard work.

If you’ve missed a credit card payment for at least sixty days, your account may be subject to a higher interest rate known as a penalty APR. The penalty APR represents your increased risk in the card issuer’s view – if you’ve missed one payment, you’re more likely to miss other payments.

You can be assessed a penalty APR for reasons other than missed payments, depending on your card issuer’s policy. Examples include returned payments, making charges past your credit limit, or defaulting/missing payments on a different account with the same card issuer.

Penalty APRs can be up to 29.99%, but may be lower depending on your card’s terms and your creditworthiness. Review the terms and conditions section of you…

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