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Old 07-20-2005, 07:01 PM   #1
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Finally....

Man, it's a good feeling again...

I have an MBNA Platinum Plus...$10 K limit, 9.99% flat APR for all transaction types....how does this rate on a scale 1 to 10 (1 = poor)?

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Old 07-20-2005, 07:24 PM   #2
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Finally....

Man, it's a good feeling again...

I have an MBNA Platinum Plus...$10 K limit, 9.99% flat APR for all transaction types....how does this rate on a scale 1 to 10 (1 = poor)?

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Finally....

Man, it's a good feeling again...

I have an MBNA Platinum Plus...$10 K limit, 9.99% flat APR for all transaction types....how does this rate on a scale 1 to 10 (1 = poor)?

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It rates a 10, but only if you never use it.... :P

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Old 07-20-2005, 08:12 PM   #5
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What would be a 10? Had no idea I was so far off!!!

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Well, of course, you should try for no debt, but if you need to take on debt, make it cheap. 0% balance transfers would be a good start. And usually you can get a line of credit that has a better APR than a regular credit card (I had a LOC when I was in college, so it can't be too hard to get).
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:59 PM   #7
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Well, of course, you should try for no debt, but if you need to take on debt, make it cheap.* *0% balance transfers would be a good start.* *And usually you can get a line of credit that has a better APR than a regular credit card (I had a LOC when I was in college, so it can't be too hard to get).
I hold lots of credit cards. Hardly a day goes by without receiving
promo offers at -0-, 1.99. 2.9, 3.9, 4.9 , 5.9% etc. Some are only for balance
transfers, but some are for anything at all, and some rates are locked as long as you
carry the balance. I had one today for 1.99% on the full credit line, locked until January, 2006, and no fees to access.

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Old 07-20-2005, 09:10 PM   #8
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I hold lots of credit cards.* Hardly a day goes by without receiving
promo offers at -0-, 1.99. 2.9, 3.9, 4.9 , 5.9%* etc.* Some are only for balance
transfers, but some are for anything at all, and some rates are locked as long as you
carry the balance.* I had one today for 1.99% on the full credit line, locked until January, 2006, and no fees to access.*

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What strategy are you using to leverage this? That's the motive ofmy question...I do I leverage in effect...a low interest loan? Should my strategy be to skip around vs being loyal? I've had my card for a decade now and have read that card hopping can be detrimental to your credit score--that being said, is this a credible statement in that it applies to those of us that have good credit and manage our incomes/spending well?
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What is this, the dave ramsey show?

I just closed a discover card (they are good for getting deals) and they offered to reopen it with 0% on purchases for 6 months. I bet if I called them back, I could get them up to 12 months, but really dont care. I pay my purchases off every month and you get better deals opening new accounts. I have a few balance transfers at 0% for 12 months that I am just putting in a money market account. I might open some more of these once I get comfortable with it. If you have an existing card, it isnt hard to get 0-2% transfer for 6 months (again, you probably can call and get extended). Maybe get them to waive the balance transfer fees.

Of course, if you have a consumer problem, dont bother. Not good to give wine to alcoholic....
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Man, it's a good feeling again...

I have an MBNA Platinum Plus...$10 K limit, 9.99% flat APR for all transaction types....how does this rate on a scale 1 to 10 (1 = poor)?

TD
Any credit card that is fee free and provides you with a reward for using it is a good one.* Oh, the interest rate?* Any rate will do because you should never pay interest. Therefore 9.99% or 25% is irrelevant.
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I hear you. I will never pay interest on a card again. That was $612 dollars down the drain!!!!

*off to eating tuna fish*
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http://www.cardratings.com/newmessageboardfr.html

is a good message board for questions.
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Any credit card that is fee free and provides you with a reward for using it is a good one.* Oh, the interest rate?* Any rate will do because you should never pay interest. Therefore 9.99% or 25% is irrelevant.
This is true except when you can take the CC money and make money
on their money. *Many ways to do that. *And then if you can get rewards
on top of it........sweet!

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What is this, the dave ramsey show?

I just closed a discover card (they are good for getting deals) and they offered to reopen it with 0% on purchases for 6 months. I bet if I called them back, I could get them up to 12 months, but really dont care. I pay my purchases off every month and you get better deals opening new accounts. I have a few balance transfers at 0% for 12 months that I am just putting in a money market account. I might open some more of these once I get comfortable with it. If you have an existing card, it isnt hard to get 0-2% transfer for 6 months (again, you probably can call and get extended). Maybe get them to waive the balance transfer fees.

Of course, if you have a consumer problem, dont bother. Not good to give wine to alcoholic....
I've been called with these offers and have the "deal" sweetened twice
without my even asking. I just turn it down or hesitate and they
say "Well, we can also offer.....". The other day, I just said "Okay, tell
me everything you can offer me and then I will choose one."

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What strategy are you using to leverage this?* That's the motive ofmy question...I do I leverage in effect...a low interest loan?* Should my strategy be to skip around vs being loyal?* I've had my card for a decade now and have read that card hopping can be detrimental to your credit score--that being said, is this a credible statement in that it applies to those of us that have good credit and manage our incomes/spending well?
"loyal" ? We're talking money and business here. I might be loyal to my
cousin who sells insurance, or my daughter the stockbroker. The credit
card companies have to compete constantly for my business. As long as
I am a desirable customer they either give me what I want or I drop them like
a hot rock.

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What strategy are you using to leverage this? That's the motive ofmy question...I do I leverage in effect...a low interest loan? Should my strategy be to skip around vs being loyal? I've had my card for a decade now and have read that card hopping can be detrimental to your credit score--that being said, is this a credible statement in that it applies to those of us that have good credit and manage our incomes/spending well?
Allegedly a long history with a card helps your credit score, but hey, keep the account and just transfer the balance to the lowest bidder. You don't have to close it.
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Allegedly a long history with a card helps your credit score, but hey, keep the account and just transfer the balance to the lowest bidder.* You don't have to close it.
Yes, but don't you need to be concerned about having too many open accounts?
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If you have too much available credit, that can ding your FICO score also along with a too high debt to available credit ratio. I have found that keeping the older credit cards without a balance open is better for my FICO score than keeping newer ones open.

A few years ago I opened a few '0 interest for 1 year' accounts to do some improvements on my house. When I paid them off, my available credit was too high and my FICO score dropped about 30 points. After closing those newer accounts, my score went back up.



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Allegedly is the key word. I dont know if the scoring is known for sure and varies. There is a lot little tricks and ways to improve your score (do a search in the fool.com or msn.com). Like keeping your oldest account open, etc. Opening a new account probably drops your score a few points for a few months. I think the biggest thing is not to have anytthing negative like late payements, etc. that will make it harder.
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My MBNA visa gift card just came in the mail today... $150 in free money simply for applying (and using) a credit card. Lovely. The $100 from Sony was nice too... as well as the $100 in gift cards from Citi....

I really don't care about my FICO score at this point- $350 in free money is worth a few dings.... and even then, I have only lost 3 points.

Free money is my favorite kind.
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