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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Looking back to the past 2007, we must acknowledge the fact that credit industry had hard times. The sub-prime mortgage crisis has influenced the U.S. economy greatly, and credit experts are not so optimistic about the situation in credit card market.

The point is, credit card delinquencies are up sharply. The nationwide lenders report about increases of 50% in the accounts that were 90 days delinquent. This figure is much higher compared with the same period last year. So, what should we expect from creditors in the year of 2008?

The credit card landscape is constantly changing. For better or worse - it mostly depends on the economic situation in the country. In the light of the recent mortgage mess, we can't help but feel the spill-over effects of the credit card crunch on our plastics.

Experts on credit risk share the opinion that debt will gradually leak into other areas as well. Meaning, credit card industry is exposed to credit delinquencies that may result in revenue losses. And now that Christmas holidays are over, we can see the signs of the financial recession.

It's not news in view of the fact that January is probably the busiest month for borrowers and lenders. While cardholders try to get rid of heavy credit debts, lenders try to recoup possible losses.

The most vulnerable credit users are those who have experienced troubles with mortgage loans, and thus cannot handle credit card debts. As a result, they have to deal with late charges and skyrocketing credit rates.

Such credit card struggles may last for many years, as it becomes more difficult to manage the growing credit debt. Though credit card business is believed to be one of the most profitable ones, creditors prefer to deal with reliable customers. Thus, we may expect that lenders won't grant credit cards to every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

Besides, lenders are highly concerned about financial literacy of their customers. Credit card education is on the rise. Really, many cardholders especially those who start building their credit history, are not aware of some credit card rules and regulations. And creditors plan to introduce more financial education programs and user-friendly online tools.

However, there were some positive changes in the world of credit cards in the past year. Some creditors had to waive confusing credit practices like universal default and interest hikes based on the credit score. So, analysts predict credit card deals with better credit terms, especially for diligent credit users.

Unfortunately, there's no good news for people with spotty credit histories. This year, creditors seem to be extremely choosy when it comes to such cardholders. Most obviously, they set higher credit qualifying requirements. And this means that the amount of credit card rejections may rise sharply.

Anyway, creditors will keep on pampering their well-off clients with various credit perks. The competition between credit card companies is still very immense. So, we may expect to make credit card deals with beneficial terms and options. It's not so bad after all.

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