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Understanding Credit

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  1. Understanding Credit

  2. What is Credit? Credit- when goods, services or money is received in exchange for a promise to pay a definite sum of money at a future date Credit is derived from the Latin word “credo” meaning “I believe” Brainstorm! Why would a person want to use credit?

  3. Obtaining Credit Lender determines whether to grant the borrower credit based on the borrower’sperceived creditworthiness (an individuals ability and willingness to pay the money back) Borrower requests to receive credit from a lender (person or organization who has the resources to provide the borrower money) Borrower (person or organization that is receiving the money) is in need of credit Why would a lender assess a borrower’s creditworthiness before granting credit?

  4. How does a Lender Decide to Grant Credit? Four C’s of Creditworthiness 1. Character 2. Capacity 3. Capital 4. Collateral

  5. Types of Credit • Installment Loans Examples: • Mortgage Loans • Car Purchase Loans • Student Loans • Revolving Credit Example: • Credit Cards

  6. Paying Back Credit Borrower is usually expected to pay interest (the price of money) in addition to the money borrowed Depending on the type of credit, money is paid back in a series of equal or unequal payments If approved for credit, the borrower will receive money from the lender Why would a lender charge a borrower interest?

  7. What is a Credit Card? Pre-approved credit which can be used for the purchase of goods and services now and payment of them later • Cardholders may continue to borrow as long as the credit limit (maximum dollar amount loaned) is not exceeded A credit cards credit limit varies based upon the cardholder’s perceived creditworthiness

  8. Credit Card Interest • Rate at which interest is charged is referred to as: • Annual Percentage Rate (APR) • The cost of credit expressed as • a yearly interest rate Interest is charged each month the balance is not paid in full

  9. Minimum Payments • Required to make at least a minimum payment each month • Usually only a small percentage (2.5-5%) of the total balance due • Cardholders who only make the minimum payment: • Make slow progress paying off card balance • Pay substantially more than what was initially charged to the card

  10. Minimum Payments What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a credit card? Brainstorm!

  11. Advantages & Disadvantages to using Credit Cards • Convenient payment tool • Useful for emergencies • Often required to hold a reservation • Able to purchase “big ticket” items and spread out payments • Protection against fraud • Opportunity to establish a positive credit history • Online shopping is safer than using a debit card • Possibility of receiving bonuses • Interest can be costly when a balance is revolved • Additional penalty fees may apply • Tempting to overspend • Risk of identity theft • Responsible for lost/stolen cards • Applying for multiple accounts in a short period of time can lower your credit score