What Are the Various Safety Features of Your Credit Card?

All of us are worried about any fraudulent activity on our credit cards. Obviously, nobody wants to pay for what they have not spent. While there is need to exercise caution, there is no need for paranoia about credit card transactions. The credit cards come with various security measures. Additionally, the Reserve Bank of India… Continue Reading

Buy Now Pay Later vs. Credit Cards

US Payment company Square recently acquired AfterPay, an Australian Buy Now Pay Later fintech firm, at an astonishing valuation of USD 29 billion. That is massive. By the way, Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) facility is getting popular in India too and e-tailers such as Amazon and Flipkart offer Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) schemes… Continue Reading

How Can You Use an Overdraft Facility Smartly?

Not all credit is bad. In this post, I will show how an overdraft facility can be useful in certain cases. What Is an Overdraft Facility? An overdraft facility is a revolving credit facility just like a credit card. You pay interest only on the drawn (utilized) amount. You can draw from the facility up… Continue Reading

No Credit History Does Not Mean Good Credit History

“I have never borrowed in my life. Hence, my credit score must be perfect. And the banks would line up to lend to me.” Quite the contrary. Firstly, no borrowing means no credit history. In absence of credit history, the banks will be in dark about your credit behaviour. They may not be comfortable lending… Continue Reading

Credit Card at 9% p.a.?

IDFC First Bank is launching credit cards where the borrowers will have to pay only 9% p.a. as Annual percentage rate (APR) or the interest rate. This comes as a healthy surprise since we are used to 36%-40% p.a. APR on credit card debt. If you are new to this terminology, 36% p.a. APR means… Continue Reading

Why No-Cost EMI Can’t Be for Longer Tenure?

Loan interest rates have been going down over the past 18 months. It is also evident in the examples that we use for various illustrations in our posts. Earlier, we used 9-10% p.a. for long term loans. Now, we use 7-8% p.a. in the illustrations. If you use Amazon or Flipkart, you would have noticed… Continue Reading

How a Virtual Credit or Debit Card Can Help?

I am a bit paranoid about using credit cards online. Therefore, I prefer to use wallets (such as PayTM) or UPI on new sites or the sites I do not trust much. A problem with this approach is that you cannot use wallets or UPI on international websites. In addition, there are a few minor… Continue Reading