How Do Banks Make Money on Credit Cards?

You do not pay any interest during the interest-free period on the credit card. But the bank cannot afford to lend you money for free. The bank must be compensated — two major ways and a few minor ways. High Interest on Unpaid Amount First, when you do not pay your bill on time, the… Continue Reading

Game over for BNPL?

If you use BNPL (Buy Now, Pay Later) service or cards from Slice or Uni Pay, this development will interest you. BNPL has emerged as a competitor to credit cards. Easy onboarding. Seamless and convenient process. Easy repayment terms. Instant credit. Who needs a credit card? However, RBI, in its latest notification to non-bank PPI… Continue Reading

Make UPI Payment Using Your Credit Card Soon

In the monetary policy announcement on June 8, 2022, the Reserve Bank hiked the repo rate by 0.5%. Bad news for borrowers. The interest on floating rate home loans would soon go up. Either the EMI or the loan tenure will go unless you part prepay your loan. Apart from the rate hike, the Reserve… 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

ICICI Bank PayLater Account: Combine UPI and Credit

UPI transactions have boomed over the last couple of years and are giving serious competition to credit/debit cards and net banking in online transactions. The only problem is that you cannot make UPI payments on credit. i.e., the money gets debited from your savings bank account. You must have the money in our bank account… Continue Reading

Reducing the Impact of a Credit Card Fraud

Online frauds are on the rise. Almost on a weekly basis, I hear new ways of customers being duped of their hard-earned money. Of late, the UPI frauds have been on the rise, where the fraudsters call/text you on one pretext or the other. You eventually end up installing malicious software on your phone or… Continue Reading