Big banks raise credit card fees ahead of law

Big banks are trying to beat the new Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, which means more bad news for big bank credit card holders, according to the Washington Post:

Chase, for instance, will raise the minimum payment required of some of its customers from 2 percent to 5 percent of the statement balance starting in August. Chase and Discover have increased the maximum fee charged for transferring a balance to the card to 5 percent of the amount, up from 3 and 4 percent, respectively. Bank of America last month raised the transaction fee for balance transfers and cash advances from 3 to 4 percent. Card issuers including Bank of America and Citi also continue to cut limits and hike up rates, which they have been doing with more frequency since January.

Banks blame everything from decreasing credit scores to the “additional increases in the cost of credit.”

Some in Congress are fighting the rate and fee hikes, so stay tuned.

…and just a note, American 1 doesn’t charge for balance transfers.

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