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Credit Card Policies Unfair? Tell the Fed.

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The Federal Reserve Bank issued a proposal this past May to:

prohibit unfair practices regarding credit cards and overdraft services that would, among other provisions, protect consumers from unexpected increases in the rate charged on pre-existing credit card balances

For a limited time, you can add your opinion to this proposal (scroll down and click “Submit Comment” below Regulation AA). You can also look through the existing comments — all 10,000 of them — if you’re feeling bored.

Updated May 26, 2009 and originally published July 8, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Smithee formerly lived primarily on credit cards and the good will of his friends. He is a newbie to personal finance but quickly learning from his past mistakes. You can follow him on Twitter, where his user name is @SmitheeConsumer. View all articles by .

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avatar Anon

When I worked at the Fed, I remember proofing a number of articles about credit cards and their policies and whether people read the information that came in their statements, so it’s interesting to hear about this.

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avatar Fred

Oh man, the Fed comments display everyone’s full names and addresses. Somebody really slipped up there.

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avatar Tim

or just don’t use them or pay them off every month

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avatar Mavi

During the Carter administration, the interest rates went up to 18%, while the credit card companies were charging only 5%. The credit card companies complained to the government and they were allowed to charge more interest and were given a free ride ever since. Why is it that nobody complains that the credit card companies’ interests are not going along with the interest rates at the present time? I think we should all start complaining and writing to our representatives so the abuse by the credit card companies stops.

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avatar Steven St. John

I agree with Tim to stop using CC’s ,however, easier said then done in crunch. Look, we are in unprecedented times when it comes to corruption and usury in the financial world. Wall Street basically screwed everyone and then held the government/taxpayer for ransom. We bailed these suckers out and now they are RAISING interest rates, cutting credit lines. This company, sorry, COUNTRY , runs on credit and without it we would not be able to function. Please tell me how when the median individual gross income in this country is 42K, and avg take home is 65% of that with a median home price is 2-300K?? How do we pay for this now?? Answer is credit. Maybe capitalism is not the say all do all system. Maybe Martin Luther King had it right when he said suggested something along the lines of a capitalism / communism hybrid is closer to the mark for personal and collective human achievement. (off course he put it more eloquently than me here). I personally feel we should let the financial system crash and burn and die. This will serve to allow something better to emerge form the ashes.

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