Know your Credit Card Terms

By: Devin Gilliland

Receipt - When used in the context of receipt means a document that provides a record of a transaction that took place at a point of sale, and may also refer to a printable copy for a card not present transaction. This will include transactional details, details of the buyer. The date, amount and a reference number will also be present.

Recurring Bill - This refers to a transaction where by the merchant is granted permission by the card holder, to periodically charge their credit card or debit card for service or goods that they will render on a monthly or perhaps a yearly basis.

Reference Number - This is a number that is assigned to every transaction for the purpose of being identifiable to the buyer, the merchant bank, the merchant and potentially other stakeholders that are party to the transaction. This will be printed in a monthly statement, allowing a credit card holder to easily distinguish between transactions should they wish to, or have cause to raise issues.

Refund - When a or debit card holder has funds credited to their account, which can be a result of an error, a return or any other factor that results in their account being credited to provide a return to status quo.

Retail Merchant - A merchant that provides goods rather than services, whilst operating in the consumer retail sector, and processing card present, as a pose to card not present transactions.

Sales Draft - A hard copy that offers evidence that goods/services were purchased by the cardholder.

Secured Credit Cards - Secured credit cards are credit cards where by a persons or businesses assets are directly transferable should they fail to honour payment schedules that are put in place. This is generally where a person has a poor credit history or fail to pass a credit check or pose too much of a risk to a organization to be given credit terms. Assets can be in the form of shares in a business, a home or a car for example.

Service Charge - This is charge that can be a component of financial organizations pricing. This is generally a fixed one-time fee rather than a yearly or monthly cost. Many argue that a service charge can result in lower costs in the long-term, because you are not asked to burden this cost accumulatively

Settlement - Settlement, when used in the context of credit cards, refers to the activity of buying and selling, that occurs within the market place for transactions with credit cards. Acquirers, merchants, card-issuing companies and processors all play a role.

Settlement Bank - This is an organization, which will generally be a member of relevant financial bodies and is based within their customer's legal territory. They will be authorized to handle transactions and interchange for of and on behalf of banks.

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