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Things You Need to Know Before Applying for your First Kredittkort (Credit Card)

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Deciding to get a credit card or Kredittkort as it is called in Norwegian is a big financial decision. Hence, it isn’t something that you should do without having ample knowledge about these financial items.

Therefore, in this article, we will share with you some important things you need to know to enable you to get the beste kredittkort (best credit card) that is just right for you.

Let’s get started…

1. As a beginner you might not get the beste kredittkort

You shouldn’t expect to get the beste kredittkort that offers rich benefits, long periods of 0% interest, or great sign-up bonuses. Such products are only given to applicants who have acquired at least a credit score of 690 upward as well as those with a very long credit history with a certain required income level.

In most cases, when you go for your first card, what you will get is a low product that is designed for folks that have no or a low credit score. While this might sound disappointing, such products tend to provide great rewards, and annual fees aren’t charged.

2. You could build or ruin your credit with your first kredittkort

Apart from the fact that getting one of these products allows you to make everyday purchases, a not too well-known reason for getting one is that it is a great way to improve your credit. Interestingly, you could end up ruining it if you don’t exercise caution.

Once you pick up plastic money, your kredittkort activity will be reported to credit bureaus. In the report, it will be stated if you paid your money on time as well as the credit you made use of so far.

Therefore, to ensure that your activity keeps you in good graces, do not max out your plastic. Always ensure that you make full payments and make them on time. You should also keep below the limit of your credit; about less than 30% is the recommended percentage.

Monitoring your kreditt (credit) scores will help you know your standing. Hence, you can easily make adjustments if you discover that you are moving towards the wrong side of the credit line.

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3. Making a security deposit helps in obtaining a kredittkort

Sometimes first-timers can find it difficult to get their credit cards because they don’t have any credit. To hack this problem, you can opt for a secured kredittkort. These plastics are specially made for folks who have no kreditt or have damaged their existing kreditt.

All you need to do is make a cash deposit, then your deposit becomes your credit limit. The deposit amount is dependent on the type of plastic you want to get. However, the minimum amount range that you can deposit is $200 to $500. You could choose to deposit above that range if you want your credit to be higher.

You still need to be careful though as you could lose your deposit if you fail on your payments. But if your payments are always on time and you don’t spend your entire card’s credit but remain the percentage we mentioned earlier, you will be able to build up your kreditt within some months.

When that happens, your issuer can choose to upgrade your account and issue you an unsecured card. Alternatively, when you notice that you’ve been able to build good credit, you can apply for one yourself. Then you can then have the secured card closed. Whichever happens, you will get your initial deposit back.

4. You can avoid kredittkort fees

This is something not many know about; however, you can avoid these fees if you don’t have existing credit. This is because a lot of beginner cards are free from annual charges. Hence, that is one fee you don’t have to worry about.

Furthermore, you don’t need to bother about late fees if you make your payments on time. If you won’t be using plastic in a foreign country, then foreign transaction fees wouldn’t be a bother either. Cash advances and balance transfers fees can be avoided if you don’t carry out these transactions.

Although over-limit fees are practically extinct, you shouldn’t go over your kreditt limit as a result. You can be protected from over-limit fees if you don’t choose the protection for over-limit. This protection allows your charges to be covered by your issuer when you are over your limit. Moreover, if you spend below your limit, you don’t have to worry about this fee even if you opt for the protection.

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5. You can avoid interests

That sounds like the single most absurd statement as far as credit for most folks is concerned. However, it is entirely true. What is the trick? Well, all you need to do is make sure that the bill on your plastic for every month is paid in full. Once you do, you activate the grace period.

The grace period prevents the accruement of interests on new buys. This lasts until your next payment date. Once the next date is due again, simply pay the full bill again and keep the cycle flowing.

Interest is accrued on new buys immediately once you fail to complete full payment of your bill. This is apart from the interest you pay on the existing balance from the previous month.

6. The fees and rates can be known before you apply

Issuers are mandated by federal law to reveal some terms which include fees and rates to potential customers before they apply. You can find these fees and rates in a Schumer box on the issuer’s online application page or an enclosed slip in paper applications.

Some of the contents included in the Schumer box are the card’s annual fees, the APR, foreign transaction fees, late fees, etc. Visit https://bettermoneyhabits.bankofamerica.com/en/credit/what-is-apr to learn more about APRs

While these will be revealed to you before you apply, other information will be disclosed after you have applied and have been approved. One of such is your kreditt limit.

7. You are allowed to pay above the minimum

Many have fallen into this “trap” innocently because of the minimum payment due that is usually displayed on kredittkort statements. Hence, many have come to think that just paying less is something that can and should be done rather than paying more. Nevertheless, if you choose to pay less, then you will end up paying a lot more later.

Paying the minimum simply means that the interest, fees (if there’s any), and a bit of the balance of the last month are covered. Hence, making such a payment means you haven’t upset your credit. Therefore, if you continue in this pattern, it could indeed negatively affect your credit.

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8. Handling kredittkort fraud is quite easy

Compared to debit cards, handling frauds on kredittkort is much easier thanks to the protection these plastics offer. Allow us to explain…

If your card gets used by crooks, you don’t have to worry much about it because it is not your money in the actual sense but that of the credit card company. Hence, you can resolve the issue almost immediately.

Also, thanks to federal law, the low liability policies of most issues protect you from having to pay for card purchases that weren’t done by you.

Furthermore, you can easily get a replacement plastic by simply informing your issuer about the fraud. When you do this, they are obligated to cancel that compromised card and send you another one that has a new number. Hence, the fraudsters will not be able to use the old one.

9. Paying late is costly

When you make late payments, it will affect you in the following ways:

  1. You will be charged late fees.
  2. You might be charged penalty APRs.

iii. Your kreditt will be affected especially if it is 30 days late or more.

Conclusion

In the article above, we’ve shared with you the important things you need to know before getting a credit card. With this information, you can walk to any issuer and get the very best.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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BUA Cement Pulls Down Stock Exchange by 0.70%

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By Dipo Olowookere

The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited depreciated by 0.70 per cent on Friday on the back of a decline in the share prices of BUA Cement and 23 others as investors sold off the stocks to book profit as they weigh their options.

As a result, the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased by 350.53 points to settle at 49,664.07 points compared with the previous day’s value of 50,014.60 points. Also, the market capitalisation fell by N189 billion to close at N26.787 trillion in contrast to N26.976 trillion on Thursday.

Business Post reports that the industrial goods sector suffered the heaviest loss on Thursday, depreciating by 4.61 per cent and was trailed by the banking counter, which lost 0.19 per cent as the energy space deflated by 0.16 per cent.

However, the consumer goods sector appreciated by 2.82 per cent influenced by gains in the share price of BUA Foods, while the insurance sector gained 1.75 per cent.

BUA Cement lost 9.95 per cent to trade at N52.95, Chams fell by 9.68 per cent to 28 Kobo, Cutix depreciated by 8.89 per cent to N2.05, Ellah Lakes went down by 6.98 per cent to N4.00, while Unity Bank declined by 6.52 per cent to 43 Kobo.

Conversely, BUA Foods topped the gainers’ log after rising by 10.00 per cent to N59.95, NEM Insurance appreciated by 9.98 per cent to N4.41, Courteville expanded by 9.80 per cent to 56 Kobo, Ikeja Hotel rose by 9.48 per cent to N1.27, while Multiverse improved by 8.44 per cent to N2.44.

During the session, investors bought and sold 750.3 million equities worth N5.3 billion in 4,076 deals compared with the 133.6 million equities worth N2.4 billion transacted in 4,292 deals in the earlier trading day, representing a decline in the number of deals by 5.03 per cent and an increase in the trading volume and value by 461.63 per cent and 117.72 per cent respectively.

Capital Hotels was the busiest stock of the session as it sold 478.2 million units valued at N3.4 billion and was trailed by eTranzact, which sold 77.6 million units worth N176.9 million.

Coronation Insurance exchanged 37.1 million units worth N14.9 million, FBN Holdings traded 30.5 million units for N333.2 million, while UBA traded 13.2 million units valued at N92.7 million.

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Naira Gains, Sells N691/$1 at P2P, N677/$1 at Black Market

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira appreciated at the Peer-to-Peer (P2P), Investors and Exporters (I&E) and the parallel market windows of the foreign exchange (FX) market on Friday on the back of an improvement in the supply of forex to the financial markets by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The Nigerian currency gained N5 or 0.72 per cent against the United States currency during the trading day to settle at N691/$1 in contrast to the previous session’s value of N696/$1.

Also, in the official market segment, the local currency appreciated by 63 Kobo or 0.15 per cent against the Dollar to close at N429.62/$1 versus Thursday’s exchange rate of N430.25/$1.

It was a similar outcome in the black market, where the domestic currency was strengthened against the greenback during the session byN3 or 0.44 per cent to quote at N677/$1 compared with the previous day’s value of N680/$1.

In the interbank segment of the market, the Naira, however, maintained stability against the British Pound Sterling and the Euro at N513.10/£1 and N433.78/€1 respectively.

Data from FMDQ Securities Exchange showed that on Friday, the value of FX at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Fixing (NAFEX) went down by 20.7 per cent or $12.06 million to $46.31 million from $58.37 million and this helped the strengthening of the Naira at the I&E at the close of business.

Meanwhile, the digital currency market was bullished during the session as nine of the 10 coins tracked by Business Post pointed northwards, with the US Dollar Tether (USDT) closing flat at $1.00.

Solana (SOL) recorded the highest gain of 10.7 per cent to sell at $47.70, Cardano (ADA) grew by 6.4 per cent to trade at $0.5639, Ethereum (ETH) went up by 6.1 per cent to $2,004.73, while Litecoin (LTC) surged by 4.3 per cent to trade at $64.31.

Further, Dogecoin (DOGE) increased by 4.2 per cent to $0.0739, Shiba Inu (SHIB) appreciated by 3.1 per cent to $0.00001272, Bitcoin (BTC) added 2.9 per cent to quote at $24,670.19, Ripple (XRP) recorded a 1.8 per cent rise to trade at $0.3833, while Binance Coin (BNB) rose by 1.5 per cent to sell for $328.85.

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Unlisted Securities Market Bleeds as NDEP Stocks Fall

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc opened the door for the bears to penetrate the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange on Friday.

The unlisted securities market bled by 0.41 per cent on the last trading session of the week as a result of the decline in the share price of NDEP.

Consequently, the market capitalisation of the bourse shrank by N4.08 billion to N1.003 trillion from N1.007 trillion, while the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) dropped 3.1 basis points to end the day at 762.18 points as against 765.28 points it recorded in the previous session.

Data from the exchange indicated that the stock price of the oil and gas investment company depleted by N22.5 during the session to N209.84 per unit from the previous N232.24 per unit.

It was also observed that the volume of securities traded at the bourse on Friday reduced by 45.5 per cent to 60,475 units from 111,021 units, while the value of trades increased 179.0 per cent to N7.5 million from N2.7 million, with the number of deals increasing by 44.4 per cent to 13 deals from the nine deals carried out a day earlier.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc remained the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, while Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc stood in second place with the sale of 686.5 million units worth N14.2 billion, with Food Concepts Plc in third place with the sake of 147.8 million units valued at N128.4 million.

The most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis was still CSCS Plc with a turnover of 686.5 million units exchanged for N14.2 billion, while VFD Group Plc was in second place with the sale of 11.1 million units valued at N3.3 billion, with FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc in third place with a turnover of 13.9 million units valued at N1.7 billion.

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