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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.

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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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FBN Holdings Confirms Otedola as Shareholder with 5.07% Stake

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By Dipo Olowookere

Mr Femi Otedola now controls a 5.07 per cent stake in FBN Holdings Plc, the company has confirmed.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the financial institution said it was not aware of the businessman being a major investor in the organisation.

There were reports a day earlier that the former Chairman of the defunct Forte Oil Plc was now the single largest shareholder of the firm, which owns First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

“The attention of FBN Holdings Plc has been drawn to media reports today, October 22, 2021, purporting that a certain individual has acquired a significant shareholding interest in FBN Holdings Plc, therefore, making him the majority shareholder in the company.

“As a listed company, the shares of FBN Holdings Plc are publicly traded, and sale and acquisition of shares is expected in the normal course of business. We operate in a regulated environment, which requires notification of significant shareholding by shareholders to the company, where shares are held in different vehicles, further to which the company will notify the regulators and the public as appropriate.

“The company is yet to receive any notification from the individual mentioned in the media report, of such acquisitions.

“FBN Holdings Plc will always notify the appropriate agencies and authorities whenever it receives any notice of significant shareholding by the shareholders and the company’s registrars,” the statement released by the firm on Friday had stated.

But today, the company issued another statement, informing the investing public that Mr Otedola now owns 5.07 per cent of the company’s equities. This is coming after it was reported that he acquired N30 billion worth of FBN Holdings stocks on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited.

The financial institution said it received a notification today concerning this development.

“We refer to our communication to the market dated October 22, 2021, on the above subject wherein we stated that we would inform the public of any substantial acquisition, upon receipt of notification from the shareholder.

“This morning, October 23, 2021, FBN Holdings Plc received a notification from APT Securities and Funds Limited, that their client, Mr Otedola Olufemi Peter, and his nominee, Calvados Global Services Limited, have acquired a total of 1,818,551,625 units of shares from the company’s issued share capital of 35,895,292,791.

“Based on the foregoing, the equity stake of Mr Otedola Olufemi Peter and his nominee in the company is now 5.07 per cent,” the disclosure said.

Business Post reports that with this development, Mr Otedola will likely have one of two persons on the board of FBN Holdings to represent his interest. A change in the board of directors of FBN Holdings is likely to happen in the coming days, weeks or months.

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Buhari to Finally Launch eNaira October 25

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By Dipo Olowookere

On Monday, October 25, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari will formally launch eNaira, the much-awaited electronic Naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria has confirmed.

The digital legal tender for the country introduced by the CBN was initially scheduled for launch on October 1, 2021, but was shelved.

According to the apex bank, the botched introduction was a result of activities clashing with the event and in order not to let other events overshadow the eNaira launch, it was postponed indefinitely.

But on Saturday, the CBN announced next Monday as the new date for the introduction of the electronic currency under the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

A statement issued by the Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, disclosed that Mr Buhari will perform the formal launch at the State House in Abuja.

It was stated that after the event by the President, the eNaira, which has the theme Same Naira, more possibilities, will become available to Nigerians to use as it would be activated.

The CBN said a structure has been put in place to promptly address any issue that might arise from the pilot implementation of the eNaira, with room for further engagement with “various stakeholders.”

The bank said “the eNaira is a culmination of several years of research work” in advancing the “boundaries of the payments system in order to make financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society.”

According to the central bank, it had robust discussions with “the banking community, fintech operators, merchants and indeed, a cross-section of Nigerians” concerning the eNaira and said it was satisfied with the outcome of the talks, stressing that the eNaira “marks a major step forward in the evolution of money” and would ensure that the digital currency, “like the physical Naira, is accessible by everyone.”

“Given that the eNaira is a journey, the unveiling marks the first step in that journey, which will continue with a series of further modifications, capabilities and enhancements to the platforms.

“The CBN will continue to work with relevant partners to ensure a seamless process that will benefit every user, particularly those in the rural areas and the unbanked population,” it added.

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Friesland Drowns Unlisted Securities Market by 0.33%

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed in the negative territory at the last trading session of the week on Friday by 0.33 per cent.

It was the first time the market was closing bearish this week and this drowning of the unlisted securities market yesterday was caused by a decline in the equity price of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc. The price of Friesland went down by 6.7 per cent or N8 to settle at N120.00 per share in contrast to N128.00 per share of the last session.

As a result, the market capitalisation of the exchange dropped N2.04 billion to close the day at N617.59 billion in contrast to N619.63 billion it finished on Thursday.

In the same vein, the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) depreciated by 2.47 points to wrap the session at 747.53 points compared with 750.00 points of the previous session.

Despite the loss recorded yesterday, two securities closed in the positive region led by Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc, which rose by N1.15 or 6.4 per cent to close at N17.95 per unit versus the previous N16.80 per unit.

Also, NASD Plc appreciated during the session by 5 kobo or 0.37 per cent to quote at N13.70 per share as against the N13.65 per share it traded at the preceding session.

At the market on Friday, a total of 292,000 units of securities were transacted by investors in contrast to the 209,300 units of securities transacted at the previous session, indicating a rise of 6.1 per cent.

Equally, the value of shares exchanged by the market participants went up by 14.7 per cent to N4.9 million from N4.3 million recorded at the previous session.

These transactions were carried out in five deals, 16.7 per cent lower than the six deals carried out at the preceding session.

Food Concepts Plc was the most active stock by volume (year-to-date) as it has traded 11.4 billion units of its shares for N14.4 billion. Lighthouse Financial Services Plc occupied the second spot as it has traded 1.1 billion valued at N546.1 million, while Geo Fluids Plc took third place with 1.0 billion units worth N700 million.

In terms of value, Food Concepts Plc also topped the chart with 11.4 million units traded for N14.4 billion, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc remained in the second spot with 456.4 million units valued at N9.2 billion, while VFD Group Plc maintained the third spot with 10.4 million units valued at N3.5 billion.

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