Many people rely on credit to handle unexpected emergencies such as medical bills or a car breakdown. You may wish to have a revolving account available to be able to use when needed.
What is a revolving account? A revolving account establishes a maximum amount you can borrow, and whenever you pay back what you’ve borrowed, it becomes available for you to borrow again if needed. Examples of a revolving account include credit cards, a personal line of credit, or a home equity line of credit.
How Does a Revolving Account Work?
A revolving account has a credit limit that represents the amount available to use if needed. Once you have used all or part of the amount available on a revolving account, you can choose to pay back the entire balance the same month or pay for it over time. When you’ve used the full amount of your credit line, you’ll have to pay some of it back to be able to borrow again.
Your lender will bill you a minimum payment due each month. This is usually based on a percentage of the full balance owed. For most revolving accounts, you’ll also be charged interest on the amount that’s being financed if you don’t pay it all back right away. Your interest rate is stated on your credit card agreement or on your loan promissory note. Some credit cards charge zero percent interest for a stated amount of time. Read the fine print to make sure you understand what you’re agreeing to. There could be hidden fees such as an annual fee.
What Do You Need to Know About Revolving Credit?
A revolving account can give you the purchasing power to handle whatever comes up. As long as you handle it responsibly, it gives you a way to build a good credit history. To protect your credit, it’s very important to pay your payments on time every month. Setting up automatic payments can help you make sure you always pay on time and don’t hurt your credit by forgetting to make a payment. Whenever you can pay more than the minimum amount due.
It’s also important to stay within your credit limit. Ideally, you should try to avoid using more than 30 percent of your credit line. Using a higher percentage of your available credit can affect your credit score.
Being Proactive About Your Credit
Your credit report and credit score impact your ability to borrow money in the future, so it’s important to make sure that information about your loan accounts or credit cards is being reported accurately to the credit bureau. As many as 2 out of 3 people find an error on their credit reports. Misinformation can quickly bring down your credit score, and debt showing on your credit report that doesn’t belong to you could be a sign of identity theft.
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