Banks have increased the rates on credit cards!

George Mathew & Swarup Chakraborty of Indian Express Mumbai have done the following story:

At a time when banks are slashing home loan and other lending rates, they are quietly hiking the interest rates on credit card outstandings.

Since October 2008 banks have raised interest rates on credit cards, some by over 4 per cent per annum. The interest charges of leading card issuer SBI Cards, have gone up to 3.35 per cent interest per month, or 40.2 per cent per annum, on roll-over credit. In October 2008, it used to charge 3.10 per cent per month, or 37.8 per cent per annum, as finance charges.Standard Chartered Bank has hiked the interest rate to 3.49 per cent per month, or 41.88 per cent per annum, this month as against 3.40 per cent per month, or 40.80 per cent per annum earlier.

Citibank too raised the rates and 3.5 per cent per month (37.8-42 per cent per annum) from around 3.10 per cent as finance charges.”
My story starts here: the charges are on a monthly basis WITH MONTHLY COMPOUNDING – the interest charged per month figure is correct, but the per annum rates are WRONG.
Here is how it looks:

SBI – was charging 44% per annum, now it is charging 48% per annum
Standard Chartered bank was charging 48.49 …now it is 49.36% per annum
Citibank was charging 44.24% …now it is 51.11%
So the increase is a reasonable 4% by SBI and 7% by Citibank.
ey guys at RBI….why is the Anglo Saxon continuing to milk us?

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3 Responses to “Banks have increased the rates on credit cards!”

  1. Ravinder Makhaik on April 12th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    How else would you expect the Citi guy’s to dissolve the toxic assets it has on hands but by smiling and robbing the most gullible customer.

  2. gullible? why are you being so liberal? Most of these guys have money but funnily no ability to think about money.

    it is not the fault of the pit digger that so many people fall into it…

  3. Dr Mohammed Ali Khan on August 22nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    This entire credit card business is a scam..
    The interest rates charged are astronomical
    As far as possible I use cash or my debit card for purchases..
    Only the internet has made credit cards unavoidable.. Most of the sites only accept credit card as payment..So I have a credit card but usually safely locked inside my cabinet locker.. Not in my purse. And I do some small purchases just to keep the card active..

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