Comments on: Credit card datapoint of the day http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: James http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-3876 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:15:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-3876 Really? Everyone I know chooses cards solely based on the rewards they offer. You know why? BECAUSE WE PAY OUR FUCKING BILLS! I know, it’s a novel concept.

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By: Griff http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-3118 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 14:54:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-3118 Possessing or using a credit card in the US should be a privilege, not a right. Exercise a lot more caution in the future…because first and foremost bankers are NOT your friend.

Bankers do not lend lest they earn a profit. I don’t care who the credit is, good or bad, that is always rule # 1. And like ‘Fight Club’ rule # 2 is same as # 1.

Wahh, I hate banks. Then don’t use the flipping cards, or open a credit union acct and you won’t get gouged in the eye with fees.

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By: Jon H http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-3080 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:59:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-3080 “They don’t (although they should) choose a card based on which one has the lowest penalty APR. And as a result, banks can ratchet up those penalty APRs to eye-watering levels, and make lots of extra money, without worrying about losing market share.”

Not like the terms ever stay the same. They’ll ratchet up the penalty APRs no matter what terms they sell you on at the start.

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By: KenG http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-3079 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:56:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-3079 Of course the banks are going to use any excuse possible to charge higher than justifiable interest rates on credit cards, they need that revenue to offset the losses from the incompetent mistakes they make. And then they need to pay execs huge bonuses, because it’s hard to find people who are sociopathic enough to charge usurious rates without caring about how their unsustainable business model will ultimately fail, long after they have left the bank, bonuses intact.

It makes me re-think the idea that the country couldn’t have afforded to let the big banks fail. How much more discomfort and dislocation would have been caused than we are currently experiencing if the equity of BofA, Citi, and all of those other mismanaged banks would have been erased?

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By: Sandrew http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-3072 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 17:42:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/23/credit-card-datapoint-of-the-day/#comment-3072 This marks the second occasion today that I’ve seen a line chart that would be much more readable as a bar chart, or better yet, a table.

Rule of Thumb: If the x-axis is a category (like, say, gender) as opposed to something quantifiable (like, say, time), do not use a line chart. [Note: There’s good reason to hate line charts even for quantifiable variables because all they do is promote the silly notion that linear interpolation of the data is appropriate, which it almost always isn’t… and certainly never is the case with categories!]

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