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Sunday, November 01, 2009

What’s Next For Small Business Credit Cards?

business credit cardsDuring the past twelve months we have seen a paradigm shift in small business lending to say the least. Once a staple of the industry, small business credit cards are now a rare find. As previously reported on this blog, banks left and right have been terminating business cards; including Advanta, Chase, and Citi. Many cardholders have also complained about higher interest rates and lower credit limits.

What’s Next?
Although there is some dispute as to whether or not the recession is over, there’s no denying that economic conditions have significantly improved since last winter. According to the United States Commerce Department, the U.S. economy grew 3.5% during the third quarter. Positive GDP growth has also been reported by some other countries, with China
leading the way so far at 8.9%. If economic conditions continue to improve, we most likely will see business credit cards trickle back onto the market.

What Will Be Different?
It’s important to note that business cards are currently excluded from the Credit Card Reform Act of 2009. Therefore, it's possible we may experience the same "bait-n-switch" complaints on credit card deals in the future. That being said, due to increased scrutiny and regulation of the industry, these questionable practices will likely become far less common.

It is also likely that new cardholders won’t be granted high credit limits, at least initially. Before the economic turmoil erupted, many new customers were given extremely high limits; often in the tens of thousands of dollars. For now, it is unlikely we will see these same spending limits awarded to new accounts.

Furthermore, applicants with lower credit scores will probably not be approved. We may even see business credit card deals explicitly mention they are only seeking those with excellent credit profiles.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous pre paid credit cards said...

Thank you for this article. Very informative about credit cards. :)

Monday, November 09, 2009 1:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Business Money Today said...

Was worried about what issuers would do on the business cards given that they do not fall under the new rules - but, you ake a great point about current regulation and might help minimize bad tactics.

Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous first credit card said...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 3:30:00 AM  
Anonymous keerthi143 said...

America is facing slow growth of postive GDP and now days banks or not allowing business cards but there are some banks which provide business cards, Iam worried about american economy..

Saturday, August 07, 2010 3:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Michael Thorsett said...

As a small business owner, I do know it's gotten a bit more difficult to get new credit lines lately. I am surprised to learn that business credit cards are not covered under the reform that the government recently put into place -- you'd think they would treat all credit card accounts the same -- but I'm sure that business owners are (generally) more diligent about reading contracts they're about to enter into.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 3:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is a student supposed to open a business then?

Friday, September 17, 2010 8:15:00 PM  

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