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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Plain Vanilla Discover More Card Now The #1 Credit Card @

Plain Vanilla Discover More Card Now The #1 Credit Card at the websiteBased solely on the number of applications submitted via this website, the plain vanilla (or "classic") Discover More Card is now the most popular credit card we recommend, knocking the Discover More Black Card to second place. Why are visitors more interested in the plain vanilla card when they could choose the Black Card, or the Discover More $100 CashBack Bonus card? Simple: the classic More Card is now offering the best 0% balance transfer deal: 0% intro APR on transferred balances for 18 months. Here's how these cards look right now, from a 0% intro APR point of view:

Discover More Card (plain vanilla):
  • 0% intro APR on transferred balances for 18 months
  • 0% intro APR on new purchases for 6 months

Discover More Black Card:
  • 0% intro APR on transferred balances for 12 months
  • 0% intro APR on new purchases for 12 months

Discover More Card with $100 CashBack Bonus:
  • 0% intro APR on transferred balances for 12 months
  • 0% intro APR on new purchases for 6 months

It seems that the 18 month interest-free period being offered by the plain vanilla More Card is just too attractive a deal to pass up. Godspeed to all applicants.

In general, the rate of application approvals is still improving, albeit at a very moderate clip. We'd like to see credit-card banks approve a lot more applications, especially since American credit-card banks are doing OK these days, and because they have the implicit support of the federal government. Banks are healthy, and they should be willing and able to take more risks. Banks have been able to borrow at 0% - 0.25% and lend at much higher rates, like the rates consumers pay on credit cards. And the easy money isn't going to end any time soon. The Fed is going to keep the target fed funds rate at near zero for as long as it takes to get the economy growing fast enough to bring the unemployment rate down, no doubt.

More evidence of improving credit-card units at big banks, from reports of third-quarter performance. From Chase:

"...JPMorgan Chase Reports Third-Quarter 2010 Net Income of $4.4 Billion, or $1.01 Per Share, on Revenue1 of $24.3 Billion...Card Services sales volume up compared with prior year and quarter; 2.7 million new accounts opened during the quarter; net charge-offs and delinquencies continued to improve..."
From Discover Financial Services:

"...Discover card sales volume of $24 billion in the quarter continued to show positive growth trends, increasing 5% from the prior year.

• Net interest margin of 9.16% remained relatively stable as compared to the prior quarter, as the impact of legislative changes was offset by lower interest charge-offs.

• Credit performance continued to improve, with net charge-offs down $102 million from the prior quarter and a net chargeoff rate for the third quarter of 7.18%.

• Loans over 30 days delinquent declined $180 million in the quarter, which led to a $187 million release of loan loss

• Payment Services processed record transaction volume in the quarter of $39 billion and showed continued strong results with profit before tax up 36% from the prior year..."

And here's a clutch of clips from a very recent and excellent WSJ article (WSJ is always great, ain't it?) about easing credit-card delinquencies:

"...At American Express, which has an affluent cardholder base, borrowers at least a month behind in their card payments fell to 2.3% in October from 2.5% in September..."

"...Discover said charge-offs totaled 6.83% of credit-card loans that have been packaged into bonds, down from 7.15%. The 30-day delinquency rate fell to 4.34% from 4.41%. Its shares rose 2.4% to $19.05. Discover and its bigger rival, American Express, process card transactions in addition to issuing credit cards..."

"...J.P. Morgan Chase said charge-offs fell to 7% from 7.78% and delinquencies fell to 3.81% from 3.82%..."

"...Bank of America has consistently reported a higher write-off rate than other major U.S. card issuers. Delinquencies were lower, at 5.6% compared with 5.71%..."

"...At Capital One, a card-lender-turned-bank, charge-offs in its U.S. credit-card business fell to an annualized 7.26% in October from 8.38% in September, according to a regulatory filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The 30-day delinquency rate continued to fall, to 4.45% from 4.53%..."
Based on our own data here @, credit-card approvals by all the major credit-card banks peaked during the first quarter of 2007. We're looking forward to the day banks approve applications like they did back then. Americans need access to credit to feel prosperous and spend, and that spending will contribute much to getting this economy back to strong and sustainable growth, which in turn will bring the jobless rate down.

The old "I'll use the equity in my home as an ATM and buy all the stuff I want" paradigm is dead, or at least in a very deep coma. Waiting for it to return...that would be like Waiting for Godot.

Based my own very recent experience, I'd say the American consumer is itching to spend like the good old days of 2007 (ahhhh, the memories!) After enjoying a fabulous Thanksgiving meal, I took a midnight trip to Wal-Mart, in an effort to burn off some calories. It was the first minutes of Black Friday. The store was a war zone. There was special fencing at the entrance, and a very noticeable police presence. And the lines: unbelievable. They stretched back to the opposite end of the store, which translated to a 2+ hour wait, in my estimation. Eveyone looked very stressed, which was very puzzling to me. After all, these shoppers knew what to expect. For me, it was fun to watch the madness.

I do all my Xmas shopping the day after Christmas. Excellent sales, and manageable lines. I'm too old and busy for the Black Friday thing.

Stay tuned for more 0% credit card updates. Thanks for reading.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Plain Vanilla Discover More Card is great for Christmas shopping and boxing day deals.

This credit card has great interest rates and is helpful for establishing a good credit rating.

The Plain Vanilla Discover More Card will assist you with your personal financial management.

Monday, November 29, 2010 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Nurussadad said...

With The Cristhmas will coming Soon, The Plain Vanilla Discover More Card sure will be great help to people.

And I agree 18 month interest free period is too atractive to pass up.

Monday, November 29, 2010 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you supposed to do? After reading this information here, that I think it makes most sense to use Plain Vanilla rather than others, that way you have everything in one big go already. What do other people think?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous sunken said...

It's great news that the credit card availability is making a comeback in this still troubled economy. And you can't really argue with 0% APR for 18 months. Sounds like a great card for all purposes, espeically around this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Top Programs said...

I am thinking on applying for this card ,Better interest rate than the other Big ones.18 months interest free sounds good....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brown said...

> Sounds like a great card for
> all purposes, espeically around
> this holiday season...

Indeed. I think Americans are totally ready to shake off the recession blues. My bet is that retailers are going to do quite well this season. I hoping that will prompt big employers to do a lot more hiring. Big companies are sitting on huge mountains of cash. Gotta' get that cash moving!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:26:00 PM  

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