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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms? CreditCards.com's glossary of credit card definitions will help. From account holder to Regulation Z, we have defined the most-common and most-confusing credit card terms.


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Balance transfer
A balance transfer occurs when the outstanding balance of one credit card (or several credit cards) is moved to another credit card account. This is often done by consumers looking for a lower interest rate. Many credit card issuers offer introductory balance transfer APRs that are lower than the standard rates. Balance transfers usually have fees. You can compare balance transfer credit cards on this site.