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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms?'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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Double-cycle billing
Double-cycle billing is the balance computation method that allows credit card issuers to apply interest charges to two full cycles of card balances, rather than the most recent billing cycle's balances. Also known as two-cycle billing or dual-cycle billing, this practice effectively eliminates the grace period for people who paid off a balance in the previous month. In other words, with double-cycle billing, even if you paid off your entire credit card bill in one month, you could still be charged interest the following month. The Credit CARD Act of 2009 banned double-cycle billing effective Feb. 22, 2010.