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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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Installment loan

An installment loan is a loan in which equal, periodic payments are made for a defined period of time. A typical car loan is an example of an installment loan: You pay the same amount each month, with part going toward interest and part going toward principal, until the loan is paid off. Successfully paying an installment loan is good for your credit score, as credit scoring formulas reward those who show the ability to handle different types of loans.