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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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Joint account

A joint account is a bank account equally shared by two or more individuals. Parties involved all share the associated rights and liabilities of the account and are regarded by law as co-owners of the account. This means that if anything happens to the account, such as defaults, overdrafts and fraud, all parties are affected. Being a joint account holder is different from being an authorized user. An authorized user has permission to make charges to a card, but is not responsible for payment.