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.
- Penalty rate
- The penalty rate, also called the default rate, is the very high interest rate charged by the credit card issuer when a borrower violates the card's terms and conditions. The penalty rate is triggered most often when cardholders are late making monthly payments. This penalty rate can be lowered -- or "cured" -- if the account holder makes six consecutive on-time payments immediately following the late payment.