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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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Secured credit cards

Secured credit cards require collateral -- usually a cash deposit with the issuing institution -- for approval. They are designed for people with no credit or poor credit. Some secured card marketers load these cards with high fees and unfavorable terms, taking advantage of the fact that those seeking the cards are often unsophisticated or desperate. You can compare secured credit cards on this site.