Why Can’t RBI Have Clear Laws on Late Fees / Over Limit Fees ?

Late Fee Over Limit Fee ScamThe Indian Banking Regulator – RBI publishes Master Circular for Credit Card Operations in India binding on the Banks / Financial Institutions. However, there are lot of shortcomings in the Notification especially when it comes to Late fees / Over Limit Fee levy. RBI without going into the details just asks the Bank to be Fair in its Practices and give Unilateral Powers to Banks without approving Card Members Agreement which changes quite often at the will & wish of the Bank. Most Banks Like HDFC & ICICI use Algorithms to maximize profits and this leads to Grievance in which Consumers are always at the receiving end. Let us discuss this with a case study of our reader who has enlightened his plight of Read the rest of this entry »

How HDFC Credit Card’s Rip Off With Late Fees & Over Limit Fees Lead You into Debt Trap ?

HDFC Card Debt TrapI’ve been running this Credit Card and Loan Advisory for over 8 years and during this time I have not come across a case as terrible as this one where HDFC Bank’s Credit Card’s division has optimized its accounting algorithm to levy Late fees, Over Limit Fees and push the consumer into severe debt trap.

A reader sent me an e-mail stating that he had spent a mere Rs 14,277 using HDFC Credit Card, and has already paid a whopping sum of Rs 1,04,612 [One Lakh Four Thousand Six Hundred Twelve] and the bank at its whims and fancy keeps raising bills which he is no position to pay and hence had prayed for help. I couldn’t believe if this was True and hence demanded statements. The user sent Read the rest of this entry »

VISA Reports Healthy Payment Metrics

VISA Card Digital MomentumFor VISA Cards, US and Int’l payment volume growth held steady in the quarter. US purchase volume growth (+10% YoY) remained steady at last quarter’s level as tailwinds from the Chase credit portfolio conversion (from MA) were somewhat shadowed by slight deceleration in debit volume growth (likely a result of lower gas prices). International payment volume growth also remained steady in local currency. Most notably, crossborder volume growth, which had been anemic for several quarters, ticked up nicely from 7% last quarter to 10%, driven by a pick up in the EU travel from the Middle East, China, and Australia.

VISA extended a multiyear agreement with Bank of America, its second largest issuer, on both the credit and debit side that will allow Read the rest of this entry »

Is Apple Pay a Threat to VISA ?

Apple Pay Threat on VISASilicon Valley innovator Apple Inc has unveiled Apple Pay electronic Payment Platforms using SmartPhones and NFC threatening older and established players like VISA and MasterCard. We analyzed on if it will be a threat in disrupting the card payment industry and here is our finding. Unlike PayPal, Apple Pay is not a P2P Payment mechanism.

One must appreciate how critical the payment networks(VISA) are in facilitating Apple Pay and how tokenization furthers the importance of the networks in Read the rest of this entry »

What to do when Credit Card Application is Rejected ?

Credit Card Application RejectedIt is not uncommon for us as consumers to get tempted to BUY the Latest SmartPhone using Credit Card. However, many of you all don’t know the importance of Credit History and thus end up in the soup. A Reader of our Advisory is in a similar situation and narrates his experience with SBI Credit Cards department seeking help,

I have been informed by the SBI Credit Cards department that credit card application was rejected for not meeting the CIBIL Score which is totally baseless. I was sent a letter stating the same which not only caused mental agony as it has questioned my integrity and credibility but also embarrassed me in-front of my colleagues. Because of this reason I had to apply for my CIBIL score which Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese Weixin “Swiping Card” Mobile Payment Platform

Swiping Card - QR Code Mobile PaymentChinese Internet Giant Tencent has ventured into the Mobile Payments Platform using “Weixin” also known as WeChat. It is available on both the iOS and Android platforms. Swiping Card has been incorporated into the wallet tab and allows Weixin payment users to make payments at offline retail stores.

How does the System work from the User perspective ?
Users activate the feature by accepting the Read the rest of this entry »