Thursday, October 22, 2009
For many young people, this will mean less credit.I did not expect that the cost would be put onto small, judicious users of credit cards.
I was wrong:
Starting next year, Bank of America will charge a small number of customers an annual fee, ranging from $29 to $99. The bank has characterized the fee as experimental. But card holders who have never carried a balance or paid late fees could be among those affected.h/t: Don Boudreaux. The suggestion is that if you have good credit you have options. Perhaps, but the legislation is undoubtedly an increase in the cost of credit provision and we should not be surprised that all consumers of credit are asked to pay for this. Thanks, Congress!
Citigroup, meanwhile, has started charging annual fees to card holders who don't put more than a specific amount on their cards, typically $2,400 a year. Other banks are charging inactivity fees if customers don't use their credit cards during a specific period of time. You heard that right: You could be spanked for staying out of debt.