You have a credit card closed by creditor with balance; it happens. Many people have had it happen – without warning their credit card is cancelled or their balance reduced to a level so low that the card may as well have been cancelled. Why does this happen and what should you do?
Having a credit card account closed by bank or getting a reduced credit limit on cards has always happened, but it seems to be a bigger problem since the financial crisis began in 2008, when people have been struggling more and banks are being a little more careful. There are two main reasons that your credit limit might be reduced or your credit account closed.
Having a credit card company reduce your limit or close your account is frustrating. The good news is that the Credit Card Act of 2010 makes the credit card company offer you these new terms, giving you the ability to reject them and pay off your current balance at the old terms, but usually this means they close your card.
Other times they will simply reduce your credit limit. If a company does this resist the urge to get angry and spitefully close the card. It’s actually probably what the card company wants you to do now that they see you as an increased risk, but it hurts you by damaging your credit score. Keep the card open, pay it off, and let it help you to improve your score through its longevity and low balance. One important point, though, if you do have a credit card closed by creditor with balance don’t worry – you can still continue to make your payments, as agreed. You will pay interest, but the payments will continue, you will continue to build credit – you don’t have to come up with all the money at once or anything.
For many people the question becomes that of what to do now. You might wonder if you should try for a new card or if it is hopeless. That really depends.
If your behavior and credit change caused the closure it is probably in your best interest to immediately check your credit score. Then, work on rebuilding and do not apply for new credit until you have built the score back up a bit. However, if you had a premier or gold card that was closed because of a minor credit fluke, but you still have a decent score, you might want to apply for a less fancy credit card – and you might get it. In addition, if you were dropped not because you changed but because the company changed their requirements you may be able to qualify for a card with another bank.
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