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Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL

That provision doesn't mean much with respect to being able to get a credit card at under 21 years of age.  It basically says if you have a job, you can get one.  A job that you can verify income on.  I have about 40-50 employees that work for me that are under 21.  All of them can verify their income, so all can get a CC.

 

The part about the $500 limit or 20% of income is interesting though.

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL

My son's just about maxed out on the 30% overall rule. He works part-time and only stated about 13k in annual income.


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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL


@Subexistence wrote:

A lot of times I'm noticing that a lot of the other members of this forum around my age group have much higher credit limits than I do. I want to know what they are doing that I'm not doing that let's them have more success than I do. I know that credit limits don't matter that much except for Lexis Nexis scoring but I'd still like high CL trophies.

 

Examples include

http://ficoforums.myfico.com/t5/Credit-Card-Approvals/100k-Club-and-Credit-Limit-Increases/td-p/4912...

http://ficoforums.myfico.com/t5/General-Credit-Topics/A-19-year-old-s-1-year-anniversary-on-myFICO-O...

http://ficoforums.myfico.com/t5/Credit-Card-Approvals/AMEX-61-day-CLI-10k-gt-25k/td-p/4980101

 

I'm not trying to target anyone, I'm just posting those examples to show what I mean.

 

The only thing I can think of is AU and co-sign which I never got the chance to do. My dad pulled his Ex08 which was 841 which means he could have seriously boosted my score!


Don't lose any sleep over this. What credit limits one has is no real indication of...well, anything. They're not trophies, and they certainly don't measure an individual's success.

 

Nobody's judging you for not having a bunch of cards, so why judge yourself?

 

For what it's worth, I have less total CL than any of the three posts you referenced and I have 20 years head start on all of them. 

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL


 

• Young adults are limited in the amount of credit they can receive. Even if a young adult does qualify to receive a credit card by having a means to repay debts, the amount of credit that can be extended is capped. The maximum amount that a young adult, for whom no one else assumes joint liability, can charge on one credit card is limited to the greater of $500 or 20% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year. In addition, the aggregate limit for all credit cards held by a young adult is 30% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year.



Does anyone know if this is enforced because I might need to do some serious income/asset  bluffing if that's enforced. I imagine its pretty hard to enforce since card companies might not update other card companies what current limits are at. Also business card which don't report to personal bureaus are another way around this pesky limitation.

 








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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL


@Subexistence wrote:

 

• Young adults are limited in the amount of credit they can receive. Even if a young adult does qualify to receive a credit card by having a means to repay debts, the amount of credit that can be extended is capped. The maximum amount that a young adult, for whom no one else assumes joint liability, can charge on one credit card is limited to the greater of $500 or 20% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year. In addition, the aggregate limit for all credit cards held by a young adult is 30% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year.



Does anyone know if this is enforced because I might need to do some serious income/asset  bluffing if that's enforced. I imagine its pretty hard to enforce since card companies might not update other card companies what current limits are at. Also business card which don't report to personal bureaus are another way around this pesky limitation.

 


Considering that the CFPB goes after banks hard (major fines) for real or pervieved violations, I suspect that banks (lenders) are real careful even if self governing when it comes to a major reform law like the CARD Act, especially because one reason for the act was lenders handing out credit cards to college students like candy. 

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL


@Subexistence wrote:

 

• Young adults are limited in the amount of credit they can receive. Even if a young adult does qualify to receive a credit card by having a means to repay debts, the amount of credit that can be extended is capped. The maximum amount that a young adult, for whom no one else assumes joint liability, can charge on one credit card is limited to the greater of $500 or 20% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year. In addition, the aggregate limit for all credit cards held by a young adult is 30% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year.



Does anyone know if this is enforced because I might need to do some serious income/asset  bluffing if that's enforced. I imagine its pretty hard to enforce since card companies might not update other card companies what current limits are at. Also business card which don't report to personal bureaus are another way around this pesky limitation.

 


Card companies do not send their CLs to other card companies.  What is done, however, is that they submit these data to the three credit bureaus.  This is how FICO is able to determine your CC utilization, for example, because your cards are all listed with their respective credit limits.

 

And once you become a card holder with a particular CC company, you have authorized them to do soft pulls of your credit reports whenever they like.

 

Thus all your CC companies can see your CLs for all your cards, just by doing soft pulls.

 

CC companies do this not only for people under the age of 21 but for people of all ages.  They need to be able to see that you are getting nearly maxxed out on some other CCC'ds card, even if you are not on theirs.  That's just one of many reasons.

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL

Dear OP,

Best to stop comparing yourself to others right now. Just don't. It distracts you from doing what you need to do and from making sound decisions about yourself by yourself and for yourself. 

JoeBob

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL


@RobertEG wrote:

Provisions of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (a.k.a., the CARD Act, or Public Law 111-24), relating to issue and use of credit cards by young adults:

 

• Credit card issuers are prohibited from issuing credit cards to people under age 21 unless applicants have a co-signer or can prove that they can afford to make payments (i.e., have a verifiable annual gross income). The co-signer can be a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or any other individual age 21 or older having the means to repay a young credit card applicant’s debts.

 

• Young adults are limited in the amount of credit they can receive. Even if a young adult does qualify to receive a credit card by having a means to repay debts, the amount of credit that can be extended is capped. The maximum amount that a young adult, for whom no one else assumes joint liability, can charge on one credit card is limited to the greater of $500 or 20% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year. In addition, the aggregate limit for all credit cards held by a young adult is 30% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year.


Welp that is interesting it appears Chase is violating that provision for me Smiley Tongue I am certainly not going to tell anyone though Smiley Wink I have charged upward of $20k+ at a time on my Chase card. The aggregate limit is well exceeded too. As far as I am concerned the Card act can shove it. Thanks for that interesting info though Robert! You always provide concise factual info, very appreciated!

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL


@Subexistence wrote:

 

• Young adults are limited in the amount of credit they can receive. Even if a young adult does qualify to receive a credit card by having a means to repay debts, the amount of credit that can be extended is capped. The maximum amount that a young adult, for whom no one else assumes joint liability, can charge on one credit card is limited to the greater of $500 or 20% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year. In addition, the aggregate limit for all credit cards held by a young adult is 30% of the student’s annual gross income in the most recently completed calendar year.



Does anyone know if this is enforced because I might need to do some serious income/asset  bluffing if that's enforced. I imagine its pretty hard to enforce since card companies might not update other card companies what current limits are at. Also business card which don't report to personal bureaus are another way around this pesky limitation.

 


My guess is it depends on the lender but I know for a fact that it is not enforced by Chase lol. Also its not just a bluff it is a Federal crime to intentional misrepresent your income/assets on a credit application just FYI. 

 

Edit: Come to think of it Navy Fed does as well. I was approved for my $15k card when I was an employee with them part time, at the time it was equal to 100% of my expected salary lol. 

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Re: Other 18-20 year olds have higher CL

1) never get into he said/she  There are many people who misstate facts when it comes to money.   . I tend only to believe bank statments/credit card statements(Not talking about here but the school kids)    2) When I went to school back in the Vietnam era I recall getting my firstcard offer in the mail.  It was for $2,000 Visa through a Bank that became part of Wachovia .  The mail offer was a lot higher than the $500 my mother got me for my 18th birthday. (my first card) I understand the reason for the CARD act but for whatever reason the kids at my school were not marketed but by Wachank  Bank of America had several ATMS on campus and a branch 50 feet .off campus.  You had to go them to sign up.   No BOA mail pieces.   

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