Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (CARD)

Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (CARD)

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009 was passed by the United States Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009. It is comprehensive credit card reform legislation that aims "...to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan, and for other purposes."

Key features include:
•    Protections against arbitrary interest rate increases
•    Elimination of penalties on cardholders who pay on time
•    Clarification of due dates
•    Protections from misleading terms
•    Cardholders have right to set limits on their credit
•    Card companies must fairly credit and allocate payments
•    Prevents card companies from imposing excessive fees on cardholders
•    Better Congressional oversight of the credit card industry
•    Limits credit cards to teens

Cry Wolf Quotes

[The bill would] have a dramatic impact on the ability of consumers, small businesses, students, and others to get credit at a time when our economy can least afford such constraints.

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American Bankers Association, AP

The bill would, for instance, prohibit card companies from changing the rates they charge ‘at any time, for any reason.’ Translation: instead of a borrower’s interest rate varying up and down, it will just stay up. Or fees will rise, to offset issuers’ loss of pricing flexibility.

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Thomas Brown, Bankstocks.com.

Legislation likely to result in higher interest rates for consumers is not the answer. [This bill] would broadly constrain the ability of financial institutions to price risk, likely resulting in less access to credit and in higher interest rates for consumers.

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The Bush White House’s statement, CreditCards.com.

ABA is very concerned about the direction this legislation is headed and we are concerned over the impact it will have on the ability of consumers, students and small businesses to get credit cards.

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Ken Clayton, senior vice president of card policy at the American Bankers Association, Washington Post.

Evidence

Backgrounders & Briefs

A Timeline of the CARD Act

An interactive timeline of credit card reform.