Credit Cards » Credit Card Resources and Tools » Credit Card Glossary

Credit Card Glossary - R

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Percentage a borrower pays for the use of money, usually expressed as an annual percentage.
Rate index
A table of yields or interest rates being paid on debt (such as Treasury notes or bank deposits) that is used to determine interest-rate changes for adjustable-rate mortgages and other variable-rate loans.
Rebate Card
The card allows the customer to accumulate "rewards" such as merchandise, cash or services based on card usage. Rewards are usually airline tickets, discounts on future purchases or cash refunds.
A prolonged period (popularly defined as two successive quarters) in which economic activity shrinks.
Debtors may keep exempt secured property even though they owe money on it by paying the creditor the collateral value of the property rather than the amount of the debt. Note that in some cases the "value" of the collateral may be less than the amount owed on it. In these cases it may be advantageous for the debtor to redeem the property.
Regional Bank
A bank with a primary market in a regional or metropolitan area but takes deposits from throughout the state in which it is located. It is typically more expansive than a community bank, but more restrictive than a national financial institution.
Regulation Z
A rule, enforced by the Federal Reserve Board and implementing the Truth-in-Lending Act, that requires lenders to disclose all credit-related costs including the annual percentage rate.
Remaining Balance
Unpaid principal on a loan.
Remaining Term
The time it will take to pay off the rest of an installment loan as scheduled.
Reorganization Plan
A Chapter 11 or 13 plan describing the terms by which the debtor intends to repay his debts, usually over a three- to five-year period.
Repayment Plan
Modification of an existing loan after the borrower has been delinquent. Often used when the borrower misses payments but the lender does not foreclose.
Returned or "Bounced" Check Charge
Also referred to as an NSF or non-sufficient funds fee. The amount of money charged to an account holder whose account has insufficient funds available to pay the check, which is returned to the party who cashed it unpaid. (The bank did not advance the funds to cover check.
A term credit card issuers use for card holders who roll over part of the bill to the next month, instead of paying off the balance in full each month. About seven out of 10 cardholders revolve the debt.
Revolving Credit
A line of credit that does not have a specified repayment schedule but may require a minimum payment to cover interest and contribute to paying off principal. Typical of credit card loans, checking account cash reserve or overdraft accounts that have pre-approved lines of credit.
Revolving Line of Credit
An agreement to lend a specific amount to a borrower, and to allow that amount to be borrowed again once it has been repaid. Most credit cards offer revolving credit.
Right of Rescission
A provision of the federal Truth-in-Lending Act that allows a borrower to change his or her mind and cancel a loan within three days.