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Credit card

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A credit card is a payment card, usually issued by a bank, allowing its users to purchase goods or services or withdraw cash on credit. Using the card thus accrues debt that has to be repaid later.[1] Credit cards are one of the most widely used forms of payment across the world.[2]

An example of the front in a typical credit card:
  1. Issuing bank logo
  2. EMV chip (only on "smart cards")
  3. Hologram
  4. Card number
  5. Card network logo
  6. Expiration date
  7. Card holder name
  8. Contactless chip
An example of the reverse side of a typical credit card:

A regular credit card is different from a charge card, which requires the balance to be repaid in full each month or at the end of each statement cycle.[3] In contrast, credit cards allow the consumers to build a continuing balance of debt, subject to interest being charged. A credit card differs from a charge card also in that a credit card typically involves a third-party entity that pays the seller and is reimbursed by the buyer, whereas a charge card simply defers payment by the buyer until a later date. A credit card also differs from a debit card, which can be used like currency by the owner of the card.

As of June 2018, there were 7.753 billion credit cards in the world.[4] In 2020, there were 1.09 billion credit cards in circulation in the U.S and 72.5% of adults (187.3 million) in the country had at least one credit card.[5][6][7][8]

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