New rules for credit cards in Costa Rica

Congress is studying the "Credit and Debit Card Market Regulation" proposed law.

Friday, December 26, 2008

One of the elements of the new law is to provide better information on interest rates and charging conditions, like not charging interests when complains are being resolved.

According to the article: "Advertising, marketing practices, detail on balances and interests, contractual changes and internet shopping are some of the aspects of credit cards that may face regulation, should the law be approved... It will be the first law to regulate this activity in Costa Rica, and would put the country up to date with similar laws that exist in other nations".

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Costa Rica: Credit Cards Charge Up to 54%

December 2009

A MEIC study found that credit card issuers charge interest rates between 20% and 54%.

There are 27 issuers in the country, whom collectively offer 407 different products, according to the study by the Economy, Industry and Commerce Ministry (MEIC).

The most expensive credit cards are: Compra Facil, issued by Medio Pago (54% interest rate), Vista International issued by BCT (50.4%) and Master Card issued by Citi (49.32%).

Costa Rica: New Credit Card Regulation Code

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A new regulation code overseeing credit cards, by the Economy Ministry (MEIC), will come into effect on November 3.

Automatic teller machines will be obliged to show on-screen any fees charged for cash withdrawals or statement queries.

From "Issuers will also be required to issue detailed credit card statements, showing the main balance, current interest, interest applicable to the specific period, interest for delayed payments, and the monthly interest rate".

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