Active military personnel 6 percent APR maximum

soldier jeans backpackThe little-known Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA) prevents credit card issuers from charging individuals entering, called to active duty in the military, or deployed service members more than 6% APR on what they owe the institutions.

Military.com writes the limit applies to other loans besides credit card debt.

  • Outstanding credit card debt
  • Mortgage payments
  • Pending trials
  • Taxes
  • Terminations of lease

The article later clarifies the conditions for the 6% APR maximum.

“The SCRA unambiguously states that no interest above 6 percent can accrue for credit obligations (that were established prior to active duty or activation) while on active duty, nor can that excess interest become due once the servicemember leaves active duty – instead that portion above 6 percent is permanently forgiven.”

“Furthermore, the monthly payment must be reduced by the amount of interest saved during the covered period.”

“Note: This law only covers debt incurred prior to military service.”

Recently Lexology.com reported “The U.S. Department of Justice is Ramping Up its Enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.”

“Contrary to beliefs held by many, the SCRA applies to all companies, not just banks. The current law is very broad in scope, providing benefits and protections related to rental agreements, security deposits, prepaid rent, evictions, installment contracts, interest rates on all debt: including home loans, credit cards and student loans, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, automobile leases and repossessions, life insurance, health insurance and income tax payments.”

“On November 2, 2016, DOJ announced a new program, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Enforcement Support Pilot Program, to support its enforcement efforts related to protecting the rights of current and former military personnel as part of DOJ’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative.”

“The new pilot program funds Assistant U.S. Attorney and trial attorney positions to assist with SCRA enforcement, and also designates military judge advocates currently serving as legal assistance attorneys to serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys to support DOJ’s enforcement efforts related to the SCRA.”

Wells Fargo paid a hefty fine for not following the SCRA guidelines.

“The Justice Department announced that Wells Fargo Bank, doing business as Wells Fargo Dealer Services, has agreed to change its policies and pay more than $4.1 million to resolve allegations that it violated the SCRA by repossessing 413 vehicles owned by protected servicemembers without obtaining a court order.”

“In a separate announcement, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) assessed a $20 million civil money penalty against Wells Fargo for the same infractions.”

The AOG USAA World Mastercard goes one step further for active-duty individuals.

  • Special 4% SCRA rate: When you have a balance on your account at the time you enter active military duty, get 4% on that existing balance during the period that you serve your country.
  • 100% rebate of finance charges: We’ll rebate all finance charges accrued during a qualified military campaign.

Bank of America has an entire FAQ page on the SCRA.

“For example, the SCRA places a limit on the amount of interest that may be collected on financial obligations of any kind: 6 percent per year during the time of military service. Any amount over and above that 6 percent is permanently forgiven.”

“There are 3 conditions you need to fulfill in order to benefit from the 6 percent interest rate cap provided by the SCRA. You need to have taken out the loan before you began active duty (a loan taken out while on active duty is not eligible for SCRA benefits), you must make a request for benefits within 180 days after the end of your active duty and you must request the benefits by supplying a copy of your active duty orders or other qualifying documentation.”

“If you have a credit card or installment loan amount with Bank of America, we will extend your benefits on those accounts for an additional 6 months. If you have a mortgage account with us, we will extend your benefits for an additional 12 months.”

 

Free cell phone insurance

two iphonesGet up to $600 of partial cell phone insurance for free!

Mastercard holders enjoy peace of  mind because when they pay their monthly cellular services bill on their eligible card, they will be covered for up to $600 if their smartphone is:

Stolen: Cardholders if their phone is stolen receive up to $600 in cash
OR
Damaged: Cardholders get their fixed for free or if the damage is beyond repair, the coverage reimburses all or part of the cost of the device, depending on their card.

WHY THE CELLULAR PROTECTION PLAN IS BETTER THAN MANY RETAIL PLANS:
· Deductible per covered incident ranges from $25-$50 vs. retail plans typically are over $75
· Coverage protects up to 3 phones vs. retail plans typically cover one phone
· No additional cost to cardholder for coverage vs. retail plans typically cost over $99 per year

If you have any of the credit cards below you already have some cell phone insurance against damage or theft.

Also Mastercard doubles the warranty period for cell phones. You are covered for two years against buying a defective iphone, when using any Mastercard for the purchase.

If you don’t have any of the credit cards listed below, open a new account and get $200 to $600 worth of mobile phone insurance for free.

Some of them also feature special sign-up offers as an additional incentive.

Golden State Warriors Credit Card is discontinued

Golden State Warriors BBVA Compass American Express Card members will receive a new non-branded BBVA Compass AMEX card in September 2017.

The partnership with American Express and BBVA Compass will continue for existing cardholders as before, except any NBA-linked promotions are terminated.

Stay tuned for details as they become available.

Earn Unlimited Rewards

Present BBVA Compass AMEX cardholders continue to enjoy these savings on their spending:

  • 1 point for every $1 you spend on your card
  • 2x points at gas stations and supermarkets (maximum $1,500 spend per quarter)

You can redeem rewards for immediate cash-back statement credits. Here is how it works: after a purchase BBVA will send you a transaction alert via the BBVA Wallet app so you can redeem your rewards quickly to pay part or all of your purchase from your available rewards balance.

Buy Genuine Warriors Gear

Dedicated fans can still purchase Golden State Warriors Gear on the team page, which has everything  they might want to buy, such as jerseys, t-shirts, hats, collectibles, memorabilia, gifts, home and decor items and many other exclusive products.

Free Credit Card Features

This itemized list gives you some of the services, perks, insurance and security benefits that come included with the card at no charge to you.

  • No annual fee
  • Zero liability on purchases
  • BBVA wallet app tracks card purchases, along with other cool features
  • Up 1 year extended warranty on purchases made with card
  • 24/7 Emergency assistance
  • Free automatic auto rental insurance
  • Free replacement of items that are stolen, damaged or lost, within 90 days of purchase
  • Free common carrier travel accident insurance

Sorry, no new BBVA Compass American Express credit card accounts are being issued at the present time.

Instead you can apply for a new BBVA Compass VISA card, which is available with no annual fee and the choice of earning up to 3x points in categories you select.

Warriors Social Media Links

Follow all the latest news on your Golden State Warriors on their official social media channels:

Warriors Cell Phone Apps

Download the brand new version of the Golden State Warriors Official Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Get Warriors news, stats and videos, plus offers not available anywhere else.

  • Live stats during every game
  • Mobile seat upgrades
  • Proximity-based offers within the arena
  • Interactive maps for concessions, parking, etc.
  • News, videos, social media and much more