With Christmas around the corner, Canadians might be tempted to borrow on their credit cards to pay their holiday expenses. People should be aware of the ultimate high costs of credit card borrowing
Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) December 19, 2012
Art Branch, Inc., the parent company of CanadaBanks.net today announces the re-launch of a credit card payment calculator (http://www.canadabanks.net/Credit-Card-Payment-Calculator.aspx), targeted at Canadian cardholders who are interested in budgeting and controlling credit card debt.
Created by the content development team at Art Branch Inc., the calculator was tested internally and by a group of external users. The idea behind the new calculator is to show Canadians how long it takes to repay credit card debt. This is a relevant issue given that people are constantly bombarded with attractive offers, encouraging them to switch from checks and cash to credit cards with perks and sign-up bonuses. The new calculator helps borrowers to understand the real cost of borrowing on a credit card so that they can decide whether to turn to other, less expensive financial products.
“With Christmas around the corner, Canadians might be tempted to borrow on their credit cards to pay their holiday expenses. People should be aware of the ultimate high costs of credit card borrowing,” said John Williams, marketing consultant at Art Branch, Inc.
The new calculator is a free financial tool that uses the borrower’s monthly payment, amount of credit card debt, and annual percentage rate to determine how long it will take to repay debt. According to Statistics Canada, big Canadian banks such as BMO, TD Bank, and CIBC have recently reported hefty profits while consumer mortgage and credit card debt has increased.
The holidays are just around the corner, and Canadians are spending a fortune on gifts, entertainment, and food. Holiday spending soars, and many people will be left with a post-holiday debt hangover. Shoppers have a lengthy list of gifts to buy and are charging purchases to their credit cards. In times of job insecurity, layoffs, and stagnant wages, some 600,000 households in Canada have a very high level of debt. Household debt has increased by 71 percent while income is up by 12 percent. Christmas is about spending time with family and loved ones and sharing the joyous spirit of the season. With debt piling up, many Canadians are already stressed and emotionally exhausted. The goal of the new financial calculator is to help consumers to make better financial decisions and spend within their means.
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About Art Branch: Art Branch, Inc., located in Toronto, Ontario, is the parent company of CanadaBanks.net and has produced many consumer oriented websites targeting Canadian and international audience. The goal of Art Branch is to provide visitors to company sites with free, practical guides, helping consumers to make educated choices.