Credit card debt is a reality for many in today’s world

Credit card debt is a reality for many in today’s world. Suppose that you had a $5,270.00 balance on a credit card with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 15.53
percent. Consider the following questions and prepare a report based upon your conclusions. This report must be submitted as a Word document and attachment to the M3:
Assignment 2 Dropbox. Consider the following questions and prepare a report based upon your conclusions. Your report should be created as a Word document, but you are
encouraged to create graphs and charts (which can be made in Excel and copied to the Word document) to illustrate your points. Remember: make sure you explain what the
charts and/or graphs mean; do not assume the reader understands what they mean.
1.Most credit cards require that you pay a minimum monthly payment of two percent of the balance. Based upon a balance of $5,270.00, what would be the minimum monthly
payment (assuming no other fees are being applied)?
2.Considering the minimum payment you just calculated, determine the amount of interest and the amount that was applied to reduce the principal. Hint: You’ll need to
find the total interest for the year first.
3.Consider one of your credit cards. What is the balance? How is the minimum monthly payment determined? What would be the minimum payment? How much of the minimum
payment goes towards interest? How much of the minimum payment goes towards the principal? If you do not want to share an actual balance or do not have a credit card,
calculate these amounts using an imaginary credit card balance.
4.Now, examine the terms of one of your credit cards or other revolving debt. Are there other charges that the credit card company is applying to your account? Are you
receiving a special rate for a limited time? Does your card charge an annual service charge or an inactivity fee?
5.Examine a credit card bill (or other revolving debt) and see how long it will take to pay off your debt if you paid only the minimum payments (you can also use an
online calculator like the one at What steps could you take to pay off this credit
card (or debt) sooner? Determine the percentage of the principal that you need to pay down in order to pay off the credit card in the time frame of your choosing.
6.Many Americans find themselves amassing large amounts of credit card (or other revolving) debt at an early age. What advice concerning the use of credit cards and
the fees they charge would you provide to a young adult planning on getting a credit card?

By Week 3, Day 7, complete the assigned exercises.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points

Assignment Components
Calculations—Student correctly computes the minimum monthly payment for the scenario. Student correctly computes the amount of interest and principal being paid down
with minimum payments based upon the scenario.

Analysis—Student effectively analyzes the terms, conditions, and charges for a credit card or another form of consumer debt. Student outlines a thoughtful and detailed
plan to pay down a credit card or another form of consumer debt based upon a specific time frame.

Implications—Student provides insightful commentary regarding handling and/or avoiding the pitfalls of credit card debt or another form of consumer debt.

Writing Components

Usage and Mechanics—Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure

APA Elements—Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations

Style—Audience, Word Choice


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