Key Credit Card Indicators
Value (million or billion US Dollars or any other national currency) or volume (number of transactions) of payment transactions performed with credit cards, i.e. cards indicating that the holder has been granted a line of credit. They enable him/her to make purchases and/or draw cash up to a prearranged ceiling. The credit granted may be settled in full by the end of a specific period, or may be settled in part, with the balance taken as extended credit. Interest is charged on the amount of extended credit and the holder is sometimes charged an annual fee. Based on: Bank for International Settlements.