Could the age of 'instant credit' be over?


New credit card regulations being considered by the Federal Reserve could put an end to that all-too-common pitch customers hear when they check out: "Would you like to open a Such-and-Such Store Name credit card today?"

What the Fed has in mind is to require credit card issuers to get information about your income before they determine whether you're credit-worthy. It's a reasonable thought in light of the fact that we wouldn't be in our current financial predicament if we'd kept closer tabs on how much people could afford to pay back.

Right now, retailers can pull your credit score from a nationally accessible database and use that to determine whether to issue you a store credit card and what your rate will be.

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