Credit Card Balance Transfers

Costa Rican banks have resumed the purchase of balances and debt consolidation on credit cards with lower interest rates.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

With this operation, customers can pay off debts owed to other credit card issuers and have them reassigned to a single card with a lower interest rate, reducing monthly payments.
Electronic Media Director of Banco Nacional, Marco Vinicio Calderon told that since January 2011 the bank has purchased about $7.4 million in credit card balances.

"According to the bank, a person with an outstanding balance of ¢2 million ($4,000) at a rate of 50% interest, over a 48 month term, pays instalments of ¢97,000 ($194), but if the debt is consolidated, the monthly payment may go down to about ¢65,200 ($130)", reported

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At the end of October 2013 the number of cards in circulation amounted to 1,723,306.

A press release from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade of Costa Rica reads:

Costa Ricans owe in total $1,496 million in balances on credit cards, which is an increase of $21.5 million (1.46%) compared to the latest study by the Directorate of Economic and Market Research, according to the cut made up to October 31, 2013.

Plastic Money in Costa Rica: Report up to July 2013

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Credit card debt grew by 1.5% to a total of $1.482 billion, while the number of cards in circulation up to July 31, 2013 was 1,731,673.

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Costa Rica: Banking and Government Compete for Money

January 2012

The increased demand for bank credit from consumers and businesses plus the financing needs of the government, is putting pressure on the capital market and interest rates.

The competition for liquidity can be seen in the activity of the National Stock Exchange, where the amounts being released on the exchange are increasing because of the concurrence of the state banks - Banco de Costa Rica, Nacional and Popular, and of private banks like Scotiabank, and by other entities such as Grupo Mutual y la Compañía de Fuerza y Luz.

Costa Rica: National Bank lowers interest rates

February 2009

Effective February 15 the bank will reduce its interest rate for housing loans lower than $89.000 (¢50 million) by 2 percentage points. reports on its website: "The Popular Bank also agreed to reduce its interest rates by 2 points starting on March 1.

These banks have joined the Bank of Costa Rica and the Bancredito Bank in reducing their rates at the request of the Government in order to deal with the economic crisis."

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