"Congress is throwing a rope to credit card users who have been trapped by an industry whose standard operating procedures include deceptive practices, arbitrary rules changes and crippling interest rates. The aid couldn't come at a better time.
The number of overdue loans continues to increase, and with default rates rising, credit card issuers have been summarily raising the interest rates charged borrowers who've never lost their job or missed a payment. People with low interest rates have seen them double.
Congress just passed a credit card reform bill that adds to the reforms recently imposed by the Federal Reserve Board. President Obama signed the bill on Friday, and its provisions will be effective within nine months. But more work remains to be done to ensure that consumers get a fair shake."
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"Here are some of the other changes it will make: