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Credit Limit

The maximum amount of money one is allowed to borrow. A bank or another financial services company may extend a credit line to a client, which is essentially approval for a loan or series of loans to be given on demand from the borrower. The borrower is under no obligation to actually take out a loan at any particular time. The maximum amount for which a particular borrower is approved is known as the credit limit. Banks and financial services company do not extend loans past the credit limit. For example, one may have a credit card with a credit limit of $2,000; if one attempts to put $2,100 on the card, the bank will decline payment. A good credit report and a regular history of loan payments may result in the credit limit being raised. See also: Facility.

Credit limit.

A credit limit, also known as a credit line, is the maximum amount of money you can borrow under a revolving credit agreement.

For instance, if you have a credit card with a credit limit of $3,000, and you charge $1,000, you can spend $2,000 more before you reach your credit limit. And if you repay the $1,000 before the end of the month without making additional purchases, your credit limit is back up to $3,000 again.

Most credit issuers charge additional fees or penalties if you exceed your credit limit.

credit limit

The maximum loan amount a person may receive on a particular instrument or from a particular lender. A revolving line of credit might have a credit limit of $50,000.Banks have limits on the amount of credit they can extend to single borrowers, based on the size of the bank, and limits on the credit they can extend to officers and directors.

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