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Credit Card Receivables

A credit card receivable is money owed to a bank or issuer on the outstanding balance in a credit card account. Because the borrower is contractually obligated to pay the balance, the creditor expects this amount to be repaid. If a borrower does not repay the balance, it is often charged off as a loss. Since credit card usage is so widespread, and account balances can soar quite high, credit card receivables form the backbone of many financial services functions, such as asset-backed securities, debt collection, and debt buying.

For more information on credit cards and the role they play in the ARM industry, please see our special content section, The Credit Card Issue.

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New Academic Paper Urges CFPB to Carefully Consider Impact of Potential New Debt Collection Regulations

George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center Todd J. Zywicki has published a Working Paper entitled “The Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and Its Regulation.” The 69-page paper concludes that new government restrictions on debt collection may very well burden consumers. Zywicki starts with the premise […]


DBA International Commends George Mason University for Report on the Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and its Regulation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new study conducted by Professor Todd Zywicki of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University indicated that careful evaluation of the current regulatory environment was necessary to ensure that the debt collection and debt buying industries continued to fulfill their critical role in the economy. The study also found as the […]

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Eleventh Circuit Court Cites “Plain Language” of the FDCPA, Rules in Favor of Capital One in Debt Collection Case

If an entity acquires a debt in default and tries to collect on it, does that automatically make it a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act? Several courts, including the Third, Seventh, and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, all said yes it does. In a surprise ruling earlier this week, however, the […]


TD Bank to Buy Nordstrom $2.2 Billion U.S. Credit Card Portfolio

Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) on Tuesday announced that it would acquire Nordstrom Inc.’s. (NYSE:JWN), U.S VISA® and private-label consumer credit card portfolio. The transaction is part of a long-term deal to become the retailer’s exclusive U.S. credit card issuer. The retailer’s existing portfolio totaled about $2.2 billion in receivables. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. […]