|It's always wise to think twice before closing a credit card, but there are situations where it's warranted.|
Rewards cards are known for carrying high annual fees, which cardholders are required to pay whether they're actively using them or not. Those who aren't spending enough to reap the rewards and justify the annual fee may feel it's time to close the card and take their business elsewhere. (There are certainly decent rewards cards out there that don't have an annual fee attached.)
Credit card fraud has become more and more prevalent these days, and sadly it's in the cardholder's best interest to close an account before the hacker can wreak havoc with it. Fortunately, what financial institutions typically do in the instance of fraud (or the threat of fraud) is close the account and immediately replace it with a card adhering to the same terms and conditions as the original. This means the cardholder's credit utilization ratio remains the same and the credit score remains intact. Your issuer won't lower your APR.
Contrary to popular belief, a credit card's accompanying annual percentage rate isn't set in stone. Savvy customers can often get their issuer to lower their current rates by using an improved score or credit card solicitations they've received in the mail as a bargaining chip. If your issuer is being a stickler, you may want to close the card and open a similar one with another issuer offering a lower interest rate. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.