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DEFINITION of 'Cash Advance'

A service provided by many credit card issuers allowing cardholders to withdraw a certain amount of cash, either through an ATM or directly from a bank or other financial agency. Cash advances typically carry a high interest rate - even higher than credit card itself - and the interest begins to accrue immediately. On the plus side, cash advances are quick and easy to obtain in a pinch.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Cash Advance'

Sometimes businesses with less-than-perfect credit use cash advances to finance their activities. In some instances these advances are even paid for with future credit card receipts. The amount of the cash advance depends on the credit score of a business and its credit card sales. In almost all cases, cash advances should be viewed as a method of last resort.

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    Many credit card lenders treat interest on cash advances differently than interest on regular purchases. For starters, the interest ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Does a cash advance hurt my credit score?

    Taking out a cash advance has no direct impact on your credit or credit score, but it can have an indirect impact in various ... Read Full Answer >>
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