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A balance transfer is the transfer of (part of) the balance (either money or credit) in an account to another account, often held at another institution. It is most commonly used when describing a credit card balance transfer.
How balance transfer works
Balance transfer allows people to move their debts such as credit card balances, student loans, home loan  medical bills, car loans to a zero or lower interest rate credit card for a promotional or limited period. The overall amount and the types of balances you can transfer depends on your credit card as well as your credit score. Moreover, balance transfer should be done as per the timings allocated by the credit card company.
Types of balance transfers
There can be transfers between two similar types of accounts or different ones. These include:
- Credit card accounts
- Bank savings accounts
- Bank checking accounts
- Trading accounts at financial institutions