Risk tolerance and the financial satisfaction of credit card users

Patrick Payne, Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Christopher Browning

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This study tests whether risk tolerance mitigates the effects of credit card mismanagement on users’ financial satisfaction. We used data from the Health and Retirement Study and found results showing that credit card mismanagement reduces the financial satisfaction of lower-risk-tolerance users only. The results also suggest that the psychic costs of credit card mismanagement (i.e., stress and anxiety), not the monetary costs (fees and higher interest rates), may be the biggest contributors to the dissatisfaction associated with credit card use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-120
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Financial Counseling and Planning
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


  • Credit
  • Credit cards
  • Financial satisfaction
  • Health and Retirement Study
  • Risk tolerance


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