The economic booms in Brazil and Chile owe at least a small debt to some of the more charming...

|By:, SA News Editor

The economic booms in Brazil and Chile owe at least a small debt to some of the more charming aspects of American finance, where retailers offer easy credit to lure customers into buying items they can't afford. Once ensnared, consumers find themselves subject to terms that can be changed on a whim and trailed by a credit score that affects all aspects of their life.