Indeed it is. If you're not in top shape for the credit card shakeout that's already taking place, there isn't much you'll be able to do about it. It's probably already too late. After years of flooding the market with credit cards (and generous limits), banks are finally starting to take it back. Eric Dash, a New York Times reporter, does an excellent job of distilling the situation.
From the story:
Big lenders — like American Express, Bank of America, Citigroup and even the retailer Target — have begun tightening standards for applicants and are culling their portfolios of the riskiest customers. Capital One, another big issuer, for example, has aggressively shut down inactive accounts and reduced customer credit lines by 4.5 percent in the second quarter from the previous period, according to regulatory filings.
Lenders are shunning consumers already in debt and cutting credit limits for existing cardholders, especially those who live in areas ravaged by the housing crisis or who work in troubled industries. In some cases, lenders are even reining in credit lines after monitoring cardholders who shop at the same stores as other risky borrowers or who have mortgages from certain companies.
You can read the entire story here: Consumers Feel the Next Crisis: It’s Credit Cards (link here)
You can also listen to an interview with Eric Dash (link here). He was interviewed by one of his colleagues at The Times. The interview relates to today's story.