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Study: Rewards cards have taken over the market

Rewards cards increasingly dominate the credit card market, making up more than half the new accounts Americans have opened since 2012, a study by the American Bankers Association shows.

Transactions on reward cards rose almost 50 percent from the first quarter in 2007 to the same period in 2014, climbing from $580 billion to $1.15 trillion. Meanwhile, spending on nonrewards cards was down 32 percent, from $672 billion to $460 billion.

The study, released Sept. 30, 2014, is based on research performed by Argus Information & Advisory Services LLC, and looks at figures from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2014.

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