February 21, 2008
Austin, Texas - Annual percentage rates for select major credit card categories largely climbed this week, although rates for bad credit and student credit cards declined. Minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting and economic data highlighted an ongoing challenge for Fed policymakers.
A majority of banks index their credit card APRs to the prime rate, which moves in lock step with Fed decisions. According to the Fed, 54 percent of issuers tie card interest rates to prime, with most banks adjusting variable rates 30 days or one billing cycle after a change in the prime rate.
Rates for card categories tracked by CreditCards.com are listed below:
|Credit Card Rate Averages|
|Avg. APR||Last Week||6 Month|
|For Bad Credit||13.02%||13.25%||12.80%|
Even after slashing rates to their lowest level since June 2005, the Fed minutes showed the central bank continued to see threats to the economy. "With no signs of stabilization in the housing sector and with financial conditions not yet stabilized, the Committee agreed that downside risks to growth would remain even after this action," the Fed said.
A rise in January consumer prices highlighted inflationary pressures. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Fed reported the third-straight contraction in that region's manufacturing sector during February, fanning recessionary fears.
The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey is conducted weekly using data from the leading U.S. card issuers.
Introductory offer periods and regular interest rates can vary with applicants' credit quality and issuer risk-based pricing policies.
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Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing
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