January 2, 2013

CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers began the new year at a standstill, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. The average APR on new credit card offers remained fixed at 14.96 percent for the eighth consecutive week.

The average is comprised of 100 of the most popular credit cards in the country, including cards from dozens of leading U.S. issuers and representing every card category. Introductory (teaser) rates are not included in the calculation.

Rates for card categories tracked by CreditCards.com are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.96% 14.96% 14.91%
Low Interest 10.40% 10.40% 10.40%
Balance Transfer 12.62% 12.62% 12.46%
Business 13.13% 13.13% 12.67%
Student 13.31% 13.31% 13.31%
Cash Back 14.30% 14.30% 14.24%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.63%
Reward 14.80% 14.80% 14.75%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.49%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 23.64%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 1-02-13

None of the issuers tracked by CreditCards.com made changes to their card portfolios over the holidays. That includes changes to promotional balance transfer offers and introductory APRs, as well as standard interest rates.

Instead, issuers closed 2012 the same way they began it, by leaving credit card terms alone. 2012 was the most stable year for credit card offers on record, according to CreditCards.com research.

Average rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged for 36 weeks out of 52.
Compare that to 2011 — the second most stable year on re — cord when average rates remained unchanged just 25 weeks out of 52.

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: https://www.creditcards.com/rate-report) is conducted weekly, using offer data from the l eading U.S. card issuers' websites. Introductory offer periods and regular interest rates will vary with applicants' credit quality and issuer risk-based pricing policies.

About CreditCards.com
CreditCards.com is the leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers, including a majority of the 10 largest in the United States, based on credit card transaction volume. CreditCards.com, https://www.creditcards.com, enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card issuers an online channel to acquire qualified applicants.

For more information, contact:

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Contact:
CreditCards.com, Austin
Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing
benw@creditcards.com

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Source: CreditCards.com