July 28, 2010

CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas — Interest rates on new credit card offers rose this week after Chase adjusted a card offer, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

The average is composed of about 95 of the most popular credit cards in the country, including cards from dozens of leading U.S. issuers and representing every card category listed below. Introductory (teaser) rates are not included in the calculation. Among the nine card categories, average annual percentage rates (APRs) increased in two and were unchanged in seven. 

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

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.44% 14.42% 13.17%
Business 12.96% 12.96% 10.74%
Low Interest 12.31% 12.18% 12.17%
Cash Back 12.63% 12.63% 12.49%
Balance Transfer 12.97% 12.88% 12.40%
Reward 14.70% 14.70% 13.47%
Instant Approval 15.99% 15.99% 17.62%
Airline 14.30% 14.30% 14.17%
Bad Credit 20.32% 20.32% 13.74%
Student 13.96% 13.96% 14.71%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 07-28-10

Chase adjusted its Slate card offer, with the product now charging APRs between 13.24 and 22.24 percent, compared with an earlier range between 11.24 and 22.24 percent. Since the national average is calculated using the low end of any APR ranges, that change caused rates overall to move higher.  

In an effort to protect themselves from potential losses, banks have raised interest rates over recent months. Recent earnings reports from major card issuers, however, show that delinquencies -- or unpaid bills -- declined in the second quarter, according to data from the American Bankers Association.   

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey is conducted weekly, using offer data from the leading 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.  

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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