Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Austin, Texas — The national average APR on new credit card offers climbed to another all-time high this week, reaching 15.59 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.
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|
|Bad Credit||23.04%||23.01%||22.86%|| Source: CreditCards.com
This is the first time on record average rates have come this close to 16 percent.
Several issuers increased rates this week, matching the Federal Reserve's March 15 rate hike. Last week, the Fed announced it was increasing its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent. Most variable rate cards are expected to rise by the same amount.
So far, American Express, U.S. Bank and several regional banks have matched the Fed's rate change.
Citi also hiked the APR on one of its airline cards by nearly 2 percentage points. Cardholders who apply for the Aadvantage Gold card are now offered a range starting at 16.24 percent and maxing out at 24.24 percent.
The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: https://www.creditcards.com/rate-report) is conducted weekly, using offer data from 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.
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:
Senior Industry Analyst
512-996-8663, ext. 103
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