Rates for card categories tracked by CreditCards.com are listed below:
The national average APR jumped to a record high of 15.29 percent Wednesday after another major card issuer responded to the Federal Reserve's mid-December rate hike with corresponding rate increases.
Citi bumped the APRs on its card offers by 0.25 percent -- the same amount the Federal Reserve increased its benchmark interest rate by -- causing the national average APR to rise to an all-time high. The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate, the federal funds rate, from 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent Dec. 14, causing multiple card issuers, including American Express, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, to increase rates by the same amount. Among the 100 cards tracked by CreditCards.com, 38 have now increased rates by 0.25 percent.
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