Rates for card categories tracked by CreditCards.com are listed below:
Credit Card Rate Averages
The average card rate climbed to 15.36 percent Wednesday after ending 2016 at a record high of 15.29 percent.
For the third consecutive week, the average APR climbed to an all-time high after multiple issuers adjusted APRs in response to a rate hike from the Federal Reserve. In mid-December, the Fed hiked its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent, prompting issuers to increase rates by the same amount. Among the 100 cards tracked by CreditCards.com, 73 followed suit with 0.25 percent rate increases.
One issuer, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, cut rates this week. The PenFed Promise Visa now advertises a minimum APR of 8.99 percent, while the PenFed Platinum Cash Rewards card charges a minimum rate of 9.24 percent.
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