Rates for card categories tracked by CreditCards.com are listed below:
The national average APR jumped to 15.27 percent, which is the highest average APR that CreditCards.com has recorded since it began tracking rates in mid-2007. Previously, the highest national average recorded was 15.22 percent.
The Federal Reserve spurred this week's rate change by raising its benchmark interest rate, the federal funds rate, by 0.25 percent. When the federal funds rate increases, lenders typically change rates on variable rate cards by the same amount.
Already, several major card issuers responded to the Fed change by increasing card APRs, including American Express, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank. Among the 100 cards tracked by CreditCards.com, 26 increased rates by 0.25 percent.
The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: http://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.
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