CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average credit card interest rates hold steady at 15 percent for 9th week

Aug 19, 2015, 15:22 ET from CreditCards.com

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Average credit card interest rates remained cemented in place Wednesday, 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

National Average

15.00%

15.00%

14.89%

Low Interest

11.62%

11.62%

11.53%

Balance Transfer

14.12%

14.12%

14.02%

Business

12.85%

12.85%

12.85%

Student

13.14%

13.14%

13.14%

Cash Back

15.27%

15.27%

15.11%

Airline

15.10%

15.10%

15.15%

Reward

15.14%

15.14%

14.99%

Instant Approval

18.00%

18.00%

17.93%

Bad Credit

22.73%

22.73%

22.73%

Source: CreditCards.com


Updated: 08-19-2015


None of the cards included in the weekly rate report advertised new interest rates. As a result, the national average annual percentage rate stayed at 15 percent for the ninth consecutive week. Promotional rates, such as interest-free balance transfer offers, also remained unchanged.

Changes to card offers are rare these days, thanks in part to a 6-year-old law that limits issuers' ability to re-price accounts once a card has already been issued. The Credit CARD Act of 2009 requires issuers to give cardholders at least 45 days' advance notice before changing the interest rate on an existing account. Issuers have responded to the requirements by offering higher rates upfront and by trimming advertised rates less often.  

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: http://www.creditcards.com/rate-report) 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

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