CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates rise to 15.05 percent

Dec 23, 2015, 13:30 ET from CreditCards.com

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AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Interest rates on new card offers rose to a one-year high this week after the Federal Reserve increased rates for the first time since 2006, 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

15.05%

14.99%

14.99%

Low Interest

11.74%

11.67%

11.62%

Balance Transfer

14.15%

14.08%

14.12%

Business

12.95%

12.87%

12.85%

Student

13.26%

13.17%

13.14%

Cash Back

15.30%

15.27%

15.27%

Airline

14.99%

14.92%

15.10%

Reward

15.18%

15.12%

15.13%

Instant Approval

18.00%

18.00%

17.93%

Bad Credit

22.81%

22.75%

22.73%

Source: CreditCards.com


Updated: 12-23-2015


Multiple issuers responded to the Federal Reserve's 0.25 percent rate increase by hiking APRs on new card offers by the same amount. As a result, the national average annual percentage rate rose to 15.05 percent. When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, issuers can pass along those rate increases without giving cardholders prior notice.

Among the 100 cards CreditCards.com tracks, 25 advertised slightly higher rates this week. American Express, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Huntington Bank, Key Bank and Comerica were among the issuers that increased rates by 0.25 percent. Capital One also increased interest rates last week, just a few days before the Federal Reserve's announcement.

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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