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CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates slide

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.  

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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 Averages


Avg. APR

Last week

6 months ago

National Average

14.96%

15.01%

14.91%

Low Interest

10.40%

10.40%

10.40%

Balance Transfer

12.62%

12.62%

12.43%

Business

13.13%

13.13%

12.67%

Student                                  

13.31%

13.31%

13.77%

Cash Back

14.30%

14.47%

14.24%

Airline

14.63%

14.63%

14.63%

Reward

14.80%

14.85%

14.70%

Instant Approval

15.49%

15.49%

15.49%

Bad Credit

23.64%

23.64%

23.64%

Source: CreditCards.com

Updated: 11-14-2012

The national average APR dropped to 14.96 percent Wednesday. This is the first time average rates have fallen below 15 percent in more than two months.  

American Express sparked this week's rate change by slashing the lowest available APR on the Blue Cash Everyday card by more than 4 percentage points. Applicants with excellent credit may now qualify for an APR as low as 12.99 percent -- down from 17.24 percent the previous week.

American Express also lowered the card's maximum available interest rate from 22.24 percent to 21.99 percent. The modest drop in the card's highest rate didn't affect the national average, however, because CreditCards.com only considers a card's lowest available APR when calculating average rates.

American Express confirmed the APR change, but declined to comment.

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.

About CreditCards.com
CreditCards.com is the leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers, including a majority of the 10 largest in the United States, based on credit card transaction volume. CreditCards.com, http://www.creditcards.com, enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card issuers an online channel to acquire qualified applicants.  

SOURCE CreditCards.com

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