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CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates remain stable
Sep 05, 2012 (05:09 PM EDT)
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Interest rates on new credit card offers held firm for the second straight week, 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 Averages
The national average annual percentage rate (APR) on new card offers stood still at 14.98 percent Wednesday, marking the seventh straight week that interest rates have remained just shy of 15 percent.
None of the cards that CreditCards.com tracks featured rate changes this week. However, one issuer, Barclays, did make minor changes to its rewards card for football fans, the NFL Extra Points Visa card.
Applicants who successfully apply online for the NFL Visa card will be able to make purchases with it interest-free for 12 months. However, while dangling the zero-percent carrot, Barclays also threw a stick: It shortened the card's interest-free balance transfer period from 15 months to 12 months.
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.