Peaked Interest? Credit Card APRs Hit All-Time Highs

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Peaked Interest? Credit Card APRs Hit All-Time Highs

Sep, 27th 2016

The amount of debt consumers have has continued to increase over the last few years as the auto loan industry and student loan debts hit new highs. Credit card debt also continues to grow, especially with annual percentages rates (APR) also hitting all-time highs.

Today the average consumer pays an APR of 15.22%. The credit card industry has not seen APRs this high since December 2011. However, interest rates dropped in January 2012, a trend that is normal due to many shoppers making purchases around the holiday season.

This year, however, shows a different trend. The average APR has been over 15% since the start of the year. The balances consumers are carrying...

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