The HSBC credit card interest rate is 19.24% (V) to 23.24% (V), depending on an applicant’s creditworthiness and the card they’re applying for. The average interest rate among new credit card offers is 20.16%, according to WalletHub research.
The regular purchase APRs on HSBC credit cards are variable, meaning they can change based on certain economic conditions. In addition to the regular rate, HSBC credit cards also come with a separate interest rate for cash advances and a penalty rate for delinquent payments. The interest rates will be listed on the card’s monthly statement and online account summary.
The highest credit card interest rate in recent memory was 79.9% on a card offered by First Premier Bank in 2010. That offer’s not available anymore. The current highest credit card interest rate is 36%. That’s on the First PREMIER® Bank Credit Card. The next highest credit card interest rate seems to be 34.99%, charged by the Total Visa® Card and the First Access Visa® Card. These rates are very high when you consider that the average interest rate is only around … read full answer18%.
Legally, there actually is no highest credit card interest rate that’s possible. Credit card companies are allowed to charge any interest rate. But they must clearly state what that rate is in the card’s terms and conditions. And companies that would like to charge outrageous interest rates are limited by what people are actually willing to pay. You should always make sure you know a card’s interest rate before applying. Otherwise, it may come as a nasty surprise.
Here are some of the highest credit card interest rates:
Highest historical credit card interest rate:9% APR on the old First Premier Bank Credit Card. This card is no longer available. It was for people with bad credit.
First PREMIER® Bank Gold Credit Card: 36% APR. The card is unsecured and for bad credit. It has an annual fee of $50 - $125 1st yr, $45 - $49 after that. Plus, there’s a $55 - $95 one-time processing fee.
Total Visa® Card: 34.99% APR. The card is for bad credit. It has an annual fee of $75 1st yr, $48 after It has a $89 one-time processing fee.
First Access Visa® Card: 34.99% APR. This card is for bad credit. It has an annual fee of $75 1st yr, $48 after that. It has an $95 one-time processing fee.
As you can see, the highest credit card interest rates are found on cards for people with bad credit. The better your credit is, the better your chance of getting a lower interest rate. But don’t forget that no matter how high or low your interest rate is, it will never affect you unless you carry a balance between months. If you always pay off your bill in full, you’ll never pay any interest unless you take out a cash advance. So, if you don’t spend beyond your means, interest rates shouldn’t be a huge consideration when you’re picking a credit card.
But if you’re not confident about your ability to pay in full, you should prioritize low interest rates in your search. Many cards will even offer you 0% interest for a number of months to start. But you’ll usually need at least good credit to get a 0% intro APR.
A good interest rate on a credit card is 14% and below. That is roughly the average regular interest rate on credit cards for people with excellent credit. Even a relatively good interest rate on credit cards for people with lower scores is not all that low. For example, credit card users with good or fair credit could pay interest at an annual rate of 20%+ and still have a below-average APR. Better-than-average for a credit card overall isn’t much below 20%, either. That’s why the best interest rate on a credit card is 0%.… read full answer
How to Get a Good Interest Rate on a Credit Card
There are three ways to get the best possible credit card interest rate.
For starters, lots of credit cards offer 0% APR periods as introductory perks for new customers. They can be a great help to people looking to finance a large purchase or transfer a debt to pay it off faster. But those intro periods are always temporary. Most (but not all) 0% APR credit cards require good credit or better, too.
The second way to avoid credit card interest altogether is to pay your full statement balance by the due date every billing period. Setting up automatic monthly bill payments from a bank account can be a big help with that. You can also try the “Island Approach”, which is a method of using multiple credit cards for different expenses. For example, you could use your lowest-rate card—maybe even a card with a 0% APR period—for things you’ll need to pay off over a period of time, and a rewards card for everyday purchases that you pay off every month. That way, you wouldn’t pay interest at all, no matter what rate you have on the rewards card.
Ultimately, there is also a number of things you can do to raise your credit score and, in turn, get a better shot at a good interest rate on your next credit card. Because if a low credit card APR is your objective, it truly pays to have an “excellent” credit score of 750 or higher.
To find the interest rate on your credit card, look at your cardmember agreement and your monthly credit card statements. Your interest rate will be there in the form of an annual percentage rate (APR). But as “annual” implies, an APR is the cumulative interest rate for a whole year, which isn’t all that helpful for calculating actual interest charges from day to day or month to month.… read full answer
You can figure your daily interest rate – or daily periodic rate – by dividing your APR by 365 (days in a year) because credit card interest compounds daily. (It’s worth noting that some card issuers may divide by 360 rather than 365). This calculation will give you the actual daily rate at which you accrue interest on a card. If your APR is 19.99%, your daily periodic rate would be 0.0547%.
The terms APR and interest rate are often used interchangeably. For general purposes, they express the same idea, though you’ll get a much better sense of your actual “interest rate” by using the daily periodic rate.
It’s worth noting that most credit card rates change (indicated in terms by a V next to your APR). So if the so-called prime rate that credit card APRs are tied to goes up, your rate will rise, too. A credit card agreement may note that the account’s APR is the prime rate plus a certain fixed percentage. Or, your rate might rise to a penalty APR (also found in credit card terms) if you miss a payment. Your card issuer must notify you of a rate change 45 days before it takes effect, unless you’re 60 days or more past-due on payment.
Though it’s good practice to keep an eye on your APR, interest rates don’t matter if you pay your credit card bill in full every month. If you aim to pay no interest, you won’t have to worry about crunching these numbers.
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