NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Last year was a difficult one for credit card customers. Interest rates increased significantly, credit limits were slashed for millions of cardholders, issuers closed risky accounts and rewards were decreased.
Many consumers wondered what would happen after the CARD Act and other regulations went into effect this year. Would credit card consumers really benefit?
Despite regulations, credit card issuers are still increasing rates and fees in 2010, but less dramatically than last year. Here are some changes banks and credit card issuers have made.
Compared with 2009, this has been a slow year for rate increases. Issuers raised rates dramatically while it was still easy, and most have not made wide-ranging increases since. Here are some recent changes:
Overall, rates are still rising. Based on the 1,000-plus cards in the LowCards.com Complete Credit Card Index, the average advertised APR for credit cards is 13.62%. Six months ago, the average was 13.24%, and a year ago the average was 12.12%.