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Independent card consultant Tim Kolk has conducted an analysis which, he says, shows that the 2009 Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act has prevented credit card interest rates from falling as much as interest rates for other consumer loans.

“Since 2008, benchmark auto loan rates and mortgage rates have declined by 30% and 42% respectively while credit card interest rates have declined by only 3%, Kolk wrote in the analysis. “If credit card interest rates had declined in an amount proportional to the mid-point decline of other lending products, then average credit card interest rates would have declined by 410 basis points since 2008.”

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