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Payment Rates

Monthly payment rates, the amount that cardholders pay on their credit card debt, soared in April setting a new industry record. Driven by higher minimum payments, the monthly payment rate was nearly 100 basis points over the prior record set in February. Rising interest rates have also played a role in driving the MPR north. Among credit card-backed bonds, the monthly payment rate was 21.74% in April, compared to 19.10% in the prior month and 18.52% one-year ago. According to FitchRatings, the payment rate averaged 19.97% during the first quarter and averaged 18.60% for 2005. Five years ago the monthly payment rate hovered around 15%. FitchRatings also says that payment rates bounced back after a decline in March’s payment rate, which is a seasonal occurrence caused by fewer collection days in February.

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|_2. Monthly Payment Rate |
|_. Nov 05:| 18.78% |
|_. Dec 05:| 18.90% |
|_. Jan 06:| 19.97% |
|_. Feb 06:| 20.85% |
|_. Mar 06:| 19.10% |
|_. Apr 06:| 21.74% |
|_2. Source: FitchRatings |

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