2.2.5. The Maximum Interest Rates for Credit Cards

A new method was developed to determine the maximum interest rates for credit cards aiming at protecting both financial stability as well as the consumer and to enhance transparency and predictability. This method was made public in the CBRT Communiqué No. 2014/5 on Maximum Interest Rates To Be Applied To Credit Card Transactions published in the Official Gazette No: 29153 dated 22 October 2014. In this framework, it is aimed to prevent frequent changes in maximum rates on credit cards; to restrict the use of credit cards by consumers in periods of low interest rates and to direct them towards consumer loans; to prevent the increase in past-due loans in the financial system in periods of high interest rates by alleviating the interest rate burden on consumers.