CIBC, RBC cut credit card rates to give relief to customers amid COVID-19 pandemic


Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce said on Friday they are cutting interest rates on credit cards to provide relief to customers as the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic deepens.

Royal Bank will reduce credit card interest charges by 50 per cent for clients receiving minimum payment deferrals, Canada’s biggest lender said in a statement.

CIBC personal credit card users who request to skip a payment will get a temporary lower annual rate of 10.99 per cent, Canada’s fifth-largest lender said in a separate statement.

Most Royal Bank and CIBC credit cards charge 19.99 per cent interest on purchases.

Canada’s six biggest banks unveiled a mortgage-relief plan two weeks ago to allow homeowners to defer or skip mortgage payments for up to six months as businesses come to a grinding halt due to the pandemic.

Since the mortgage-relief plan was announced, the banks have received nearly half a million requests that have been completed or were being processed.

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