Personal Loan Rates & Trends, Week of April 10: Rates Jump

Another week of personal loan rate increases takes the average back to 20%.

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Two weeks ago, the average personal loan rate dipped as low as about 19%. But with a roughly quarter-point increase last week and now another three-quarters of a point this week, the average has returned to higher ground, averaging 20.01% APR. It's the highest average we've seen since late January.

No changes were seen, however, in the minimum and maximum rates from our surveyed lenders, which remain at 5.99% APR and 36.00% APR, respectively.

The average loan amount rose as well this week, after sinking lower for three weeks in a row. Up $584, this week's average loan amount is $21,577. The average loan length continues to be 49 months.

Borrowers in the Fair and Poor credit tiers saw a bit of rate relief this week, as their rate averages both declined by notable increments. For Excellent-tier borrowers, rates were more or less flat, while those in the Good tier on average saw a slight rate increase.

Personal Loan APRs by Credit Quality
Credit Quality Average APR
Last Week
Average APR
This Week
Week over Week Change
Excellent 18.95% 18.90% - 0.05
Good 21.70% 21.84% + 0.14
Fair 26.67% 25.92% - 0.75
Poor 28.78% 27.41% - 1.37
All tiers 19.23% 20.01% + 0.78
For the average rates, loan amounts, and loan terms for various lenders, see Lender table below.

Personal loan rates rose over the course of 2022 due to major interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. To fight the highest inflation rates seen in 40 years, the Fed not only raised the federal funds rate at each of its last nine rate decision meetings, but often hiked the rates by historically large increments. Indeed, six of the nine increases were by 0.50% or 0.75%.

The Federal Reserve and Personal Loan Rates

Generally speaking, moves in the federal funds rate translate into movement in personal loan interest rates, in addition to credit card rates. But the Federal Reserve's decisions are not the only rate-setting factor for personal loans. Also important is competition, and in 2022, the demand for personal loans increased substantially.

Though decades-high inflation has caused the Fed to raise its key interest rate an eye-popping 4.75% since last March, average rates on personal loans haven't risen that dramatically. That's because high borrower demand required lenders to aggressively compete for closed loans, and one of the primary ways to best the competition is to offer lower rates. Though personal loan rates did increase in 2022, the fierce competition in this space prevented them from rising as much as the federal funds rate.

As for 2023, inflation has come down a bit but still remains an issue, leading the Fed to expect to raise rates further this year. However, high-profile bank failures in March complicated the Fed's decisions about its 2023 rate path, making forecasts more uncertain. As is always the case, Fed rate decisions are made one at a time based on the freshest economic data and news, meaning nothing can ever be reliably predicted.

The Federal Reserve's rate-setting committee meets every six to eight weeks, with its next meeting concluding May 3.

 Lender Average APR Average Loan Term (months) Average Loan Amount 
Avant 28.32% 37 $12,083
Bankers Healthcare Group 16.15% 87 $69,570
Best Egg 21.12% 48 $16,345
Citibank 14.49% 36 $26,000
Discover 15.99% 60 $21,250
LendingClub 18.74% 46 $18,299
LendingPoint 32.20% 44 $7,150
LightStream 13.84% 59 $27,717
OneMain Financial 25.93% 45 $6,767
PenFed 12.49% 51 $23,027
Prosper 9.74% 36 $35,000
Reach Financial 25.13% 41 $15,199
SoFi 15.24% 48 $26,279
Universal Credit 22.23% 46 $14,606
Upgrade 22.35% 47 $14,531
Upstart 26.24% 51 $11,408
All Lenders Above 20.01% 49 $21,577

What Is the Predicted Trend for Personal Loan Rates?

If the Fed raises the federal funds rate higher in 2023, personal loan rates could also increase. However, with competition for personal loans still stiff, upward movement in loan rates could be dampened even in light of an increased federal funds rate, perhaps leaving averages not far from current levels.

Because most personal loans are fixed-rate products, all that matters for new loans is the rate you lock in at the outset of the loan (if you already hold a fixed-rate loan, rate movements will not affect your payments). If you know you will certainly need to take out a personal loan in the coming months, it's likely (though not guaranteed) that today's rates will be better than what you can get in the next few months, if the Fed does indeed hike rates further.

It's also always a wise move to shop around for the best rates. The difference of a percentage point or two can easily add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars in interest costs by the end of the loan, so searching out your best option is time well invested.

Lastly, don't forget to consider how you might be able to reduce your spending to avoid taking out a personal loan in the first place, or how you could begin building an emergency fund so that future unexpected expenses don't sink your finances and cause you to require additional personal loans.

Rate Collection Methodology Disclosure

Investopedia surveys and collects average advertised personal loan rates, average length of loan and average loan amounts from 16 of the nation's largest personal lenders each week, calculating and displaying the midpoint of advertised ranges. Average loan rates, terms, and amounts are also collected and aggregated by credit quality range (for excellent, good, fair, and bad credit) across 29 lenders through a partnership with Even Financial. Aggregated averages by credit quality are based on actual booked loans.

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