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Ques: Company Spokesperson: Over the past several years, our company has more than
doubled its revenues within the credit card division. However, over the same period,
the division's profits have steadily declined, largely as a result of a rapid increase in
default rates on credit card loans among our customers. It is time to recognize that
our previous strategy was flawed, since we failed to increase the average annual' percentage
rate (APR) charged on outstanding balances to compensate
r the higher
default rates. According to our estimates, increasing the interest charged on outstanding
balances from an APR of9.S0/0 to an APR of 120/0 will be$lJlRcient to
compensate for the current rate of defaults and bring the division back to profitable
Which of the following statements would most seriously undermine a plan to
increase interest rates in order to spur profitable growth?
(A) Many other companies have experienced a similar trend in their default rates.
(B) The company's operating expenses are above the industry average and can be
substantially reduced, thus increasing margins.
(C) The rapid increase in default rates was due to a rise in unemployment, but
unemployment rates are expected to drop in the coming months.
(D) The proposed increase in the APR will, alone, more than double the company's
(E) An increase in the APR charged on credit card balances often results in higher
rates of default.