American Express Co
Chief Executive Kenneth Chenault said that while American Express received only 20 percent of its revenue from charging interest rates, rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co
We will suffer less pain, Chenault said during a conference organized by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.
The new law, due to take effect in February 2010, will restrict the ability of credit card issuers to raise interest rates on cardholders' existing balances, to charge certain fees, and to impose penalties on consumers that the government deemed unreasonable.
In addition, Chenault said the largest U.S. credit card company by sales was planning to aggressively promote its charge cards -- whose balance must be paid in full at the end of the month -- as debt-burdened American consumers try to deleverage and use their credit cards less.
Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan, American Express, Capital One Financial Corp
American Express shares fell 1 percent to $24.47 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. However, the stock is up 32 percent in 2009.
(Reporting by Juan Lagorio; Editing by Toni Reinhold, Bernard Orr and Lisa Von Ahn)