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Auto Loans Top Record $1.33 trillion

Feb 25th, 2020 @ 1:27 PM by Amber Nelson

The total amount of car loan debt hit a new record high in the 2019 fourth quarter, according to the New York Federal Reserve, but delinquencies are also on the rise. Total outstanding U.S. balances on auto loans and leases rose to $1.33 trillion during the last quarter of 2019, up almost 5% from the […]

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Household Debt Hits Record High $14 Trillion

Feb 19th, 2020 @ 3:17 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans now owe a total of $14.15 trillion in household debt, according to the Federal Reserve, the highest level ever recorded. Household debt grew by $601 billion in 2019, at the fastest pace since 2007, right before the financial crisis. “Mortgage originations, including refinances, increased significantly in the final quarter of 2019, with auto loan […]

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Student Loan Debt Continues Record High Climb

Feb 5th, 2020 @ 10:56 AM by Amber Nelson

Total U.S. student loan debt has reached a new high of $1.56 trillion this year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. That debt load is spread out among 44.7 million borrowers, making for an average student loan debt of $32,731. College loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – […]

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Car Loan Interest Rates Fall to 22-Month Low

Jan 29th, 2020 @ 11:32 AM by Amber Nelson

The average interest rate on a U.S. car loans fell to its lowest point since February 2018 in December, according to automotive data-tracking company Edmunds. At the same time, prices on new vehicles have reached near-record highs. The annual percentage rate (APR) for a new-vehicle loan slipped to 5.4% in December, down from 5.5% in […]

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Credit Card Delinquencies Dip in 3rd Quarter

Jan 15th, 2020 @ 8:44 PM by Amber Nelson

American consumers did better at paying off their credit card debts in the 2019 third quarter, according to the American Bankers Association, but delinquencies rose on other loan categories like car loans and home equity loans. Delinquent credit card accounts made up just 2.96% in the third quarter, down from 2.98% and still well below […]

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Average Car Loan Amounts at New Record Highs

Dec 12th, 2019 @ 1:53 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans are paying more than ever before for new and used vehicles, according to Experian PLC, a result of pricier tech features in new cars. In the third quarter, the average amount for a new-vehicle loan jumped 5% in the past year to $32,480 while the average used-car loan rose 3% to $20,466. Total U.S. […]

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Household Debt Hits Record High of $14 Trillion

Nov 20th, 2019 @ 10:08 PM by Amber Nelson

Total U.S. household debt rose 0.7% in the third quarter to $14 trillion, a new all-time high, according to data from the New York Federal Reserve. Household debt – including things like mortgages, credit cards, student loan – has now surpassed the previous high from 2008 by $1.3 trillion on an unadjusted basis. Most of […]

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Fed Makes 3rd Rate Cut in 4 Months

Oct 30th, 2019 @ 1:01 PM by Amber Nelson

The Federal Reserve cut its target interest rate again Wednesday, the fourth decrease since July. The move was likely a hedge against mounting international financial trouble and brewing domestic slowing. The new federal funds rate range is 1.5% to 1.75%, representing a cut of 0.25%. Even though the U.S. economy is still in the midst […]

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Average Car Loan Term Tops 69 Months

Oct 24th, 2019 @ 12:49 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. auto prices are rising, pushing car loan terms to new limits, according to credit reporting bureau Experian. The average loan for a new car grew to $32,119 in the 2019 second quarter, an increase of about 33% over the past ten years. The average loan for a used car increased to $20,156. Total U.S. […]

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Texans Carry Most Auto Loan Debt

Sep 18th, 2019 @ 10:23 AM by Amber Nelson

Everything is bigger in Texas, including car loan debt, apparently. According to a recent study from credit bureau Experian, out of the top 25 U.S. cities with the highest average auto loan debt in the second quarter, 24 of them were in Texas. Midland, Texas ranked number one, with residents owing an average of $33,847 […]

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