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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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Majority of Millennials Have Faced Credit Rejection

Aug 29th, 2019 @ 9:23 AM by Amber Nelson

Millennials are reporting higher rates of rejection for loans than older generations, according to a study by YouGov for Bankrate.com. The study that polled 2,500 Americans found that roughly 6 out of 10 millennials (aged 23 to 38) say they have experienced a rejected application for car loans, credit cards, or mortgage loans. Most of […]

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Q2 Auto Loan Debt Hits Record $1.3 Trillion

Aug 21st, 2019 @ 2:39 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans now owe $1.3 trillion in auto loan debt, according to data from the Federal Reserve, a record high and a 4.8% increase from one year ago. The Fed’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit found that during the 2019 second quarter, new auto loans and leases increased by 2.9% for a total of […]

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Fed Makes First Rate Cut in a Decade

Jul 31st, 2019 @ 9:17 PM by Amber Nelson

The Federal Reserve voted today to lower its target interest rate by 25 basis point to a range of 2% to 2.25%, the first rate cut in 11 years. The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) found that “the [U.S.] labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate,” […]

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Only Half of Borrowers Make Regular Student Loan Payments

Jul 24th, 2019 @ 9:44 PM by Amber Nelson

Only 54% of all U.S. borrowers with student loan debt make consistent monthly payments, according to a study from the JPMorgan Chase Institute, with the rest falling delinquent or making larger, less-frequent payments. Student loan debt has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, with outstanding loan balances doubling in that period. The Federal Reserve Bank […]

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