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Consumer Household Debt Tops Record High

Aug 16th, 2018 @ 8:31 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans now have more debt than ever before, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, but serious delinquency rates have remained near historic lows. Total U.S. household debt now amounts to $13.29 trillion as the of the 2018 second quarter, up 0.6% from the first quarter. This marks the 16th straight quarterly […]

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Auto Default Rates Hold Steady in June

Jul 18th, 2018 @ 9:10 PM by Amber Nelson

American car loan borrowers stayed on top of their payments in June at the same rate they did in May, according to data from the S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian, the first time in six months that the default rate hasn’t changed on a monthly basis. Auto loan defaults made up 0.93% of all […]

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Credit Card Interest Rates Post 18-Year High

Jun 27th, 2018 @ 3:05 PM by Amber Nelson

American consumers are paying higher interest rates on their credit cards than they have in roughly 18 years, according to data from LendingTree.com, and they may pay even more before the end of the year. The average credit card rate today is 15.3%, based on information from LendingTree.com’s CompareCards.com, the highest level since 2000. Back […]

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New Car Buyer Monthly Payments Reach Record High

Jun 6th, 2018 @ 11:08 AM by Amber Nelson

Americans are paying more than ever for new cars, according to credit compiling firm Experian, and monthly payments have reach new heights, pushing affordability to record lows. During the first quarter of 2018, the average auto loan for a new vehicle topped $31,455, up $921 from the year before. The average monthly payment on new […]

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Truck Popularity Pushes Average Loan Terms to New Highs

May 2nd, 2018 @ 8:25 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. consumers love their trucks and SUVs – and lenders are having to get creative again with financing in order to satisfy demand. According to consumer credit company Experian, the average loan term for truck and SUV purchases has grown to record levels. The Ram truck brand, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV, had the […]

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4th Quarter Consumer Delinquencies Fell to Record Levels

Apr 11th, 2018 @ 7:44 PM by Amber Nelson

Delinquency rates across a broad-range of loan categories decreased in the 2017 fourth quarter, according to the American Bankers Association, a sign that the growing economy is helping consumers stay on top of their debt. The ABA’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin showed that delinquencies – loans that are more than 30 days past due – in […]

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Fed Hikes Interest Rate to Highest Level in a Decade

Mar 21st, 2018 @ 8:19 PM by Amber Nelson

With the economy pushing forward, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee raised its target interest rate once again, pushing it to the highest level since 2008. During its March 21 meeting, the Fed increased its federal funds rate to 1.75%, up from 1.5%. Rates still remain well below the historical average of 5%. “The […]

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Auto Loan Origination Growth Takes a 9-Year Tumble

Feb 28th, 2018 @ 9:12 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans bought fewer vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2017 than the previous year, according to the New York Fed Household Debt and Credit Report, with the biggest annual decline in close to a decade. During the 2017 fourth quarter, there were $142 billion in auto loans and leases originated for new and used cars […]

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Auto Loan Delinquencies Rise in 3rd Quarter

Jan 31st, 2018 @ 8:57 PM by Amber Nelson

American borrowers fell behind on their car payments in greater numbers during the 2017 third quarter, according to new data from the American Bankers Association. And yet, delinquencies in many other loan categories fell, giving mixed signals about the strength of American consumer finances. The ABA Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin revealed that delinquencies rose in 5 […]

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Car Loan Delinquencies Continue to Rise Even As Unemployment Falls

Nov 29th, 2017 @ 9:35 PM by Amber Nelson

More and more Americans are falling behind on their car loan payments, according to new data from the New York Federal Reserve , a sign of distress in the auto lending industry. At a time when the unemployment rate (now at 4.1%) is better than it has been in over 17 years, U.S. consumers should […]

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