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Debt Levels Drop For Consumers in Credit Counseling

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A credit counseling trade association has recently sent out an update to members about what a current credit counseling client looks like. The data suggests exactly what I’ve been reporting on recently, people with debt problems are skewing older these days and it is taking less debt to push people over the edge. But the most surprising number is the ... Read More »

Consumer Debt Drops to 2004 and Earlier Levels

FR Data July 2011

Federal Reserve numbers released on September 8, 2011 show that the amount of revolving consumer debt outstanding dropped in the last reported period, July. Revolving debt fell to $792.5 billion which is the lowest level since August 2004. This data represents a lower per capita indebtedness since the U.S. population has grown from 292 billion in 2004 to about 311 ... Read More »

Consumer Confidence Really Bad in August And Delinquencies Are Down

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New consumer confidence numbers out show exactly what we didn’t want to see in the debt relief space. Consumer confidence has dropped to near record levels at 44.5 on the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index. Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer confidence deteriorated sharply in August, as consumers grew significantly more pessimistic about the ... Read More »

Car Loan Delinquency Rates Drop for Seventh Consecutive Quarter to Historic Low

Auto Loan Delinquency Rates

The national auto delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) decreased for the seventh consecutive quarter, dropping to 0.44% at the end of the second quarter in 2011. This is according to TransUnion and its ongoing series of quarterly analyses of credit-active U.S. consumers and how they are managing credit related to mortgage, credit cards ... Read More »

Post-Recession Charge-Offs Vanishing

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An interesting article sent in by a tipster (send in your tips here) from Inside ARM reinforces what has been said here about bad debt declining. The article looks into the vanishing charge off debt and without that debt there is less stimulus for debt relief services. The article says: “So, I decided to do a little digging. I ended ... Read More »

Consumers Doing Much Better Paying On Time. 17 Year Low.

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New data out from TransUnion shows that consumers are doing a great job of bringing their finances back into good shape. For the sixth consecutive quarter, the credit card delinquency rate has dropped. The number of consumers that were 90 days or more delinquent has now dropped to a 17 year low and credit card debt per borrower is hovering ... Read More »

Consumers Avoiding Debt Reports NY Fed

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A report out from the New York Federal Reserve shows that the amount of consumer debt has dropped since June 2010. As of June 30, 2011, total consumer indebtedness was $11.4 trillion, a reduction of $1.08 trillion (8.6%) from its peak level at the close of 2008Q3. Consumers’ non-real estate indebtedness now stands at $2.28 trillion, 9.5% below its 2008Q4 ... Read More »

Credit Card Delinquencies at Pre-2006 Low Levels

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Experian is reporting that credit card accounts that are 60 days past due has reached levels not seen since before the recession. Nationally, since 2007, 20 percent fewer credit card payments are 60 days late, but 25 percent more consumers are paying their mortgage 60 days late. The cities that showed the most improvements to bankcard payments include Cleveland, Ohio; ... Read More »

Consumer Confidence Reaches 30 Year Low

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So here is a summary, consumer confidence/sentiment has plummeted and is the toilet at a 30 year low. According to survey data released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, the mood of the nation’s consumers in August was abysmal, raising concerns about any prospect of an economic turnaround. “Never before in the history of the surveys have so ... Read More »

Good News: Mortgage Delinquencies Continue to Drop

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The national mortgage delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) decreased for the sixth consecutive quarter, dropping to 5.82% at the end of the second quarter in 2011. This information is reported by TransUnion and is part of its ongoing series of quarterly analyses of credit-active U.S. consumers and how they are managing credit related ... Read More »

Consumer Borrowing Up in June. Reading Tea Leaves.

Percentage Revolving Consumer Lending

The latest data from the Federal Reserve is out for June 2011. The data shows an increase in revolving consumer borrowing for primarily commercial banks. Commercial banks increased revolving consumer debt from May 579.2 billion to June 584.4 billion. Pools of securitized assets diminished between May and June from 41.8 billion to 41.5 billion. Other sectors showed growth in unsecured ... Read More »

Continued Concern for Debt Relief Demand

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The downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor’s this week from AAA to AA+ might feel like an event that only has an impact on those that watch the economy. But it’s impact on the debt relief industry can’t be overlooked either. In order to have a successful debt relief industry you need two components, consumers with ... Read More »

The Future of Credit Counseling. Shades Might Not be Required.

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At the recent Debt Relief Master Class I held in Raleigh, North Carolina we had the pleasure of hearing from Howard Dvorkin from Consolidated Credit Counseling Services on his view of the future of credit counseling. Howard has been in the credit counseling industry since about the early 1990s and has a very broad perspective that all debt relief providers ... Read More »

New Data Shows People Aggressively Paying Off Debt and Using Cards Less

Less consumer borrowing leads to less debt relief demand.

TransUnion has released new data that indicates consumers made $72 billion more in payments on their credit cards than purchases between the first quarters of 2009 and 2010. The reason this is newsworthy is because this occurred during a time when it was believed lower credit card debt was being driven primarily by credit card charge offs. “Many people in ... Read More »

Default Rates Continue to Fall at Credit Card Issuers

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Reports just out from five of the six top credit card issuers showed that default rates on accounts fell in June. Of the banks reporting, Bank of America showed the biggest reduction in default rates with Chase Bank, Discover reporting very noticeable declines. Just recently Discover said their default rate was at the lowest ever in their history. According to ... Read More »

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