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Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Trend Downwards but Expect Early 2012 Spike

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Data out regarding recent bankruptcy filings is showing a continued downward trend as more consumers have dealt with their problem debt and the pipeline of new credit extensions remains unfilled. The percentage of cases under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy have increased to about 30% of all consumer bankruptcy filings. This is the result of a decrease in Chapter 7 bankruptcy ... Read More »

Consumer Debt Up in October But More Behind the Numbers

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The November Federal Reserve G19 report is out with the latest reported G19 figures. The report indicates a 0.6 percent increase in revolving consumer debt and a 5.3 percent increase in non-revolving consumer debt in October. If we look at the revolving consumer debt numbers, the increase was dues to increases in finance companies, and pools of securitized assets. Non-revolving ... Read More »

Debt Relief Companies – Keep Watching Costs in 2012

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TransUnion has just come out with their 2012 projections on mortgage and foreclosure delinquencies for 2012. And while I would love to see the debt relief industry explode with new tools to help consumers and greater opportunities, 2012 is looking like more of 2011 when it comes to debt relief industry volume. Additionally, my forecast is that debt relief companies ... Read More »

Credit Card Volume Shows Some Life

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There is an excellent post by Harry Terris from Collections and Credit Risk about recent consumer spending trends you should read. Now, growth rates in credit card purchases, at 8.8% from the previous year in the third quarter, and durables spending, at 5.6%, have leapfrogged overall consumption growth. Cardholders have managed this without additional borrowing. The contraction in total credit ... Read More »

Credit Card Delinquencies Poised for an Increase

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In what I predict will be a good news, bad new trend for debt relief companies it now appears that we may be in early days of an increase in credit card delinquencies. This might be a big increase with both the holiday spending period upon us and employment remaining flat. Credit card delinquencies are currently at historic lows rates, ... Read More »

Federal Reserve Announces Revolving Consumer Debt Fell in September

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According to the Federal Reserve, consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 1-1/2 percent in the third quarter. But revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 3-1/4 percent, while non-revolving credit increased 3-3/4 percent. In September, consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 3-1/2 percent. The increase of non-revolving consumer debt is linked to auto and student ... Read More »

Debt Relief Demand Continues to Drop. Bankruptcy Filings Slow.

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The latest bankruptcy filing numbers are out. Unfortunately they do not spell opportunity for current debt relief providers of any tax status. The decline in demand by consumers for intervention services has dropped across the board. For me it’s just further evidence the pipeline for debt relief help is draining and without a new influx of credit issued to consumers ... Read More »

Debt Relief Industry Recovery Postponed Again. Consumer Confidence, Sucks!

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The latest consumer confidence numbers are out. It’s not good news. Apparently consumers are less confident now about the future than they’ve been in a while. The Consumer Confidence index dropped almost seven points from last month. Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer confidence is now back to levels last seen during the 2008-2009 ... Read More »

Why is Credit Counseling Stumped Demand is Down?

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Over the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed a wave of information appearing on the web about the decrease in demand for credit counseling services. The reason given seems to be “consumer fatigue.” The peak client numbers that nonprofit consumer credit counselors saw in 2009 appear to be slowly falling. NFCC member agencies in the Ninth District began to see ... Read More »

Credit Card Balances Continue to Drop in August

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Federal Reserve data just out shows consumer revolving and non-revolving debt continues to drop. August showed a 3.4 percent drop in revolving debt. More disconcerting was the reduction in the pools of securitized assets where issued credit cards are packaged and sold. August’s 40.3 billion is anemic and is not a good indicator that banks can initiate and move larger ... Read More »

Bankcard Issuance High But Still Not Good Sign for Debt Relief Industry

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Just like the economy, credit card issuers are sending mixed signals about consumer debt. I wanted to share my opinions and read the tea leaves this month. Equifax is reporting credit cards are being issued at a faster rate this year. “More than 18 million new bankcards have been originated between January-June 2011. While this total represents a 3-year high ... 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 »

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 Borrowing Up in June. Reading Tea Leaves.

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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 »

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 »

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