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Bankruptcy Filings Drop Again. Not Good News for Debt Relief Industry

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Bankruptcy filings have been a good indication of the overall consumer demand or need for debt relief services. As bankruptcy demand declines, so does the demand for other debt relief options such as debt settlement, and credit counseling. Data out just today shows a 14 percent drop in bankruptcy filings for the 12 month period ending June 30, 2012. For ... Read More »

Ut Oh, New Bankruptcy Estimates Out

Fitch Ratings, the global rating agency that proves banks with prospective credit opinions, research and data, is expecting a further decline in personal bankruptcy filings for 2012. That news only spells a lessened demand for other debt relief services like credit counseling and debt settlement. If consumers are not seeking protection under bankruptcy, historically, demand for the other ancillary services ... Read More »

You’re Getting Poorer. Why Debt is the Least of Your Concerns.

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New government data out from the Federal Reserve in their triannual survey of American families paints a bleak and dark picture of the state of finances of all of us. It’s no wonder why people are looking for less debt help these days. It seems they are financially down and out like they haven’t been in a couple of decades. ... Read More »

New Government Figures Show Unsecured Debt Dropping

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The latest Federal Reserve statistics are out for April, 2012 which show consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 3 percent in April. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 4-3/4 percent, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 7 percent. This is not good news for debt relief providers that typically only address unsecured debt ... Read More »

Credit Card Delinquency Rates Continue Decline

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What spells good news for American consumers, spells more bad news for the debt relief industry. According to TransUnion, the national credit card delinquency rate for people more than 90 days past due has dropped to 0.73% from last quarters 0.78%. In addition the average credit card debt per borrower decreased by $242 to $4,962. While total credit card originations ... Read More »

Consumer Credit Default Rates Drop in March 2012

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Data through March 2012, released today by S&P Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults showed that, with the exception of bank card, all loan types saw a decrease in default rates for the third consecutive month. In addition, the four that did decrease posted their lowest rates ... Read More »

Unsecured Consumer Debt Still Dropping

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The latest consumer credit data has been released and as forecasted, the levels of unsecured credit card debt are still dropping. In fact if you factor in inflation, the amount of revolving consumer debt consumers are carrying today is now lower than 2010 levels. Consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 4-1/4 percent in February. Revolving credit declined at ... Read More »

Slow Spring Predicted for Debt Relief 2012

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With the clocks just adjusted for spring it’s a good time to remind all of those in the debt relief space that the traditional spring slowdown is upon us., or at least it feels like that to me. This time of year has always had a decreased demand for debt relief services. My best guess has always been that many ... Read More »

Consumer Delinquent Debt Falls in Q4 2011 But Slows. See Detailed Charts.

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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has just released their latest study on household debt and credit. Aggregate consumer debt fell $126 billion to $11.53 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2011. This represents a 1.1 percent decrease from the $11.66 trillion reported in the prior quarter’s findings. The report also revealed further declines in real estate debt and ... Read More »

Credit Card Delinquencies Fall by End of 2011

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The national credit card delinquency rate (the ratio of borrowers 90 or more days past due) reached 0.78% in the fourth quarter of 2011, a drop of almost 5% from the same period one year ago and continuing well below historical norms. Not great news for debt relief providers. Average credit card debt per borrower increased $239 from the same ... Read More »

How Can Credit Counseling Survive These Numbers?

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A reader asked me to take another look at trending in the credit counseling industry. Shocking sight. I’m afraid things are not looking up. If the trend of years past was still relevant we would expect to see a big post holiday season spike in consumer interest in credit counseling. But we didn’t see on last year and as of ... Read More »

My Debt Relief Industry Forecast for 2012

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At the start of a new year I always like to look forward and contemplate what the debt relief industry is going to look like in the next twelve months. I believe 2012 will be another year of stark closures of debt settlement companies and aggressive merging of credit counseling groups. I don’t see any evidence pointing to a substantial ... Read More »

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 »

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