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Historically Low Delinquency Rates Coming to an End

By Andrew Haughwout, Donghoon Lee, Daniel Mangrum, Joelle Scally, and Wilbert van der Klaauw Total household debt increased by $312 billion during the second quarter of 2022, and balances are now more than $2 trillion higher than they were in the fourth quarter of 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic recession, according to the Quarterly Report … Read more

Total Household Debt Surpasses $16 trillion in Q2 2022; Mortgage, Auto Loan, and Credit Card Balances Increase

Total Household Debt Surpasses $16 trillion in Q2 2022; Mortgage, Auto Loan, and Credit Card Balances Increase

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data today issued its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit. The Report shows an increase in total household debt in the second quarter of 2022, increasing by $312 billion (2%) to $16.15 trillion. Balances now stand $2 trillion higher than at the end of 2019, before the … Read more

News None of Us Want to Hear – Experts Say Recession is Coming. Buckle Up Financially.

I really try to be a facts guy. Making decisions based on data is better than just emotion. And while consumer confidence is up and things feel like the Trump agenda is keeping unemployment low and the future rosy, experts are issuing warnings. The experts could be completely wrong but unless someone has a guaranteed … Read more

Household Debt Explodes And You Don’t Need to Be Smart to Figure Out Why

The latest data is out from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on household debt. They observed that overall household debt has substantially increased and is nearing the pre-crash peak of 2008. Consumer debt issues go in cycles. We have a crash, followed by a tightening, then slow relaxation of credit and a build … Read more

Finally – Signs of Improvement in Debt Relief Industry Business Prospects

For years now I’ve been writing about debt relief forecasts and trends pointing at a decline in the need for debt relief services. Those predictions all came true. But for the first time I’m seeing signs that there is a good chance of increasing demand for debt relief services such as credit counseling, debt settlement, … Read more

Debt Relief Companies Continue to Get Squeezed by Lending

Recent data out in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York report, Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, contains a stark graph that shows why the demand for traditional debt relief service niches has not been accelerating. Traditional debt relief solutions, like credit counseling and debt settlement, have focused on the management and intervention … Read more

Consumers’ Credit Market Experiences and Expectations Deteriorate

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today released results from its October 2016 Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) Credit Access Survey, which provides information on consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding credit demand and credit access. The SCE Credit Access Survey results are released every four months. The release shows a deterioration in consumers’ experiences … Read more

Bankruptcy Filings Still Showing Slowing of Debt Relief Demand

Data out today from the U.S. Courts shows that while the number of bankruptcy cases is still dropping, the decline is slowing. Bankruptcy filings are the canary in the coal mine when it comes to debt relief demand. When all forms of debt relief like credit counseling and debt settlement are up, so are the … Read more

New York Fed Data Projects More of Same for Debt Relief Companies

New data out of the New York Federal Reserve shows debt relief companies, like credit counseling, debt settlement, and bankruptcy providers should expect to see demand remain at current levels based on historical data. The Fed found: Financial Inclusion Indicators Inclusion (percent of a community that has a credit file and a credit score – … Read more