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Young Women Have Better Credit Scores Than Men

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Laura Lam

A recent Lending Tree survey found points of major disparity in the responses from men and women regarding debt and personal financial health.  The survey’s findings suggest that millennial women are trailing their male counterparts when it comes to income, home ownership and financial satisfaction despite having higher credit scores and responsible financial priorities. According to the survey, women find themselves struggling to pay off higher levels of debt compared to men, much of which comes from student loans. The average total debt for millennial men is $53,017, which is almost 30% lower than the average total debt for millennial…

2017 Back-to-School Spending to Reach $83.6 Billion

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Laura Lam

With consumer confidence rising and more young people in school, back-to-college spending is expected to hit an all-time high this year while back-to-school spending is expected to see its second-highest spending level on record, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total combined spending is expected to reach $83.6 billion, an increase of more than 10% over last year’s $75.8 billion. U.S. parents are expected to spend an average of $688 on back-to-school items this year, an increase over 2016 spending of $674. The best deals will be available to parents who shop either very early…

CMBS Delinquency Down in July

Posted on August 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Though the Trepp CMBS Delinquency Rate climbed steeply in June, it retreated just as quickly in July. The delinquency rate for US commercial real estate loans in CMBS is now 5.49%, a decrease of 26 basis points from the June level. The rate is now only 2 basis points higher than where it stood at the end of May. Delinquency readings for four of the five major property types fell in July, with the lodging sector being the only one to increase, according to Trepp. According to the report, “After hitting a post-crisis low in February 2016, the reading has consistently…

Consumers Speed up Card Replacement Cycle

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Laura Lam

Despite the heightened security that comes with EMV chips and tokenization, consumers remain worried about their personal data being exposed in a seemingly nonstop parade of breaches. This leads to many cardholders requesting a new card as a precaution, even if they have no evidence that they were directly affected by a particular breach. “It’s less about their cards being compromised than seeing news about a major breach at a place where they shop,” said Rob Dixon, product director at CPI Card Group.  “The customer wakes up and sees a report about a breach, and wants to have his or…

Consumer Borrowing Slows in June

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumer borrowing slowed a bit in June from the torrid growth in the prior month, but continued at a solid pace, according to government data released Monday.  Total consumer credit increased $12.4 billion in June to a record seasonally adjusted $3.86 trillion, posting an annual growth rate of 3.9%, according to the Federal Reserve.  This is down from a revised $18.3 billion gain in May, which was the strongest rate in six months. Consumer borrowing slowed a bit in the second quarter as a whole, continuing a trend in place since last fall. Credit rose at a 4.5% annual rate…

Small-Business Optimism Highest in 10 Years

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Laura Lam

Small business owners are more optimistic than they have been in a decade, according to a new Wells Fargo and Gallup small business survey.  The survey resulted in a Small Business Index score jump to 106, an 11-point increase from April, which was driven by stronger financial situations, healthy revenues, easier access to credit and an increase in hiring.  The last index score is the highest since April 2007 when it was 113. “Our latest survey tells us that small business owners continue to feel confident about their current situation and are optimistic about the future,” said Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist…

Consumers Grow Pessimistic About Future

Posted on August 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumers grew slightly less optimistic in their future this July, however confidence levels remain historically high, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged for the month, the survey of consumers  revealed.  But this means Americans appear the most optimistic about the current economic situation in U.S. than they have in 12 years. July consumer sentiment ended up at 93.4, the group said. Meantime, economists expected the July measure of consumer attitudes to fall slightly more, to 93.1, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters.  U.S. consumer sentiment last fell to…

Senior Home Equity Hits All-Time High

Posted on August 03, 2017 by Laura Lam

Senior homeowners saw an increase in their home equity in the first quarter of 2017, according to a report from the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA).  The report showed homeowners aged 62 and older saw their home equity increase by 3.1% to $6.3 trillion in the first quarter. This is up from $6.13 trillion from the fourth quarter. This growth in housing wealth for seniors was driven by an estimated 2.6%, or $199.3 billion, increase in senior home values, and was offset by a 0.6% increase in senior-held mortgage debt which totaled $9.2 billion. The NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index, a…

Subprime Auto Defaults are Soaring

Posted on August 02, 2017 by Laura Lam

It’s classic subprime: hasty loans, rapid defaults, and, at times, outright fraud.  Only this isn’t the U.S. housing market circa 2007. It’s the U.S. auto industry circa 2017.  A decade after the mortgage debacle, the financial industry has embraced another type of subprime debt: auto loans. And, like last time, the risks are spreading as they’re bundled into securities for investors worldwide.  In July, 90-day auto loan delinquency rates eclipsed 3.8%, their highest levels since the financial crisis. Subprime car loans have been around for ages, and no one is suggesting they’ll unleash the next crisis. But since the Great…

Small Business Borrowing Hits 2 Year High

Posted on August 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

Borrowing by small U.S. companies hit a nearly two-year high in June, driven by restaurants and hotels, PayNet Inc said on Tuesday, as businesses invested to meet customer demand.  The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index for June rose to 139.9, its highest since July 2015, from an upwardly revised May reading of 138.3. Small business borrowing is a key barometer of growth because those companies do much of the hiring that drives economic gains.  Still, measured from a year earlier, borrowing was flat, according to the provider of credit ratings on small companies. “It really tells me they are…