Archive for the ‘Retirement’ Category

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…

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…

Most Americans Die With Debt

Posted on August 04, 2017 by Laura Lam

You’re probably going to die with some debt to your name. In fact, 73% of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported as dead, according to December 2016 data provided to Credit.com by credit bureau Experian. Those consumers carried an average total balance of $61,554, including mortgage debt. Without home loans, the average balance was $12,875. The data is based on Experian’s FileOne database, which includes 220 million consumers. Among the 73% of consumers who had debt when they died, about 68% had credit card balances. The next most common kind of debt was mortgage debt (37%), followed by…

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…

Rate Hike Prevented 1 Million Americans From Paying Mortgage

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

A new analysis from TransUnion found that 10.6 million Americans could struggle to absorb their increased monthly payments after the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates in December, however further examination showed only 1 million struggled with being delinquent after the rate hike. TransUnion’s study identified 63 million consumers who carried debts where the minimum monthly payments was tied to the market interest rate, and would be effected by rate hikes. Using its CreditVision aggregate excess payment algorithm, TransUnion found that 10.6 million consumers were at an elevated risk of not being able to absorb the 0.25% rate hike. The average change in monthly payments was an…

Average Credit Score Hits All-Time High

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

Americans are seeing higher credit scores than ever as the average national FICO score reached an all-time high, hitting 700 for the first time ever.  FICO scores range from 300 to 850.  Average credit scores bottomed out at 686 during the housing crisis after a sharp increase in foreclosures. They have steadily ticked higher since then, according to FICO vice president for scores and analytics Ethan Dornhelm. “A score of 700 is considered “very good credit.” Consumers will likely qualify for the credit they want at favorable terms,” Dornhelm said.  “On the other hand, credit card balances and delinquencies are…

Is the New Household Debt Record Cause for Concern?

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Last month, the New York Federal Reserve reported that household debt across the nation has hit a dubious milestone in the first quarter: It surpassed the peak debt level of 2008 at $12.7 trillion. Household debt — including mortgages, auto and student loans, and credit cards — rose $149 billion compared with the last quarter of 2016, with nearly all the gain coming from mortgages. Reaching the peak raises questions about whether the backdrop exists again for another financial meltdown.  But the data show the current structure of debt is substantially different from 2008. According to a research officer at…

73% of Americans Have Financial Regrets

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

Nearly 3-in-4 U.S. adults have financial regrets, according to a new Bankrate.com report. The most common is not saving for retirement early enough, followed by not saving enough for emergency expenses and taking on too much credit card debt. Taking on too much student loan debt is fourth, however, it tops the list among older millennials (27-36 year-olds). Fifth overall is not saving enough for your children’s education and sixth is buying more house than you could afford. Baby Boomers are the most likely to regret not saving for retirement earlier; remorse over this issue grows steadily from age 18-62. It’s…

American Households Spend 53% of Its Income On These Expenses

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

If there’s one fairly steady theme over the past couple of decades, it’s that consumers are saving less of their income and their household budgets are being pushed to the limit.  According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s February data, the personal saving rating in America was a paltry 5.6%. Comparatively, U.S. workers were socking away more than 12% of their paycheck 50 years ago.  At the same time, a number of household expenses have largely outpaced the inflation rate and wage growth. These include healthcare costs, college expenses, and in recent years housing costs, since home prices have…