Posts Tagged ‘Great Recession’

Boomers Struggle to Pay Off Mortgages Before Retirement

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

While outright homeownership increased among Baby Boomers after the last recession, they still lag previous generations, and may never catch up, according to the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group’s latest Housing Insight Series.  Older generations such as Baby Boomers have criticized Millennials for waiting longer than their generation to buy a home, however even Boomers are failing to keep up with the pace set by the generation before them. Baby Boomers are much less likely to own their home outright than the generations before them and may struggle to catch up before reaching retirement age.  According to the report, “The leading…

Banks Rebuilding Positive Image

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

The banking industry’s image with the American public has climbed to its highest point since the 2008 financial meltdown, with 43% now viewing it positively and 30% negatively. But Americans still view banking less positively than they did in the years leading up to the crisis, when it ranked above the average for other industries Gallup measures. The public’s net positive rating of banking — the percentage with a positive view minus the percentage with a negative view of it — slid from +32 in 2007 to -23 in 2009, and bottomed out at -28 in 2010 and 2012. This year’s…

Does Record Credit Card Spending Signal a New Recession?

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

Wallet Hub’s latest Credit Card Debt Study, based on Federal Reserve data, revealed that we’ve returned to our pre-recession bad habits with regards to credit cards: average debt is climbing faster than we are paying it off, meaning that we are on track to top $1 trillion in credit card debt by the end of 2017. The Great Recession that started nearly a decade ago was largely triggered by high debt loads, and while mortgage debt may have been the primary culprit, credit card debt was a significant factor. Americans were spending more than they earned, believing that the stock…

Americans are Getting Better at Paying Mortgages

Posted on September 05, 2017 by Laura Lam

Over the last few weeks, report after report all show the same thing – more Americans are paying the mortgages on time right now than at any time since the housing crisis.  A recent Black Knight Financial Services report showed that there were fewer loans in foreclosure in the month of July than in any month in more than 10 years. Recent data from Transunion showed that mortgage delinquency rates fell to the lowest rate in 10 years during the second quarter, while a recent report from S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian showed that in July, the average mortgage default rate hit its lowest level in a decade. The most recent report from CoreLogic showed that…

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit New Post-Recession Low

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Laura Lam

Mortgage delinquencies are continuing to fall, hitting a new low in the second quarter, a recent report from TransUnion showed.  This confirms reports from S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian, which showed the average mortgage default rate hit its lowest level in a decade.  TransUnion’s report showed mortgage delinquency rates dropped below 2% for the first time in nearly 10 years as it hit 1.93% in the second quarter. This is down 16.5% from the second quarter of 2016 when it decreased to 2.3%. “In the second quarter, we hit a new milestone for mortgage delinquencies as the rate dropped below 2%,” said Joe…

Consumer Confidence Rises to Highest Level Since January

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumers became more confident during the first half of August than at any point since January, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  The Index of Consumer Sentiment jumped 4.5% from last month’s 93.4 to 97.6 at the beginning of August. This is also up 8.7% from 89.8 in August 2016. “Consumer confidence rose in the first half of August to its highest level since January due to a more positive outlook for the overall economy as well as more favorable personal financial prospects,” Survey of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin said. “The two component indices moved in…

Banks Cut Back on Risky Lending

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Laura Lam

For the first time since 2012, lenders are making fewer subprime loans, according to a new report from TransUnion.  Subprime loans are those made to consumers with lower credit scores and usually carry less-favorable terms than prime loans. In most cases they carry higher interest rates and may have other disadvantages. The TransUnion report found 4.63 million consumers received a subprime auto loan or lease, personal loan, or credit card in the first quarter of this year. That compares to 4.89 million in the first quarter of 2016. “Across product lines, we saw a decline in subprime originations at the beginning…

Homeownership Up From 50-Year Low

Posted on August 09, 2017 by Laura Lam

The U.S. homeownership rate climbed in the second quarter, a signal that the sharp downward spiral that began after the housing crash is finally reversing.  The homeownership rate hit 63.7% in the second quarter, the Census Bureau said, a jump of nearly a full percentage point from a year ago, when it touched a 50-year low of 62.9%. The share of Americans who own homes has climbed steadily since then.  The homeownership rate also edged up from the first quarter, when it sat at 63.6%. “The damage the [2007-09] great recession has done to the homeownership rate is likely reversing course,” said…

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…

Household Debt Hits New Record

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

Household debt is topping its 2008 peak prior to the housing crash. Total household debt has risen to $12.73 trillion in the first quarter, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported last week. However, Americans are handling their debt—mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, and other forms of borrowing – much better, the report shows.  Americans were delinquent on 4.8% of total debt in the first quarter. For comparison, at the end of 2009, 11.9% of consumers were delinquent on their debt by at least 30 days. The increase in household debt may indicate that more Americans are confident about…