budget

May 19, 2017

American Households Spend 53% of Its Income On These Expenses

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 […]
May 16, 2017

Millions of Homes Still ‘Seriously Underwater’

Since the housing recovery began a few years ago, millions of homeowners have gotten their heads back above water due to rising home prices.  That said, […]
May 15, 2017

Bank Card Default Rate Increases, Auto Loan Defaults Down

The S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, shows the composite rate unchanged from last month at 0.94% in […]
May 12, 2017

Millennials’ Financial Habits Differ from Previous Generations

More so than Gen X and baby boomers, millennials prioritize issues like buying a home, purchasing cars, saving for and planning vacations and weddings and college […]
May 11, 2017

Fannie Mae Changes Affect Borrowers With Student Loans

Fannie Mae has recently outlined changes in the way lenders can qualify potential borrowers who have student loan debt.  The policy change is designed to make it easier […]
May 10, 2017

Foreclosure Process Can Take 5 Years in Some States

A decade ago, a home in Connecticut could be sold to another party about 12 months after a borrower stopped paying a mortgage.  These days, it’s […]
May 9, 2017

Millennials’ Debt Load Could Weigh Down Economy

Millennials — 21 to 34-year-olds — hold an estimated $1.1 trillion of the country’s $3.6 trillion in consumer debt, according to UBS, as rising student and […]
May 8, 2017

Trump Mulling Two-Tiered Regulatory System for Banks

During a meeting of community bankers last week, Trump administration officials made it clear they favored a system with different rules for small and big banks.  […]
May 5, 2017

What to Buy in May

As warm weather moves in and the school year winds down, May is the time to prepare for summer celebrations. Stock up for graduation parties and […]