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February 22, 2021

Lending Boom of Risky Corporate Debt

Investors’ near-insatiable demand for even the riskiest corporate debt is fueling a Wall Street lending boom, offering lifelines for struggling companies even as the coronavirus pandemic […]
February 19, 2021

Americans Left Banks Out of Borrowing Binge

Last year was a banner one for debt, but it didn’t look that way for big banks.  Large lenders saw their loan books shrink in 2020 […]
February 16, 2021

PPP Boosts SBA Loan Program Interest

Emergency lending programs have cut into the volume of traditional Small Business Administration loans, but they have also led more bankers to make bigger long-term commitments […]
September 10, 2020

Consumer Confidence Falls to 6-Year Low

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell to its lowest level since 2014 in August.  This is likely due to a combination of increased COVID-19 cases […]
September 10, 2020

Household Debt Falls for First Time Since 2014

After setting records in 23 consecutive quarters, total household debt fell in the second quarter for the first time since 2014 as shutdowns associated with the […]
June 8, 2020

Consumer Confidence is Shattered

Consumer confidence has collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic and isn’t getting a lift from states re-opening their economies, according to a new report. A Morning Consult […]
June 8, 2020

The US Economy is in a Recession

Today, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the U.S. economy peaked in February, ending the longest expansion in U.S. history at 128 months, or about […]
May 19, 2020

Credit Card Spending Down 40%

Spending on JPMorgan Chase & Co. credit cards plunged 40% for the average U.S. family at the start of the coronavirus slowdown, an “enormous” drop that […]
April 6, 2020

Consumer Expectations Deteriorate in March

Americans increasingly were worried about losing their jobs and expected to curb their growth in spending in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, a March survey […]