Economy

February 25, 2020

Looser Underwriting May Lead to Jumbo Loan Defaults

Higher home prices play a double-edged sword, reducing affordability and contributing to lenders’ deciding to ease underwriting. However, they can also help delinquent borrowers become current […]
February 24, 2020

Auto Origination Volume Jumped in 3Q2019

Auto loan origination volume continues to increase despite affordability concerns overshadowing the industry, according to TransUnion’s Q4 2019 Industry Insights Report.  In fact, auto originations grew […]
February 20, 2020

Prime Consumers Shift Toward Used Vehicles

As average vehicle loan amounts and monthly payments continue to climb, consumer preferences are shifting to used vehicles as they look to maintain their financial health.  […]
February 18, 2020

New Business Volume Up 5% for 2019

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed their overall new business volume for December was $12.9 billion, up 2% […]
February 17, 2020

Credit Card Debt Rises to $930 Billion

Credit-card debt rose to a record in the final quarter of 2019 as Americans spent aggressively amid a strong economy and job market, and the proportion […]
February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day Spending Sets New Record

It seems like the love for Valentine’s Day is growing every year.  National Retail Federations’ Annual 2020 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey, conducted by Proper Insights & […]
February 13, 2020

Commercial and Multifamily Lending Hits New Record

Despite a drop in multifamily loan volume, industrial, health care, office and retail originations pushed overall multifamily and commercial mortgage lending to unprecedented heights, according to […]
February 5, 2020

Homeownership Reaches Highest Rate Since 2013

The U.S. homeownership rate rose to a six-year high in the fourth quarter, led by gains among young people and low-income Americans. The nationwide rate was […]
February 4, 2020

Affordability Improves; Foreclosure Rate Hits 14-Year Low

With steady home price appreciation and falling interest rates, by some measures the shares of distressed mortgages existing in the market shrunk to record lows, according […]