consumer

October 31, 2019

Halloween Spending to Reach $8.8 Billion

Consumer retail spending around Halloween is expected to be high but fall slightly short of last year’s total, according to the latest survey from the National […]
October 15, 2019

US Household Finances Show Signs of Trouble

US consumers are finding it increasingly difficult for their incomes to comfortably cover all expenses. This could mean that some will be unable to repay their […]
October 8, 2019

Consumer Credit Climbs Higher Than Expected

U.S. consumer credit increased more than forecast in August as school loans and other non-revolving debt rose by the most in three years. Total credit climbed […]
September 25, 2019

Auto Loan Balances Reach Another Record High

Auto loan amounts increasd in the second quarter with the average new vehicle loan hit $32,119 (up $1,161 YOY).  Average used vehicle loan amounts reached $20,156 […]
September 17, 2019

FICO Scores Reach Record High

The average FICO score stands at 706, a record high, said Ethan Dornhelm, vice president of scores and predictive analytics at FICO. That compares with 686 […]
September 5, 2019

Back to School Spending 2019: By the Numbers

’Tis the (other) season.  As students start back to school and college, families are spending more than ever on school supplies.  “Consumers are in a strong […]
August 16, 2019

Consumer Debt/Economic Concern Raises Mortgage Default Risk

Mortgage default risk rose in the U.S. in Q1 2019 as a result of increased economic risk and borrower risk, according to the recently launched Milliman […]
August 6, 2019

How Do Data Breaches Affect Auto Finance?

In the wake of Capital One Financial’s data breach, auto lenders should evaluate ways to tighten up cybersecurity and identify points of vulnerability. The breach compromised […]
July 12, 2019

33% of Americans Have Cut Their Spending

When it comes to money, do most people prefer to spend, save, donate or invest?  The answer may come as a surprise. Contrary to what you […]