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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 […]
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 […]
March 4, 2020

Average FICO Score Reaches All-Time High

The average U.S. FICO score hit a record high of 703 in 2019, driven by Americans in their 30s, as a strong labor market helped people […]
March 3, 2020

New Home Sales at Highest Level Since July 2007

Single-family home sales rose 7.9% to a 764,000 annualized pace in January, exceeding the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey.  The December figure was also revised […]
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 […]
January 8, 2020

Recession Risk Tops CEO List of 2020 Fears

Fear of an economic decline topped the list of U.S. chief executives’ concerns going into 2020, according to a survey from the Conference Board.  The year […]
November 12, 2019

Overall Delinquency Rate Near 20 Year Low

According to the CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Report, 3.7% of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including foreclosure) in […]
October 25, 2019

September New Business Volume up 18%

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed their overall new business volume for September was $10 billion, up 18% year-over-year from new […]