Consumers with HELOCs have the highest average credit score

Posted on Mar 31 2013 by

While the overall average VantageScore® for consumers in Q4 2012 was 748, the average score can vary greatly by specific loan product. For example, the average VantageScore for consumers with a home equity line of credit is 864, which is the highest average score for all products, reflecting tighter lending requirements. Student loans have the lowest average VantageScore of 695.

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Increase debit card usage to drive revenue

Posted on Mar 24 2013 by

Spending on debit and prepaid cards in the United States topped $2 trillion in 2011, with 75 percent of this purchase volume being non-ATM transactions. The evolution of marketing knowledge and tactics for the U.S. debit card market can be applied to other countries migrating payment from cash to noncash transactions.

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Small firms struggling to pay credit obligations

Posted on Mar 17 2013 by

The Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit Index tumbled in Q4 2012, falling 6.8 points to 97.3 from 104.1 in the previous quarter. This is the second consecutive quarterly decline and is the index’s lowest reading since Q3 2011. The drop in the index was driven primarily by a rise in delinquent balances as a slowdown in personal income growth pulled retail sales lower.

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Auto lending still healthy despite increase

Posted on Mar 10 2013 by

Experian Automotive’s Q4 2012 credit trends analysis found that 60-day delinquencies rose from 0.72 percent in Q4 2011 to 0.74 percent in Q4 2012. It was the first time in three years that 60-day delinquencies experienced a year-over-year increase.

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Study recommends monitoring security and privacy practices of vendors

Posted on Mar 03 2013 by

According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, 65 percent of study participants say their organization has had a data breach in the past two years involving consumer data outsourced to a third party. Most of these are preventable, as employee negligence accounts for 45 percent of data breaches and lost or stolen devices account for 40 percent.

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Most “unscoreable” consumers are not subprime

Posted on Feb 24 2013 by

The average unscoreable consumer has a good job and a better-than-adequate credit profile. Sixty-one percent of unscoreable consumers hold professional level or skilled labor jobs, 30 percent have credit profiles that fall into the super prime/prime category and 20 percent are considered near-prime.

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Almost half of consumers want to improve credit scores

Posted on Feb 03 2013 by

According to a recent survey that asked Americans about their understanding of credit scores 83 percent have checked their credit scores and nearly half (42 percent) want to improve credit scores, but don’t know how. Sixty-five percent of respondents indicated they consider their credit score when engaging in credit-related activities such as applying for a new card or skipping a payment. When it comes to gender and credit, women (68 percent) are more likely than men (61 percent) to consider their credit score before making credit usage decisions.

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Most consumers see score improvement

Posted on Jan 27 2013 by

Roughly 70 percent of credit scores change by up to 20 points in any given 90-day window. Most consumers experience a score improvement rather than a score drop, with 56 percent of consumers shifting higher, 34 percent shifting lower and 10 percent staying the same.

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First mortgage default rate drives increase in national credit default rate

Posted on Jan 21 2013 by

The December release of the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed the national composite* increased for the second consecutive month, reaching 1.64 percent in November. The first mortgage default rate also continued its increase, moving from 1.47 percent in October to 1.58 percent in November. All other loan types – auto loans, bankcard and second mortgage – posted decreases in their default rates in November.

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Two-thirds of the national population has one or more bankcards

Posted on Jan 12 2013 by

Bankcard originations have continued to increase, with Q3 2012 originations increasing 32 percent over Q3 2011. On average, 66 percent of the population now holds one or more bankcards. However, the percentage of consumers who have a bankcard varies greatly by VantageScore® tier:

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