The most debt-free states

Posted on Sep 29 2013 by

According to data from Experian’s IntelliViewSM, Iowa residents carry the lowest average credit card balance per consumer in the U.S. with an average balance of $2,904, as of the second quarter of 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, the state with the highest average credit card balance is Alaska, where residents carry an average credit card balance of $4,706. New Jersey citizens are close behind with an average balance of $4,523.


Auto financing continues steady growth

Posted on Sep 22 2013 by

According to Experian’s latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report, a record 84.5% of consumers who acquired a new vehicle in Q2 2013 used either a loan or a lease to fund the purchase – up from 82.5% in Q2 2012. Leases accounted for an all-time high of 27.6% of new vehicles financed during the second quarter, up from 24.4% in Q2 2012.


Bankcard default rate reaches new low despite overall default rate increase

Posted on Sep 15 2013 by

After reaching post-recession lows in June, the July S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices showed that default rates increased slightly in several categories. While the national composite,* first mortgage and auto loan default rates all increased, the bankcard default rate continued to decline and hit a new low of 3.22%.


Small-business credit index reaches highest point on record

Posted on Sep 08 2013 by

Small-business credit conditions strengthened in Q2 2013, lifting the Experian/Moody’s Analytics Small Business Credit Index 2.8 points to 111.7 – the highest level since it began tracking. Consumer spending growth was modest, but steady and consumer confidence is at multiyear highs. This is a reassuring signal that consumer spending is unlikely to backtrack in the near future. Furthermore, credit quality improved for every business size, with the total share of delinquent dollars 2.4 percentage points lower than a year ago and at the lowest point on record.


Credit appeal more important than physical attractiveness

Posted on Aug 31 2013 by

According to a recent survey by™, women find financial responsibility more attractive in assessing a romantic partner (96 percent) than physical attractiveness (87 percent) or career ambition (87 percent). Men slightly favor good looks over financial responsibility (92 percent versus 91 percent); however, 20 percent of men surveyed would not marry someone with a poor credit score.


Auto lending market remains strong

Posted on Aug 25 2013 by

According to the Q2 2013 Experian Automotive State of the Automotive Finance Market report, vehicle repossessions reached their lowest rate in seven years, with only 0.36 percent of all vehicle loans reaching repossession. This change is a drop of 14.8 percent over the previous quarter and a 10.4 percent decrease from the previous low of 0.41 percent in Q2 2006.


Refinancing activity slows down mortgage originations

Posted on Aug 18 2013 by

The $478 billion in Q2 2013 mortgage originations is a 10 percent increase over a year ago ($436 billion) but a 7 percent decrease from the previous quarter ($515 billion) — primarily as a result of the slowdown in refinancing activity.


Average bankcard balance shows slight decrease

Posted on Aug 04 2013 by

The average bankcard balance per consumer in Q2 2013 was $3,831, a 1.3 percent decline from the previous year. Consumers in the VantageScore® near prime and subprime credit tiers carried the largest average bankcard balances at $5,883 and $5,903 respectively. The super prime tier carried the smallest average balance at $1,881.


Defaults hit post-recession lows

Posted on Aug 01 2013 by

The June release of the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices showed default rates continued to fall across all categories. The national composite* and the first mortgage default rate both hit new post-recession lows (1.34 percent and 1.23 percent, respectively). The table below summarizes the June 2013 results for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices.


Alaskans use more of their available credit than any other state

Posted on Jul 21 2013 by

Using data from IntelliViewSM, recently compiled a list of states with the highest average bankcard utilization rates. Alaska took first place, with an average utilization ratio of 27.73 percent. This should come as no surprise since Alaska has recently topped lists for highest credit card balances and highest revolving debt.