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.


Fraud prevention is key to improving eligibility verification

Posted on Jul 14 2013 by

A recent survey of government benefit agencies shows an increased need for fraud detection technology to prevent eligibility fraud. Only 26 percent of respondents currently use fraud detection technology, and 57 percent cite false income reporting as the leading cause of fraud. Insufficient resources and difficulty integrating multiple data sources were the greatest challenges in preventing eligibility fraud.


Credit quality improves markedly in the first quarter

Posted on Jul 07 2013 by

Small-business credit conditions improved in Q1 2013, reversing much of the deterioration seen during Q4 2012. The Q1 rise was fueled primarily by falling delinquency rates in every segment compared with a year earlier. The total share of delinquent dollars was 11.2 percent for Q1 2013 – 1.4 percentage points lower than a year ago.


Originations are up while delinquency levels reach near-record lows

Posted on Jun 23 2013 by

A recent Experian credit trends analysis of new mortgages and bankcards from Q1 2013 shows a 16 percent year-over-year increase in mortgage origination volume and a 20 percent increase in bankcard limits. Providing further evidence of continued economic recovery throughout the nation, mortgage delinquency rates reached multi-year lows and bankcard delinquency rates reached near-record lows.