Consumers are taking on longer automotive loans

Posted on Apr 21 2013 by

Findings from Experian’s latest State of the Automotive Finance Market analysis showed the average loan term for a new vehicle jumped to an all-time high of 65 months in Q4 2012, up from 63 months in Q4 2011. More consumers also are opting for leases, with the lease share of new auto financing increasing to 24.79 percent, up from 10.45 percent in Q4 2011.


National credit default rates are in line with other economic trends

Posted on Apr 14 2013 by

The most recent release of the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices showed national credit default rates decreased in February. The national composite* moved from 1.63 percent in January to 1.55 percent in February. First mortgage and bankcard default rates followed a similar pattern. These trends are consistent with other economic news, such as improvements in employment and continuing gains in housing.


New model expands the scoreable universe

Posted on Apr 07 2013 by

Using a more inclusive scoring model such as the new VantageScore® 3.0, lenders can score up to 30 million consumers who are labeled “unscoreable” by traditional models. Nearly 25 percent of these consumers are prime or near-prime credit quality.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.