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The most debt-free states...

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...

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Auto financing continues steady growth...

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...

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Bankcard default rate reaches new low despite overall ...

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...

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Small-business credit index reaches highest point on r...

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...

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Credit appeal more important than physical attractiven...

According to a recent survey by freecreditscore.com™, women find financial responsibility more attractive in assessing a romantic partner (96 percent) than physical attractiveness (87...

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Auto lending market remains strong...

According to the Q2 2013 Experian Automotive State of the Automotive Finance Market report, vehicle repossessions reached their lowest rate in seven years, with...

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Refinancing activity slows down mortgage originations...

The $478 billion in Q2 2013 mortgage originations is a 10 percent increase over a year ago ($436 billion) but a 7 percent decrease...

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Average bankcard balance shows slight decrease...

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...

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Defaults hit post-recession lows...

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...

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Alaskans use more of their available credit than any o...

Using data from IntelliViewSM, Credit.com recently compiled a list of states with the highest average bankcard utilization rates. Alaska took first place, with an...

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Fraud prevention is key to improving eligibility verif...

A recent survey of government benefit agencies shows an increased need for fraud detection technology to prevent eligibility fraud. Only 26 percent of respondents...

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Credit quality improves markedly in the first quarter...

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...

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Originations are up while delinquency levels reach nea...

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...

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Strategic defaulters not likely to obtain a mortgage i...

Despite the improving real-estate market, financial institutions are concerned about lending to consumers who have pursued strategic defaults. In a recent VantageScore Solutions survey,...

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Study finds notable differences in credit characterist...

A recent study comparing financial differences between men and women found that, overall, women are better at managing money and debt. Differences between the...

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