According to data released by Standard and Poor’s and Experian for S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, “default rates nationally fell in May across the board.” Defaulting balances declined among all types of credit lines, including bank card loans, first and second mortgage default rates and auto loans.
Further research from Experian Simmons DataStream underscores this trend. Between November 17, 2008 and May 10, 2010, there has been a 15% increase in the share of major credit card holders who report usually paying their credit card balance in full each month.
This increase is reflected among both VISA and MasterCard credit card holders, during the same time period. Specifically, the percent of VISA and MasterCard credit card holders who usually pay their credit card balance in full increased by 25% and 17%, respectively. During the later part of 2008 and much of the first half of 2009, MasterCard holders were the more likely to pay their card balance in full each month. Today, however, VISA card holders are the more likely to pay the full amount due. As of May 10, 2010, 42% of VISA card holders usually paid their VISA balance in full compared with 40% of MasterCard holders.
American consumers’ attempt to become solvent shows that personal financial responsibility standards are increasing in response to the recent financial crisis.