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Consumer Credit Expands On Auto, Student Loans

Data released by the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit continued to expand in July, albeit at a slower pace than in the recent past. According to the Federal Reserve’s G.19 survey, consumer credit outstanding grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.4% and now stands at $2.9 trillion. However, the growth in consumer credit outstanding recorded in… Read More ›

Housing Remains a Key Component of Household Wealth

Recently released research by NAHB reaffirms that homeownership is an important component of household wealth accumulation. Part of the reason why the primary residence is an important source of household wealth is because of its size on the household balance sheet. As Figure 1 illustrates, the primary residence represents the largest asset category on the balance sheets of households. At… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Expands, but HELOCs Continue Their Decline

Household debt outstanding rose for the first time in two years. According to data released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, household debt grew by $31.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. The quarter-on-quarter not seasonally adjusted growth in household debt reflected an expansion in outstanding mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, and student loans. In the fourth… Read More ›

Fed Beige Book: Economic Activity Continues to Expand

Anecdotal evidence collected by the Federal Reserve Board’s Summary of Current Conditions, commonly known as the Beige Book, continues to indicate “moderate” economic growth. In its most recent iteration, 10 of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts reported that economic activity in their Districts had expanded at a “moderate” or “modest” pace since the previous Beige Book. The Boston and Chicago… Read More ›

Refinancings Contribute to A Lower Average Mortgage Debt Burden

Mortgage applications eased for the second consecutive week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, was 1.7% lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ending Feb. 15. In the week ending February 8, the market index fell by 6.4%. The most recent decline in weekly seasonally adjusted mortgage… Read More ›

Securitizations of Household Debt Accounted For Bond Market Growth

U.S. bonds outstanding have grown from $2.5 trillion in 1980 to $36.9 trillion in 2011. Over this period mortgage-related and asset-backed securities accounted for much of this increase. According to Chart 1, the amount of mortgage-related and asset-backed securities outstanding grew from $0.1 trillion in 1980 to $10.2 trillion by 2011. The growth in mortgage-related and asset-backed securities exceeded the… Read More ›

Revolving Credit Growth Moderate, but Underlying Dynamics Showing Signs of Recovery

According to the Federal Reserve Board, consumer credit outstanding, which is composed of credit not secured by real estate, expanded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.0% to $2.8 trillion in November. This is the fourth consecutive monthly increase in consumer credit outstanding and the second consecutive month that the monthly increase has risen. Following a 0.8% decline in… Read More ›

National Data Suggest Household Deleveraging Of Credit Card Debt

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose in October on a monthly seasonally adjusted basis. An analysis of the release by NAHB illustrated that the expansion in consumer credit outstanding in 2011 and 2012 reflected growth in auto and student loans while credit card debt fell. This decline in credit card debt outstanding had begun prior… Read More ›