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The Majority of Mortgages Go to Households with the Strongest Credit

Aggregate household debt balances were unchanged at $11.85 trillion in the second quarter of 2015 according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Housing-related debt, mortgages and home equity lines of credit fell by a combined $66 billion, $55 billion and $11 billion respectively, while non-housing debt, auto loans, credit cards, student loans and other loans, rose by $68… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Grows in Q2 2015

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.0%, $234.5 billion, in the second quarter of 2015, 1.4 percentage points faster than the 5.6% rate of growth recorded in the first quarter of 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.422 trillion. The increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion… Read More ›

Lending Standards Tighten on Land Development and Construction Lending

Credit standards on applications for land development and construction loans or credit lines tightened on net, albeit slightly, over the second quarter of 2015. According to the most recent iteration of the Federal Reserve Board’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, a net share of 1.4% of senior bank respondents reported that lending standards at their respective bank tightened over the… Read More ›

Euro Area Mortgage Debt Outstanding Continues to Expand

In the US, the multi-year decline and the more recent moderate recovery in mortgage debt outstanding has been well documented. However, mortgage debt outstanding in the Euro Area has had a different experience. According to the European Mortgage Federation, and documented in Figure 1 below, mortgage debt outstanding has been rising in recent years. After recording year-over-year increases between 2002,… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Growth Slows

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.7%, $193.0 billion, in May 2015, slower than the 7.6% rate of growth recorded in April 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.401 trillion. The expansion of total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an increase in the outstanding amount of non-revolving consumer credit. Non-revolving… Read More ›

SF Default Rates: One of These Things Is Not Like the Others, One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong

The Financial Accounts of the United States shows continued improvement in the aggregate home equity position of U.S. households. Household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $21.104 trillion in the first quarter of 2015, $1.092 trillion higher than its level, $20.012 trillion, in the first quarter of 2014. At the same time, home mortgage debt… Read More ›

Bank-Holdings of Consumer Credit: All of the Eggs are in One Basket

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.3%, $246.5 billion, in April 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.385 trillion. For the first time in 13 months and the second time in 87 months, the monthly growth rate of revolving credit outstanding outpaced the increase in non-revolving credit. Revolving credit outstanding… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Outstanding: Are Banks Losing Relevance?

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.4%, $246.3 billion, in March 2015. Over the first quarter of 2015, consumer credit outstanding increased by 5.4%. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.363 trillion. The expansion of total consumer credit outstanding largely reflected an increase in the outstanding amount of non-revolving consumer credit…. Read More ›

According to the Survey (SLOOS), Size Really Does Matter

In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they had responded to new guidelines issued by the GSEs on November 20, 2014, on the definition of life-of-loan representation and warranty exclusions. These policies were designed,… Read More ›