Tag Archive for ‘household balance sheets’

Growth in Consumer Credit Accelerates

According to the Federal Reserve Board, growth in the amount of consumer credit outstanding, this includes outstanding credit extended to individuals for household, family, and other personal expenditures, excluding loans secured by real estate, accelerated in April. According to the release, the amount of consumer credit outstanding increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.7% in April, 1.1 percentage… Read More ›

Student Loans Conditions Vary Across the Country

Student loan debt reflects the cost of an investment in human capital. The typical return on this investment is characterized by both higher wages and a more stable employment. College graduates and those with some college experience tend to have higher wages and lower unemployment rates than their counterparts with a high school degree or less. However, failure to repay… Read More ›

Rental Price Growth Continues to Exceed Overall Inflation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that its measure of consumer prices declined in April. According to the Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumer (CPI), prices faced by consumers declined by 0.4% on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis. This is the second consecutive monthly decline for the index. In March, consumer prices fell by 0.2%. Consumer prices have experienced three… Read More ›

Measures of Consumer Confidence Mixed

Measures of consumer confidence were mixed in April. According to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, the Consumer Sentiment Index fell by 2.8% on a monthly seasonally adjusted basis to 76.4. The final reading of consumer sentiment was revised up from the preliminary reading of 72.3 that was released earlier in the month. Conversely, the Conference Board reported that… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Expands

The total amount of consumer credit outstanding continues to climb. According to the most recent release by the Federal Reserve Board, the total amount of consumer credit outstanding expanded by seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.8% in February to a seasonally adjusted level of $2.8 trillion. This is the eighteenth consecutive monthly increase in consumer credit outstanding. Over this period,… Read More ›

Household Balance Sheets: Fiscal Cliff Impact

During the fourth quarter of 2012, household balance sheets improved with increases in home values and reductions in mortgage debt, thereby boosting household net worth. These are favorable improvements that will help housing demand in 2013. However, since the end of the Great Recession such developments have typically been associated with a decline in the personal savings rate. Due to the Fiscal Cliff, the data… 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 ›

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 ›