Tag Archive for ‘household balance sheets’

Consumer Debt Expands on Mortgages, Student and Auto Loans

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently reported that aggregate consumer debt, which includes mortgages, rose by 1.1% or $129 billion over the first quarter of 2014. There is now an estimated $11.7 trillion in aggregate consumer debt outstanding. Total consumer indebtedness has now risen for 3 consecutive quarters; however, it still remains 8.1% below its peak of $12.7… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Expands, But At a Slower Rate

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that growth in consumer credit outstanding decelerated in January 2014. Total consumer credit outstanding rose by 5.3% on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis, but the January growth rate was 0.9 percentage points less than the 6.2% growth rate that took place in December. There is now $3.1 trillion in total consumer credit outstanding. The… Read More ›

House Prices End the Year Higher

Data from Standard and Poor’s indicates that house prices rose in December 2013. According to the release, the seasonally adjusted S&P/Case-Shiller HPI – 20 City Composite rose by 0.8% in December 2013. This is the 23rd consecutive month-over-month increase for the Index. Over this time period, the Index has risen by 21.7%. For the entire year of 2013, the 20… Read More ›

Income Growth Lagging Balance Sheet Improvements

During the second quarter of 2013, household balance sheets improved with increases in home values and reductions in mortgage debt, boosting household net worth. Since the 4th quarter of 2011, the aggregate value of owner-occupied real estate is up nearly $2.8 trillion. However, while balance sheets in aggregate have mended since the end of the Great Recession, income growth continues to lag…. Read More ›

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 ›

Mortgages Less Likely to Become Seriously Delinquent

Data released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that aggregate consumer debt outstanding, which includes mortgages, contracted by 0.7% or $78 billion on a not seasonally adjusted basis in the second quarter of 2013. This is the second consecutive quarter that aggregate consumer debt has declined on a quarter-over-quarter basis and the 7th decline in the past… Read More ›

House Prices See Steady Gains

Nationally, house prices continued to rise in May, contributing to the overall recovery for U.S. housing markets. According to the most recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. house prices rose by 0.7% on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis in May. This is the sixteenth consecutive monthly increase for the House Price Index – Purchase Only. Since January… Read More ›

Soaring Revolving Credit May Not Indicate Strengthening Consumer Demand

The Federal Reserve Board reported that the total amount of consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 8.3% to $2.8 trillion in May, as debt associated with student and car loans, as well as credit card debt rose. In April, consumer credit outstanding rose by 4.6%. The month-over-month increase in consumer credit outstanding reflected acceleration in… Read More ›

Measures of Consumer Confidence Show Mixed Results but Similar Conclusions

Measures of consumer confidence were mixed in June. According to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, the Consumer Sentiment Index was basically unchanged from May, falling by 0.5% on a monthly seasonally adjusted basis to 84.1. The final reading of consumer sentiment was revised up from the preliminary reading of 82.7 that was released earlier in the month. Meanwhile,… Read More ›