CONSUMER LATE PAYMENTS INCREASE
Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin issued by the
American Bank Association recently reported that more
people have made late payments on their consumer loans
in the last quarter of 2006 than ever before.
The ABA did a survey of 400 banks nationwide. This study
found that the increase in late payments for consumer
loans was 30 days or more. Also, a study of credit card
accounts reported that late payments increased by over
5% for 2006!
The most likely contributing factors
for the late payments were the interest rate increases
imposed by the Federal Reserve as well as the high cost
of gas. The result of these increased expenses has
lowered the amount of the amount of money
available to make repayments.
However, there is renewed hope for recovery for consumers
that have become delinquent on their consumer loans.
This is because the Fed has stopped raising interest
rates and the gas prices have been declining.
On the contrary, there is another problem. Homeowners are
hurting from the decline in home values. Also home sales
are down, making the market more competitive.
Until recently, rising home values have increased wealth
and had been a source of liquidity for borrowers which
enabled consumers to spend out of savings.
Below is a detailed breakdown of the increase in late
payments for the various types of consumer loans:
Boat loan delinquencies rose to 0.85% from 0.79%.
RV loan delinquencies rose to 0.82% from 0.76%.
Mobile home loan delinquencies rose to 4.01% from 3.37%.
Personal loan delinquencies rose to 1.90% from 1.75%.
Property improvement loan delinquencies rose to 1.52%
Auto loan delinquencies rose to 2.05% from 1.90%.
Listed below are some warning signs that you are
overextending your credit:
- Making only the minimum payment for credit cards
and/or loans every month.
- You are always out of money.
- Payments have been late for important debts like your
rent or mortgage or auto loan.
- It is taking you longer to pay-off your balances.
- You begin borrowing from one lender to pay off
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dealing with money issues.
Listed below are some simple solutions for gaining
control of your debt:
- Contact your creditors and see if you can develop a
- Do not incur any more debt to your
Filing bankruptcy should be avoided because of its
long-term effects, i.e. damaging your credit for seven
years, hurting your ability to get approved for any type
of credit, increasing interest rates.
- Consider enrolling in a
debt consolidation program.
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