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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Consumer Delinquency Rate Highest Since Last Recession

by Calculated Risk on 1/03/2008 01:48:00 PM

From Reuters: Consumers late payers on most loans since recession (hat tip Mike_in_Fl)

Americans are falling further behind on consumer loans, with late payments rising to the highest level since the nation's last recession in 2001, data released Thursday show.

In its quarterly study of consumer borrowing, the American Bankers Association said the percentage of loans at least 30 days past due rose to 2.44 percent in the July-to-September period from 2.27 percent in the previous quarter.

The delinquency rate, which covers eight loan categories, was the highest since a 2.51 percent rate in the second quarter of 2001. Late payments on some types of loans rose to levels not seen since the 1990s.
Meanwhile, late payments on "indirect" auto loans, which are made through dealerships, totaled 2.86 percent in the third quarter, a 16-year high.

Credit-card delinquencies fell to 4.18 percent from 4.39 percent in the second quarter.
A nice follow up to my earlier post on auto sales.