In Depth Analysis: CalculatedRisk Newsletter on Real Estate (Ad Free) Read it here.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Consumer Credit Declines Sharply in August

by Calculated Risk on 10/07/2009 03:00:00 PM

From MarketWatch: U.S. consumer credit falls for 7th straight month

U.S. consumers reduced their debt for the seventh straight month in August, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. Total seasonally adjusted consumer debt fell $11.98 billion, or at a 5.8% annual rate ... In the subcategories, credit-card debt fell $9.91 billion, or 13.1%, to $899.41 billion. This is the record 11th straight monthly drop in credit card debt. Non-revolving credit, such as auto loans, personal loans and student loans fell $2.10 billion or 1.6% to $1.56 trillion.
Cash-for-clunkers probably kept non-revolving credit from falling further - just wait for the September numbers!

Consumer Credit Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the year-over-year (YoY) change in consumer credit. Consumer credit is off 4.4% over the last 12 months. The previous record YoY decline was 1.9% in 1991.

Here is the Fed report: Consumer Credit
Consumer credit decreased at an annual rate of 5-3/4 percent in August 2009. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 13 percent, and nonrevolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 1-1/2 percent.
Note: The Fed reports a simple annual rate (multiplies change in month by 12) as opposed to a compounded annual rate. Consumer credit does not include real estate debt.