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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Bankruptcy Filings declined 13% in Fiscal 2014, Lowest Filings in Seven Years

by Calculated Risk on 11/05/2014 12:23:00 PM

From the US Court: Fiscal Year Bankruptcy Filings Lowest in Seven Years

Bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts for the fiscal year 2014—the 12-month period ending September 30, 2014—totaled 963,739, down 13 percent from the 1.1 million bankruptcy filings in FY 2013, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. This is the lowest number of bankruptcy filings for any 12-month period since 2007.
The number of filings for the fiscal year ending Sept 2014 were the lowest since 2007.

non business bankruptcy filings Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the business and non-business bankruptcy filings by year since 1987.

The sharp decline in 2006 and 2007 was due to the so-called "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005". (a good example of Orwellian named legislation since this was more a "Lender Protection Act").

Other than 2007, this was the lowest level for filings since 1995. This is another indicator of an economy mostly recovered from the housing bust and financial crisis.