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Is Record-High Consumer Debt a Good or Bad Thing?

The Federal Reserve issued its report on consumer credit Monday afternoon, and the news is that consumer credit rose in November 2017 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 8.8%. ...
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US Auto Loans Up 6% Year Over Year, Total Now $1.12 Trillion

Whether U.S. consumers are purchasing a new or a used car, the odds are very high that an auto loan is involved. Some 85.5% of all new car buyers and ...
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US Credit Card Debt Takes Aim at $1 Trillion

It's taken a little longer than originally estimated, but the total amount of U.S. consumer credit card debt is about to reach $1 trillion. At the end of last year, ...
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6 Most Important Things in Business Today

Alphabet Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google fired the employee who wrote an anti-diversity memo. The document was widely circulated in by the press. Uber's chairman wrote a note to the company's staff ...
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Consumer Reports: These Credit Cards Offer Best Cash Back Deals

Over the past few years, the percentage of credit cards that offer cash back reward programs has doubled. About half of all credit cards now offer some cash back reward ...
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Consumer Credit Card Losses and Risks Growing at Major Banks

Some consumers feel ripped off at the notion of paying 18% interest rates, or even higher, on their credit cards. The issue isn't just about being gouged. Consumers tend to have ...
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Why Are Credit Scores About to Rise?

Beginning this weekend, the three major credit bureaus will implement policy changes that in many cases will result in an increase in consumers’ credit scores. TransUnion, Equifax and Experian will ...
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Credit Card Defaults Hitting 4-Year Highs

Whether an investor, a business owner or an average working person, every single one of us has to worry about the broad economic trends. We can all remember the pain ...
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As Household Debt Hits New Highs in 2017, Serious Delinquency Rates Are Rising

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has released its Household Debt and Credit Report for the first quarter of 2017. While the economy has been recovering and while things ...
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More Than 1 Million New Defaulted Student Loans in 2016

At the end of last year, some 42.4 million Americans owed $1.3 trillion in federal direct student loans. The total number of defaulted federal direct loans rose by 1.1 million, ...
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American Household Debt Almost Back at Pre-Recession Levels

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Center for Microeconomic Data has released its reading for the level of household debt for the fourth quarter of 2016. As the headline ...
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How Amazon’s New 5% Rewards Card Compares With Costco’s Rewards Card

Giving its customers yet another reason to pay the $99 annual fee for Prime membership, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced a new Amazon ...
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Consumer Credit Rose Again in October

Consumer Credit might not be a market moving event, but it is an important issue to find out what consumers are financing, how they are financing it, and how much ...
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Why American Express Shares May Fall Even Further

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) may still have Warren Buffett as a massive and long-term shareholder, but the news flow just has not been favorable for the credit card issuer. ...
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Credit Managers Showed Recovery in September

Most economists and investors might be tempted to overlook the national Credit Managers Index (CMI) released by the National Association of Credit Management each month. The reading never moves the ...
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