September Default Rates Up for Most Loan Types

by devteam October 18th, 2011 | Share

Default levels rose in all creditrncategories except auto loans in September according to data from S&PrnIndices and Experian.  The month-to-monthrnchanges represented the first increases in some of the loan indices in morernthan a year.  The increases affected fourrnout of five regions tracked by the ratings agencies with the New York regionrnhaving the most dramatic rise, going from 1.80 (all index numbers are expressedrnas a percent) to 2.01.</p

The Composite Index, which includes fourrnloan types, first and second mortgages, credit cards, and auto loans, rose fromrn1.92 percent in August to 1.99 in September. rnIn September 2010 this index was at 3.14.  The index measuring first mortgage defaultsrnwent from 1.92 in August to 1.99 in September and was 3.02 a year earlier. Thisrnwas the first increase in this index since November 2010. Second mortgages rosernfrom 1.27 to 1.32 percent compared to 2.14 a year ago.  The biggest change was in the bank cardrndefault rate which jumped from 5.26 to 5.36. rnThe default rate a year earlier was 7.04.  Defaults in auto loans were down from 1.31 inrnAugust and 2.04 a year ago to 1.29. </p

“While this is onlyrnone month of data, we have not seen so many increases in default rates in aboutrna year or more,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of thernIndex Committee for S&P Indices. Given the fragile state of both therneconomy and consumer confidence we will have to closely monitor these data overrnthe next few months to determine if September was just a temporary blip or thernreversal of the recent trend.”</p


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Steven A Feinberg (@CPAsteve) of Appletree Business Services LLC, is a PASBA member accountant located in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

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