Banks are becoming more selective when it comes to approving loans for those with less than perfect credit. The data is surprising as many consumers seem to be benefiting from job growth and lower debt levels. However, 11.7% of banks have tightened their standards for auto loans in the first quarter, from 3.3% last year, according to the Federal Reserve and Deutsche Bank.
Credit card standards were strengthened by 8.3% of banks, compared to none in the fourth quarter. With the economy in its eighth year of recovery, lenders are extending their reach to those with cash flow pressures, borrowers at low – and middle class income levels to increase revenue.
The share of delinquent personal loans and credit card debt increased in the third quarter to 3.53% and 1.33% respectively, according to TransUnion and UBS. Out of those consumers surveyed, 18% said they expected to default on a loan payment in the next 12 months, up from 12% in December.
The number of subprime auto loans (those requiring a FICO score of 600 or lower) that were at least 90 days delinquent reached the highest level since 2010 in the third quarter at 6 million. The number of bad loans were by auto finance companies, not banks.
Two-thirds of the households who earn less than $40,000 say financial concerns have increased over the past six months for them. The latest numbers reflect the incomes of many low- to moderate-income working families are not keeping up with the costs of rising health insurance deductibles and monthly expenses.
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