US household debt nears $14 tn in Q3…. Delinquencies rise

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Borrowing by American households rose for the 21st straight quarter in the July-September period and is more than $1 trillion above the prior peak set in 2008 at the outset of the global financial crisis, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday.

Amid attractive interest rates, total household debt rose 0.7 percent to $13.95 trillion in the July-September period compared to the prior three months, driven higher by mortgage borrowing as well as student and auto loans, according to the latest quarterly data.

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The quarterly report on household debt shows another record high. Delinquencies are up strongly as well.

Let’s dive into some stats and charts from the New York Fed Third-Quarter Report on Household Debt and Credit.

Key Points

  • Aggregate household debt balances increased by $92 billion in the third quarter of 2019, a 0.7% increase, and now stand at 13.95 trillion.

  • Balances have been steadily rising for five years and in aggregate are now $1.3 trillion higher, in nominal terms, than the previous peak (2008Q3) peak of $12.68 trillion. Overall household debt is now 25.1% above the 2013Q2 trough.

  • Mortgage balances shown on consumer credit reports on September 30 stood at $9.44 trillion, a $31 billion increase from 2019Q2. Balances on home equity lines of credit (HELOC) have been declining since 2009, and this quarter’s decline of $3 billion brings the outstanding balance to $396 billion. Non-housing balances increased by 64 billion in the third quarter, with increases across the board, including $18 billion in auto loans, $13 billion in credit card balances, and $20 billion in student loans.

  • New extensions of credit were strong for the third quarter. Auto loan originations, which include both newly opened loans and leases, remained high in the third quarter, at $159 billion, a small increase from the last quarter’s volume but the second highest ever observed. Mortgage originations, which we measure as appearances of new mortgage balances on consumer credit reports and which include refinances, were at $528 billion, a notable jump from the $445 billion seen in the same quarter last year. Aggregate credit limits on credit cards also increased, by $27 billion, continuing a 10-year upward trend.

  • Credit standards tightened slightly in the third quarter. The median credit score of newly originating borrowers increased in the third quarter for mortgages, to 765, a 6 point increase from the first half of the year. Auto loans also saw tightening in underwriting standards, with an 8 point increase in the median originating credit score. The origination volume remained high, with $30 billion in subprime originations, a level on par with the last several years.

  • Aggregate delinquency rates worsened in the third quarter of 2019. As of September 30, 4.8% of outstanding debt was in some stage of delinquency, a 0.4 percentage point increase from the second quarter due primarily to increases in early delinquency buckets. Of the $667 billion of debt that is delinquent, $424 billion is seriously delinquent (at least 90 days late or “severely derogatory”, which includes some debts that have previously been charged off that the lenders continue to attempt collection).

  • About 186,000 consumers had a bankruptcy notation added to their credit reports in 2019Q3, an improvement from the 215,000 in 2018Q3.

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