The downward shift in credit scores reflects several factors: auto repossessions, bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment. "It is the perfect storm," says one consumer credit expert.
There are still major concerns about Europe's economy and sovereign default is still a possibility, but the U.S. may be heading into even stronger headwinds with the rollover of loans having the potential to become "subprime mark two," according to Yogi Dewan, founder of Hassium Asset Management in London.
The rising demand for credit and payment services worldwide makes global financial heavyweight Citigroup a solid buy, Richard Bove, senior vice president of equity research at Rochdale Securities, told CNBC Tuesday.
Gander Mountain charged that on co-branded cards—these are cards that can be used anywhere as a Gander Mountain Master Card—ADS won’t give credit to Gander Mountain customers with FICO scores above 800.
Consumers rarely emerge from debt settlement programs with their credit card balances eliminated, critics say, and many wind up worse off, with severely damaged credit, reports the New York Times.
Consumer borrowing posted an unexpected increase in March, only the second gain in the last 14 months. It could be a sign that households are feeling more confident about boosting spending, a key development needed to support a sustained economic recovery.
Most banks are seeing weaker demand for loans from both consumers and businesses, one of the forces restraining the vigor of the economic recovery.
American Express reported a profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations on Thursday, sending the company's shares higher in after-hours trading.
The mood was decidedly upbeat at the economic symposium in Charlotte this week—a stark contrast to what happened in 2007.
US financial companies still have more than a $1 trillion on their balance sheets, but analysts say they are unlike to stem the recent rally in financials.
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MasterCard is set to introduce a Web shopping mall on Monday that it says can pinpoint with considerable accuracy what its cardholders are likely to purchase. The NYT explains.
Consumer borrowing fell again in February, reflecting weakness in credit cards and auto loans. It marks a setback to hopes that consumers are beginning to feel more confident and will start spending more.
Late payments for most types of consumer loans decreased in the final quarter of last year, a new industry survey shows.
When the financial crisis froze markets and drove the U.S. economy deeper into recession, the Federal Reserve stepped in. Now it is stepping out , and that leaves two important questions for investors.
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Gift and travel rewards were the rage before, but the recession has made many consumers opt for cash-back options in their credit cards.
As unemployment nears 10 percent and with no end in sight for the worst downturn in the job markets since the Great Depression, a structural change is occurring in the American workforce that is forcing many of us to become more self-reliant on matters of retirement.
After years of profiting from debt-ridden credit-card holders, banks, faced with tight new regulations, are aggressively targeting wealthier card holders, to try to get them to pay more —and generate more revenue.