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Credit Card Delinquencies, Chargeoffs Rise Again; Bank of America Has Credit Card Headaches

Credit Card Delinquencies, Chargeoffs Rise Again; Bank of America Has Credit Card Headaches

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Given there has been a financial recovery of sorts, but no recovery at all on main street, it should not be surprising to see Credit-Card Delinquencies Rise Again.

The rate of charge-offs on U.S. credit cards rose more than a half-percentage point in November, snapping a two-month run of drops from an all-time high in August, and delinquencies rose for the fourth consecutive month, Moody’s Investors Service said.

Charge-offs, which are those loans a credit-card company doesn’t think it will be able to collect, were 10.6% for November, compared with 10% in October. The ratings firm also said the delinquency rate, which gives a glimpse of issuers’ potential losses and how much they may need to set aside in reserves, rose to 6.2% in November.

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When Bank of America Corp.’s new chief executive takes over next week, one of the first problems he will face is one he’s already been grappling with—the bank’s credit-card business.

"We gave a lot of cards out to our customers," Mr. Moynihan said in a Nov. 5 speech. "We were giving them to too many people." He discussed a "repositioning" of the business that would rely less on borrowing and more on card transactions, while acknowledging that the business won’t be as big or as profitable as it used to be.

Bank of America is the second-largest U.S. card issuer, after J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and the card division accounts for 23% of BofA’s revenue through the first nine months of 2009. Yet cards also lost $4.5 billion during that same period, making it the worst-performing Bank of America business line. It also had a default rate higher than other major rivals, at 13%.

The current problems have their root in Bank of America’s push to become No. 1 in the card business. In 2006, it purchased MBNA Corp., one of the nation’s biggest credit card issuers, for $35 billion, hoping to combine the card company’s marketing and underwriting skills with its own massive branch network.

But in its pursuit of market share, Bank of America made poor underwriting


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Cure Rates On Prime Loans Drops Ominously

Cure Rates On Prime Loans Drops Ominously

Courtesy of Tom Lindmark at But Then What

This is a pretty important bit of information from HousingWire.

A slower cure rate among delinquent loans erased improvements in the number of loans rolling into delinquency status among US residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), according to Fitch Ratings.

Cure rates decrease as fewer delinquent loans return to current payment status each months. The prime cure rate slipped from an average 45% during ‘00-’06 to 6.6% today. Alt-A cure rates dropped to 4.3% from an average 30.2% and subprime cure rates fell to 5.% from an average 19.4%.

“Recent stability of loans becoming delinquent do not take into account the drastic decrease in delinquency cure rates experienced in the prime sector since the peak of the housing market,” said managing director Roelof Slump in a corporate statement.

“Whereas prime had previously been distinct for its relatively high level of delinquency recoveries,” Slump added, “by this measure prime is no longer significantly outperforming other sectors.”

The article suggests that the decline in cure rates is related to the fact that so many borrowers are underwater. Obviously, that’s a factor but I think that there might be a couple of other reasons.

For one, Fannie and Freddie let their loan standards slip markedly in the time period mentioned in the Fitch study. While they more or less held the line on FICO scores, they continued to underwrite higher and higher LTV loans and their debt service requirements were stretched beyond reason, or at least beyond reason if you factored in anything other than a good economy.

The second factor is the economy. More to the point, I don’t think that the statistics are truly capturing the hit to income that a lot of homeowners are taking. The unemployment rate is the headline number but a toll is being taken on households as salary reductions and enforced furloughs spread through the economy. In many cases, homeowners were operating on too thin a margin for the hit they’re taking and can’t cure their delinquencies by tightening their belts any further. There just isn’t any fat left to cut in a lot of budgets.

Unless the trend in cure rates starts to move the other way, any improvement in overall delinquencies is not going make a meaningful difference. Quite the contrary, we might be looking…
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New home sales flat, delinquencies surge

Courtesy of Tim Iacono at The Mess That Greenspan Made

New home sales flat, delinquencies surge

The Commerce Department reported(.pdf) a modest increase in new home sales during April, far less than analysts had expected, and sales prices continued to tumble.

IMAGE April new home sales rose 0.3 percent to an annual rate of 352,000, up from a downwardly revised level of 351,000 in March that was previously reported as 356,000 units.

The median sales price rose 3.7 for the month but fell 14.9 percent from a year ago to just $209,700, a figure that is still heavily influenced by builder incentives that, in many cases, total many thousands of dollars.

In an optimistic sign for the depressed home building industry, the inventory of unsold homes dropped to its lowest level in eight years, down 4.2 percent in April to 297,000, helping to reduce the supply of unsold homes to just 10.1 months, the lowest reading since February of last year.

The bigger housing news this morning was probably the Mortgage Bankers Association report that mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures rose to new all-time highs during the first quarter of the year.

The U.S. delinquency rate rose to 9.1 percent and 1.4 percent of all home loans entered foreclosure between January and March, both figures the highest ever since the organization began keeping records back in 1972.

Of course, mortgage rates that are now surging even faster than foreclosure rates are not going to make it any easier for the housing market to rebound. While Freddie Mac reported 30-year fixed mortgage rates rising to 4.91 percent in their weekly survey, in a WSJ report from this morning, mortgage data publishing firm HSH Associates said that average 30-year mortgage rates jumped from 5.03 percent to 5.29 percent just yesterday.

It looks like the Federal Reserve needs to get busy buying some more U.S. Treasuries and mortgage securities or, before we know it, freakishly low long-term rates (widely believed to be a necessary prerequisite for an economic recovery) will soon be a thing of the past.

 


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Only 73% OF Americans Are "Likely To Adhere To The Law"

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Rallies Slow As Semiconductors Tag Resistance

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Friday saw the indices close near the lows of the day as Semiconductors tagged resistance and its 20-day MA. Supporting technicals offered a mix of bullish and bearish markets but shorts have their opportunity with a stop above 1,334.


The S&P edged a close above the bullish mid-line in stochastics along with a 'buy' in On-Balance-Volume. However, the index also experienced a relative loss against Small Caps as it struggles to attract new buyers.

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The Great Bear Market Of 2018

Courtesy of Lance Roberts, RealInvestmentAdvice.com

The Bear Market Of 2018

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As Bitcoin Nears $11,000, Here's A History Of Its Biggest Ups And Downs

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The cryptocurrency rebound off Feb 5th's bloodbath lows (below $6,000 for Bitcoin) has been impressive, as a 'mysterious' massive buyer 'bought the dip' and momentum took care of the rest.

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How propagandist beat science – they did it for the tobacco industry and now it's in favor of the energy companies:

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