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National Credit Default Rates Decreased in January 2014 According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices

Two Cities Saw Default Rates Decrease in January 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through January 2014, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed decline in national default rates during the month. The national composite posted 1.34% in January, a marginal decline from 1.35% in December. The first mortgage default rate was 1.26% in January, slightly down from 1.27% last month. The second mortgage posted 0.72% in January, down from 0.76% in December. The auto loan default rate was 1.11% in January, down from 1.12% in the previous month. The bank card rate rose to 2.99%, slightly higher than its historical low of 2.97% set in October 2013.

"The severe weather conditions afflicting the country impacted economic activity," says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices.  Retail sales were down and the labor market conditions were mixed in January data. Overall economic activity  is still subpar. Against this background, consumer default rates have stabilized at levels similar to those seen before the financial crisis.

"All the month to month changes were small. Two out of the five cities saw default rate decreases. Chicago's rate increased the most; it posted 1.75%, 13 basis points higher than last month's level. New York also saw its default rate increase; it posted 1.49%, 11 basis points higher than December's level. Los Angeles posted 1.07%, the same as last month and its lowest default rate since July 2006. Miami maintained the highest default rate and Los Angeles had the lowest.  All cities – Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York remain below default rates posted a year ago, in January 2013."

The table below summarizes the January 2014 results for the S&P/Experian Credit Default Indices. These data are not seasonally adjusted and are not subject to revision.

S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices
National Indices

Index

January 2014
Index Level

December 2013
Index Level

January 2013
Index Level

Composite

1.34

1.35

1.63

First Mortgage 

1.26

1.27

1.58

Second Mortgage 

0.72

0.76

0.69

Bank Cards 

2.99

2.98

3.41

Auto Loans 

1.11

1.12

1.10

Source: S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices
Data through January 2014

The table below provides the S&P/Experian Consumer Default Composite Indices for the five MSAs:

Metropolitan
Statistical Area

January 2014
Index Level

December 2013
Index Level

January 2013
Index Level

New York

1.49

1.38

1.53

Chicago

1.75

1.62

2.07

Dallas

1.14

1.27

1.19

Los Angeles

1.07

1.07

1.81

Miami

2.61

2.74

3.45

Source: S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices
Data through January 2014

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Jointly developed by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and Experian, the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices are published on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am ET. They are constructed to track the default experience of consumer balances in four key loan categories: auto, bankcard, first mortgage lien and second mortgage lien. The Indices are calculated based on data extracted from Experian's consumer credit database. This database is populated with individual consumer loan and payment data submitted by lenders to Experian every month. Experian's base of data contributors includes leading banks and mortgage companies, and covers approximately $11 trillion in outstanding loans sourced from 11,500 lenders.

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