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US Consumers Tap Out: Personal Savings Rate Plunges To 10 Year Low While Americans Splurge

The latest confirmation that the US consumer is now effectively tapped out came moments ago when the Dept of Commerce reported that in November, Personal Income rose by a lower than expected 0.3% (exp. 0.4%), while US consumers continued to splurge at an accelerated rate, with personal spending rising 0.6%, above the 0.5% expected, as […]


Credit Card Debt Suddenly Surges 18% As U.S. Consumers “Pre-Spend” Tax Relief Savings

With Republicans in Washington D.C. on the verge of passing their first major piece of legislation in the form of comprehensive tax cuts that will allow Americans across the income spectrum to keep a little more of their hard earned cash in 2018, it appears as though eager U.S. consumers may have already “pre-spent” their […]


How Fed Rate Hikes Impact US Debt Slaves

Authored by Wolf Richter via WolfStreet.com, But savers are still getting shafted. Outstanding “revolving credit” owed by consumers – such as bank-issued and private-label credit cards – jumped 6.1% year-over-year to $977 billion in the third quarter, according to the Fed’s Board of Governors. When the holiday shopping season is over, it will exceed $1 […]


US Credit Card Debt Surges Above $1 Trillion, Just Shy Of All Time Highs As Student, Car Loans Breach Records

Earlier in 2017, using the latest – and soon to be revised – Fed data, newspapers and financial media reported that US consumer credit card debt had risen above $1 trillion for the first time since the financial crisis. Ironically, just a few months later the Fed revised its data series sharply lower, sending the […]


Surging Household Debt Is Forcing More New Yorkers To Rely On Food Pantries

As US stock benchmarks smash through one record high after the next – a central-bank driven phenomenon that disproportionately benefits the wealthy at the expense of the middle-class and working poor – booming credit-card debt is forcing more New Yorkers to seek assistance at the city’s food pantries this holiday season, according to a report […]


DiMartino Booth Warns Pressure On US Households Is Intensifying

Authored by Danielle DiMartino Booth, Behind the rosy economic headlines, consumer stresses have continued to build and are likely to worsen… Is the U.S. economy enjoying a honeymoon, or is this merely a hiatus? Although this isn’t a subject of discussion among most economists, there will be both good and bad associated with three hurricanes […]


BofA Beats Despite 22% Plunge in FICC Revenue, Credit Loss Provision Jumps 15%

Mirroring the pattern set by JPM and Citi yesterday, Bank of America reported revenue and earnings that modestly beat expectations, with Q3 revenue of $21.8BN and $22.1BN on an adjusted, FTE basis, just above the $21.9BN consensus estimate, generating net income of $5.6 billion (up 13% Y/Y), and EPS of $0.48, above the $0.46 estimate, […]


The “Missing Slide”: JPM Credit Card Charge-Offs Just Shy Of Four Year Highs

While JPM was quick to provide all the favorable data in its earnings presentation (and not so favorable when it comes to the unexpectedly sharp, 27% drop in its fixed income revenues) one thing was conspicuously missing: the slide on "Mortgage Banking And Card Services" which has traditionally been part of the bank's earnings presentation […]


America’s ‘Fake’ Stability & Boobs On Credit

Authored by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog, Do you ever hear something so startlingly mind numbingly ridiculous you realize it must be a sign things have gotten so fucked up something has got to give? As I was driving to work yesterday morning on the Schuylkill Expressway a commercial comes on the radio […]


Here’s What Your Identity Sells For On The Dark Web

Millions of Americans who trusted Equifax with sensitive personal and financial data, including social security numbers and credit-card information, are now nervously wondering whether they will be among the unlucky minority of affected customers whose identities are successfully “repurposed” by online criminal groups. One researcher from security firm SecureWorks shared some details about today’s burgeoning […]


Equifax Hack Slams Already-Struggling Store-Branded Credit-Card Lenders

Equifax’s disclosure that hackers had absconded with the personal data of 143 million Americans after exploiting a vulnerability in the company’s cyber defenses that was largely the result of negligence has sent its shares spiraling 37% lower. And now, Bloomberg is warning that the shares of certain troubled lenders – which have already largely underperformed […]


“Somebody Goes To Jail” – Senator Says Equifax Execs Should Face Criminal Investigation

Little more than a day after Equifax disclosed that hackers had infiltrated its cybersecurity systems and “compromised” the personal data of 143 million Americans, the company was hit with its first class-action lawsuit, which alleged that the company could’ve prevented the breach if hadn’t instead opted for negligent cost-cutting. That suit, seeking $70 billion, was […]


Americans Seen “Flirting With Financial Disaster” As 2Q Credit Card Debt Soars Back To 2008 Highs

With credit card data in for Q2 2017, American households look to once again be on a collision course with the ever-elusive $1 trillion goal that narrowly escaped their clutches in 2008.  With nearly $940 billion in credit card debt outstanding, 2Q 2017 marked the second highest consumer revolving debt balance since the previous peak […]


$102 Billion In Credit Card Debt, Student And Auto Loans Was Just “Wiped Away”

While there were few surprises on the surface of today’s latest monthly Federal Reserve consumer credit report, which showed that in July total consumer credit increased by $18.5 billion, more than the $15.0 billion expected, on the back of a $2.6 billion increase in revolving credit coupled with $15.9 billion in non-revolving credit… … there […]


With Scumbags Like This, It’s Easy To Understand Why Bitcoin Is At $4400…

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, File this one away under ‘utterly repulsive’. As you probably heard, yesterday the US-based credit reporting agency Equifax announced a massive cyberattack that affects as many as 143 million consumers. Names. Birth dates. Addresses. Social Security Numbers. Even some credit card numbers were stolen. Literally over one third of […]