Entries by Debtmerica

Lenders willing to extend more credit card financing

Consumers who want more power to deal with credit card debt were likely able to find it last year as a result of slackening underwriting standards for the nation’s largest lenders. Last year, credit qualifications broadened for 35 percent of the 20 major financial institutions that issued credit cards, according to the latest Annual Survey […]

Subprime consumers gaining more access to credit

Consumers who may have had their credit card debt written off as uncollectable in the past might now be able to once again begin borrowing. Data suggests that the extension of new lines of credit, and particularly creditcards, to consumers with subprime credit card ratings has expanded 41 percent in the last year, according to […]

Experts recommend reasonable approach to credit card debt

With millions still struggling with large outstanding balances, consumers who are trying to reduce their credit card debt should do so responsibly by exploring all their available options. Many consumers are now attempting to get out from under their large credit card balances, and experts generally recommend that they do so as responsibly as possible […]

Charge off rates driven down by more hiring

Delinquent and defaulted credit card debt has been on the decline for some time now, and new data suggests that instances of both are tied very closely to unemployment rates. As the effects of the recession slip away and employers continue to expand their hiring practices, it’s expected that consumers will make more on-time payments […]

Credit card debt rises as borrowers increase spending

One of the nation’s largest lenders and payment processors found that consumers took on more credit card debt but fell behind on payments less often between March and May. In that three-month period, Discover Financial Services saw both the dollar value of purchases on its branded credit cards and the number of transactions it processed […]

May saw fewer delinquencies and defaults

Consumers continued to make on-time payments into their outstanding credit card debt in May, despite experts' predictions that late accounts might increase. Economic indicators such as a disappointing jobs report ledsome experts to speculate that instances of both delinquency and default would increase for the nation's top six credit card lenders in May, but that […]

Credit card debt plaguing fewer consumers post-recession

The recent economic downturn caused many consumers to reassess the ways in which they dealt with credit card debt, and millions seem to have been successful in slashing their reliance on their accounts. Between 2007 and 2010, the amount of credit card debt carried by the average American family as a portion of their total […]

Consumers using credit and debit cards more often

Though consumers are now being far more cautious about dealing with credit card debt, they are still relying on those accounts, and their debit cards, more often than cash when making purchases from retailers. Debit and credit, respectively, have both surpassed cash and checks as the most common type of payments at real-world retail stores […]

April sees credit card debt tumble

The amount consumers owed in credit card debt fell in April, in keeping with the recent trend of fluctuations in these balances from one month to the next. Consumers' balances on revolving credit accounts – that is, balances that can be added to and subtracted from between one month and another, most commonly associated with […]