An Epic survey conducted this week revealed that half of consumers have used the same bank for checking for over 10 years, with friction associated with switching being the primary “new purchase” hurdle
Is Small Business Lending Headed for a Repeat of ‘08/’09?
Small business credit suffered disproportionately in the ’08/’09 recession, with many portfolios’ loss rates going from historic averages of 4%-5% to 20%+ and small business card company Advanta going out of business
It’s too early to read the effect of the current downturn on small business, but if OnDeck is any indication, things could again get rough for the sector
At the end of April, OnDeck reported that 45% of its loans were in some stage of delinquency
Early Post-Forbearance Delinquency Holding Up, Balances Drop
TransUnion’s June “Monthly Snapshot” shows May to June declines in average bankcard balance, delinquency, and the number of accounts in forbearance
The earliest post-forbearance data points are positive
As has been previously noted, delinquency has been artificially positive due to widespread forbearance programs and supplemental government consumer payments
A JPMorgan report shows dramatic positive change in consumer spending for those who have begun receiving benefits payments
The TU data conforms with issuers’ Q2 earnings reports, citing favorable post-forbearance behavior
Issuers also broadly reported lower overall balances, with most issuers showing declines of 10%+ since year-end 2019
A TU survey also shows that credit card bills are at the top of consumers’ lists of payment concerns, which may be another indication of future asset quality deterioration
Annecdotal reports of bankcard issuers tightening credit standards are born out from an Equifax report showing a sharp rise in average FICO score for the relatively low volume of recently acquired credit card accounts
McKinsey forecasts point of sale financing to grow at 20% per year from 2018-2021, with companies such as AfterPay, Affirm, and Klarna gaining prominence
A study by Lightspeed/Mintel reveals that younger people prefer these “digital layaway” products over credit cards
With card acquisition at the lowest point in recent history, which issuers will have the tools to take advantage of the dearth of competition to prudently grow their portfolios?
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