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Credit Recovery in 2011: 10 Things to Watch for in Credit Market Trends

Written by Janet Dedrick on January 17, 2011 in Credit  |   1 comment

Credit Recovery in 2011: 10 Things to Watch for in Credit Market Trends With the nature of this recession and its wide-reaching impact, I’ll be looking out for several things in 2011: 1. Changes in financial behaviors: When will we see a return to traditional…


Credit Recovery in 2011: 10 Things to Watch for in Credit Market Trends

With the nature of this recession and its wide-reaching impact, I’ll be looking out for several things in 2011:

1. Changes in financial behaviors: When will we see a return to traditional behaviors?

2. Consumers’ adaptability: How will consumers adapt to the new credit environment?

3. Consumers’ state of mind: Where is the lingering financial malaise?

4. Credit originations: Specifically subprime credit originations. I’ll be looking at:

  • Pace of credit-origination growth
  • Consumer behaviors when credit demand exceeds supply, such as using credit substitutes

5. New credit use: Does the average new card balance deviate considerably from prerecession levels?

6. Cautious consumer spending: Lenders have discouraged consumers from using credit through anemic originations, pervasive line reductions on cards, and closing inactive cards. Will these behaviors keep consumer spending down in 2011?

7. Return of consumer spending: As I talked about last year, there have been some early signs of credit growth (auto loans, deleveraging debt). Will these consumer and lender behaviors continue to progress us toward credit growth?

8. Consumer confidence: Overall consumer confidence is low, but I will be watching to see which consumers are confident in their finances and comfortable again with credit cards.

9. Credit card usage: How are consumers using their cards? How does this compare to overall spending? Can I see new patterns in consumer spending and payment habits?

10. Lines of credit: In 2010, lines of credit were lower and capped for risk control and new regulatory requirements. Will we start to see lines of credit increase in 2011?

That’s what I’ll be keeping an eye on in the credit market in 2011. Come back every month to the Equifax Personal Finance Blog to see my most recent findings.

1 comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why is it that when you start to need your credit score, they come in an start removing your older good credit? I have to request any old negative credit, they sure don’t take that off without one asking. This seems unfair. I had an older good account that was over 26 years old. I closed the account years ago and no one touched it until I was getting ready to purchase a home. Now it seems like I have to watch every month to see who is going to reduce my score again.
    Is there a way to stop this?
    Thanks


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