Dec 11 2016

Welcome back debt! Total household debt rose by $63 billion last quarter pushing total household debt to $12.35 trillion. More than half of the debt increase came through auto loans.

The appetite for debt is now back in a furious way.  Total household debt was up $63 billion last quarter driven largely by auto loans.  Auto loans increased by $32 billion and the amount of auto debt outstanding is stunning.  There is now a total of $1.14 trillion in auto loans floating in our economy.  […]

Dec 2 2015

Unable to afford homes, Americans dive into subprime auto debt to purchase cars: Auto debt getting riskier with extended terms and chasing borrowers with lower credit scores.

The word “subprime” was synonymous with the toxic loans that were made during the credit bubble.  Some tend to think that those days are long gone but we simply have shifted the form in which toxic debt is filtered into the system.  Instead of making no-doc no-income loans on houses, we are now offering no-income […]

Oct 16 2015

The two trillion dollar towers of student and auto debt: As Americans are unable to afford homes, many go deep into debt to finance their education and cars.

As Americans continue to see their income lag inflation, many are unable to purchase homes in a market driven by hot money and a crowding out effect brought on by investors.  But people want to spend money, even money they don’t have.  So instead of buying homes, Americans have been on a car buying spree […]

Mar 22 2015

Driving our way into financial poverty with six-year car loans: Once a minority, six-year or longer auto loans now make up one third of all new loans.

Taking on debt for buying a car is a risky proposition.  Taking on subprime debt for buying a car is simply a bad financial decision.  The subprime loan market is booming for auto loans.  Cars can last longer, require basic maintenance, and typically run better than older models.  That brings up challenges for the auto […]

Aug 14 2014

Will subprime auto loans ignite another credit crisis? Fed reports $101 billion in new auto loans between April and June with a sizable portion being in the form of subprime debt.

Buying a car is a big deal given that the sticker price of an automobile is close to the annual per capita income of an American worker. The average car in the US now costs $31,000. That is a healthy amount of money for a regular working person. Since incomes have gone stagnant for well […]

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