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Haver Analytics
| Dec 07 2023

Consumer Credit Growth Ebbs in October

  • Nonrevolving & revolving credit usage both slow.
  • Nonrevolving bank borrowing & revolving finance company loans decline y/y.

Consumer credit increased $5.2 billion during October (3.1% y/y) after rising $12.2 billion in September, revised from $9.1 billion. A $9.3 billion rise had been expected in the Action Economics Forecast Survey. The ratio of consumer credit outstanding to disposable personal income held steady at 24.4% but has been declining since a 25.4% December 2022 high.

Nonrevolving credit balances, which reflect secured and unsecured credit for big-ticket items, such as autos, mobile homes, trailers, durable goods and vacations, rose $2.2 billion (1.0% y/y) in October following a $7.8 billion September gain. Bank borrowing fell 1.7% y/y while finance company loans rose 6.2% y/y. Credit union loans rose 6.4% y/y while Federal government loans declined 1.4% y/y.

Revolving credit improved $2.9 billion (9.3% y/y) in October after rising $4.4 billion in September. Credit card balance growth continued to slow, rising 9.9% y/y versus 17.0% y/y growth in October 2022. Revolving loans at finance companies fell 6.8% y/y while credit union borrowing gained 13.0% y/y.

The consumer credit figures from the Federal Reserve Board are break-adjusted and calculated by Haver Analytics. The breaks in the series in 2005, 2010 and 2015 are the result of the incorporation of data from the Census and the Survey of Finance Companies, as well as changes in the seasonal adjustment methodology. The consumer credit data are available in Haver’s USECON database. The Action Economics forecast figures are contained in the AS1REPA database.

  • Prior to joining Haver Analytics in 2000, Mr. Moeller worked as the Economist at Chancellor Capital Management from 1985 to 1999. There, he developed comprehensive economic forecasts and interpreted economic data for equity and fixed income portfolio managers. Also at Chancellor, Mr. Moeller worked as an equity analyst and was responsible for researching and rating companies in the economically sensitive automobile and housing industries for investment in Chancellor’s equity portfolio.   Prior to joining Chancellor, Mr. Moeller was an Economist at Citibank from 1979 to 1984.   He also analyzed pricing behavior in the metals industry for the Council on Wage and Price Stability in Washington, D.C.   In 1999, Mr. Moeller received the award for most accurate forecast from the Forecasters' Club of New York. From 1990 to 1992 he was President of the New York Association for Business Economists.   Mr. Moeller earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University, where he graduated in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Washington University.

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