S&P: 2nd Mortgage Defaults at 7-Year Low
The national composite default rate declined to 1.62 percent in May from 1.86 percent in April and the first mortgage rate was down to 1.50 percent from 1.76 percent. Second mortgage defaults were at 0.88 percent, compared to 0.93 percent and bank card defaults dropped to 4.35 percent from 4.49 percent. Auto loans fell four basis points to 1.03 percent, a low point in the eight year history of the index.
Second mortgage defaults were at their lowest point in seven years and first mortgage and credit card defaults were the lowest since May 2007 and 2008 respectively.
“May 2012 data show continued improvements in consumer credit quality,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Indices. “Consumer default rates continue to fall and we are reaching new lows across all the loan types. In the last recession, default rates peaked in the spring of 2009, since then the decline has been bumpy but consistent. Only bank cards remain above their pre-recession lows."
HT: Robert Kuehl