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Consumer credit shrinkage

Friday, November 06, 2009

Econoday reports that consumer credit contracted for a record eighth straight month in September as consumers tightened their belts and lenders tightened credit.

Between consumers sticking their money into savings and banks cutting back on loans, consumer credit continues to tighten and dramatically. Consumer credit outstanding fell $14.8 billion in September to extend a long run of declines.
IMAGE Revolving credit, mostly credit cards, fell $9.9 billion with non-revolving, mostly car loans, down $4.9 billion. What little good news there may be is that the rate of contraction is easing as consumer credit contracted at a 6.1 percent pace in the third quarter vs. 6.6 percent in the second quarter.
If people have taken on too much debt and are now undergoing the painful corrective process of getting out of debt, how could an easing of the rate of contraction be good news?

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Anonymous said...

There was significant shrinkage.

Anonymous said...

This is called a slow-motion implosion.

getyourselfconnected said...

Shrinkage is bad no matter what and I advise avoiding cold water situations.

That said how can consumer credit contract while banking reserves almost equal all money in circulation?

Nothing makes sense right now.

The Real Deal said...

The great de-leverage reckoning is happening. Nothing works like real pain.

But a 2% drop, from 24% - 22%, is tiny. A long way to go before some semblance of sanity is reached. Like less than 10%.

Anonymous said...

They save too much overseas. The central bank wants to force US citizens into debt slavery to compensate for too much overseas savings. The central bank doesn't care that this will destroy the retirements of US citizens.

The central bank is the enemy of US retirees and US savers.

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