We reported that credit card debt is declining in America. The numbers for July 2009 have recently been released and show continued improvement in the number of unpaid accounts. The latest figures for net loss are as follows:
American Express: 10.18% down to 8.92%
Bank of America: 13.86% to 13.81%
Capital One: 8.82% to 8.78%
Chase: 8.04% to 7.92%
Citibank: 10.51% to 10.03%
Discover: 8.75% to 8.43%
However it’s important to note that while the above numbers reflect the net loss, the number of accounts which were 30-59 days late did go up slightly for some issuers. Also these were based off figures from a Credit Suisse report. There have been other reports (such as Capital One’s regulatory filing on the 17th) which differ.
What do you think… are things improving or is it just accounting tricks?
Written August 2009