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New report explores trends in consumer bankruptcy

The bankruptcy system provides a legal process for consumers who cannot repay their debts.  This report describes how bankruptcy filings and the attributes of filers changed throughout the period 2001 - 2018, which includes the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) and the Great Recession.

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New report explores the relationship between Financial Well-Being and the contents of and engagement with credit reports

A joint study with Credit Karma explores the relationship between subjective Financial Well-Being (FWB) and objective credit characteristics and engagement with financial education tools. The report identifies credit report and engagement variables that are significantly related to a consumer’s FWB score, including credit score, credit limit, credit utilization, and the use of a credit simulator tool. 

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New report explores the extent of revolving in the U.S. credit card market

The analysis shows that about two thirds of actively used credit card accounts carry a revolving balance. Once consumers begin to revolve, they do so continuously for about 10 months on average, with approximately 15 percent revolving continuously for two years or more. The longer a balance is revolved, the higher the chances that the consumer will continue to revolve a balance.   

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New report explores when consumers apply for credit cards as their credit scores change

The ability of consumers to access various types of credit can be affected by their credit scores, as many lenders require a minimum credit score before credit will be extended. This report finds that consumers with lower credit scores may strategically time their applications for credit around peaks and troughs in their scores.  

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Promising practices and lessons learned for Child Savings Account programs

The Bureau is engaged in building the capacity of child savings programs by releasing four briefs geared toward institutions and communities interested in starting, or expanding child savings opportunities.

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Bureau releases its assessment report of the Remittance Rule

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection released the findings of its assessment of the Remittance Rule, which provides protections to international money transfers. The report describes the Rule, the market, and the Bureau’s findings on the Rule’s effectiveness in meeting factors outlined in the Dodd-Frank Act.

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More than 1-in-5 consumers had telecommunications-related collections on their consumer report in the past 5 years

Consumers typically pay for telecommunications services monthly, but most providers do not report to consumer reporting agencies unless an account is in collections. In this report, we explore how these debts are reported. 

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Aggregate credit card borrowing exhibits end-of-year seasonal patterns which vary across different sets of consumers

This report finds that aggregate end-of-year consumer credit card borrowing roughly follows end-of-year retail expenditure patterns, with consumer borrowing experiences differing across consumers with different credit scores and different credit card utilization rates at baseline. 

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Removal of public records has little effect on consumers’ credit scores

The National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) was launched in March 2015 by the three nationwide credit reporting companies in response to a multi-state settlement. In this report, we explore how the removal of public records resulting from the NCAP affected consumers' credit records and their credit scores.

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Financial coaching can benefit consumers

Financial coaching can help consumers achieve their financial goals.  It’s a strategy that financial educators can implement with the people they serve.  Read more about our two briefs: “Financial Coaching: A Strategy to Improve Financial Well-Being” and “Implementing Financial Coaching: Implications for Practitioners.”

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New research shows online payday loan borrowers rack up steep fees

We recently released a study about payments for online payday loans and other high-cost online loans and their effects on consumers. We found that online lenders’ repeated attempts to debit payments from a borrower’s checking account add significant costs to online payday loans.