We use the Bureau’s Making Ends Meet survey to study whether financially vulnerable consumers have turned to credit card debt during the coronavirus pandemic. We find that credit card debt fell even for consumers who were financially vulnerable before the pandemic.
A growing number of financial services are powered by data sharing. Learn the key things to consider before sharing your data, and tips for sharing your data in the best way.
The Bureau is committed to ensuring fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory access to credit for both individuals and communities. This report describes our fair lending activities in innovation, outreach, prioritization, guidance and rulemaking, supervision, and enforcement for calendar year 2019.
Here's what we’ve been doing over the past year to help military families plan for their next financial journey.
The Office of Servicemember Affairs’ annual report highlights complaints from military consumers as well as continuing trends facing the military community in the financial marketplace.
Your credit records affect your ability to get a loan, a job, an apartment, and other essentials of life. But, do you know where and how to request your consumer reports and what you can do once you order them? You can find out in our list of reporting companies!
In July 2017, the nationwide consumer reporting agencies began removing civil judgments and tax liens from credit reports. Millions of consumers had records wiped from their report. Following these consumers over the next two years, this report looks at how the removal affected the relationship between credit scores and consumers’ credit performance.
This Data Point uses the Bureau’s Consumer Credit Panel to identify likely users of income-driven repayment and provides descriptive statistics of who these borrowers are and how delinquencies on student loans and other products change after borrowers enroll in these alternative repayment programs.
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.
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.
If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be eligible to claim compensation and benefits because of a legal settlement.
Si usted se vio afectado por el robo de información a Equifax en 2017, puede que sea elegible para recibir compensación y beneficios gracias al reciente acuerdo legal.
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.
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.
New report from the Department of Defense highlights the financial well-being of servicemembers.
New research brief from the Office of Servicemember Affairs on the financial well-being of veterans.
Your credit reports and scores can have a major impact on your financial opportunities. Our new credit booklet can help you better understand your credit reports and scores, learn how to correct inaccuracies, and improve your credit record over time.
When buying a house, servicemembers have the option of taking a home loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In this report, we combine two datasets to explore how servicemember home loan choices have changed from 2006 to 2016.
You know your credit report is important, but other companies also collect information on you—and you have a right to see those reports. Our latest list of consumer reporting companies gives you the details you need to take action.
we’re releasing our sixth annual report highlighting complaints from
servicemembers as well as emerging issues and continuing trends facing the
military community in the financial marketplace.
Natural disaster assistance is reported on a minority of credit records among potentially affected consumers
Recent natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017, have significantly impacted some consumers financially. In this report, the Bureau examines how natural disasters are reported in consumers’ credit reports.
BCFP released a new research report on the geographic patterns of credit invisibility. Consumers who are “credit invisible” have no credit histories. This is the third in a series of Bureau studies on consumers with limited credit histories.
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.
New research report detailing how borrowers are paying off their student loans, what they do after, and what it might mean for their personal finances and the broader economy.
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.
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.