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We study how consumers interact with financial products and services to help identify potential problems in the marketplace and achieve better outcomes for all. Review our reports and analyses to help inform your decisions, policies, and practices. And, see reports that we periodically prepare about the CFPB.

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Category: Office of Research Publication |
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Making Ends Meet in 2022: Insights from the CFPB Making Ends Meet survey

The annual Making Ends Meet survey report shows how consumers’ finances changed from 2021 to 2022. After increasing during the pandemic, financial health declined from 2021 to 2022 across several measures. The finances of Hispanic consumers and consumers under age 40 deteriorated rapidly between 2021 and 2022.

Category: Consumer education and empowerment |
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Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Evidence of activated Guard and Reserve servicemembers’ usage of credit protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) gives servicemembers on active duty the right to request interest rate reductions on outstanding loans during the time they are activated and for an additional year in the case of mortgages. However, according to the CFPB’s research, only small fractions of activated Guard and Reserve servicemembers receive interest rate reductions.

Category: Office of Research Publication |
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Consumer Credit Trends Report: Paid and Low-Balance Medical Collections on Consumer Credit Reports

This is part of a series of reports of consumer credit trends produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau using a longitudinal sample of approximately five million de-identified credit records from one of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies.

Category: Office of Research Publication |
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New Data on the Characteristics of Mortgage Borrowers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This COVID-19 Special Issue Brief follows up on a May 2021 report that discussed the characteristics of mortgage borrowers, including demographics, during the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant number of homeowners have transitioned out of those forbearances over the last year due, in part, to improving economic conditions and the expiration of protections under these programs for many loans beginning in the Fall of 2021. Given these changes, our goal in this report is to better understand the characteristics of borrowers who remain in forbearance, as reported through January 2022.

Category: To Congress |
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2021 Financial Literacy Annual Report

The 2021 Financial Literacy Annual Report details the CFPB’s financial literacy strategy and activities to improve the financial literacy of consumers. Overall, this report describes the CFPB’s efforts in a broad range of financial literacy areas relevant to consumers’ financial lives.

Category: Office of Research Publication |
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Subprime Auto Loan Outcomes by Lender Type

This data point examines outcomes for subprime auto loans by lender type. It finds that borrowers with loans from some kinds of financial institutions pay higher interest rates, and experience vehicle repossessions more quickly after delinquency, than comparable borrowers with loans from other kinds of financial institutions.

Category: Office of Research Publication |
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The Recovery of Credit Applications to Pre-Pandemic Levels

This report is an update to CFPB’s May 2020 report and December 2020 blog regarding the effects of COVID-19 on credit applications (or credit inquiries). It examines the different paths of recovery for types of credit applications.