Default rates fell slightly in July to the lowest mark in more than 10 years, according to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices released Tuesday.

The national composite default rate posted 1.01% in July, down one basis point from June. After declining for nine consecutive months, the first mortgage default rate fell to 0.88%. The bank card rate declined 16 basis points to 2.86%.

Auto saw its rate remain unchanged at 0.96% and is only four basis points above its historical low.

"Consumer credit default rates dipped slightly below last month's rate," says David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices. "At just above 1%, default rates remain at historical lows. Mortgage default rates have been trending down while auto and bank card are a bit higher than their historical lows set in April and March. Driven by mortgages, household debt decreased in the second quarter of 2014. Non-housing debt rose slightly in the second quarter. In the latest Federal Reserve survey of lending standards, a small portion of banks reported some easing of standards while most banks reported no change."

Among large cities, Blitzer said Los Angeles dropped to its record lowest default rate of 0.66% and Dallas saw its default rate fall by seven basis points to only a few points away from its historical low set in May.

"Chicago and Miami are at their lowest default rates since 2006. Miami continues to maintain the highest default rate of 1.51% while Los Angeles posted the lowest default rate of 0.66%. All five cities - Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York - remain below default rates seen a year ago," he said.

High-level data through July shows:

    •    The national composite default rate remains the lowest in over 10 years of history at 1.01%, down one basis point from last month.
    •    After nine consecutive months of declines, the first mortgage default rate fell to 0.88%.
    •    Auto saw its rate remain unchanged at 0.96% and is only four basis points above its historical low. Bank card rate declined 16 basis points to 2.86%.
    •    All five cities - Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York - remain below default rates seen a year ago.
    •    Miami continues to maintain the highest default rate of 1.51% while Los Angeles posted the lowest default rate of 0.66%
    •    Chicago and Miami are at their lowest default rates since 2006.

Based on the latest S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices for July 2014, there was another slight decline in default rates. The national composite posted 1.01% in July, down one basis point from last month. The composite's default rate remains the lowest in over 10 years of history. After nine consecutive months of declines, the first mortgage default rate fell to 0.88%. Auto saw its rate remain unchanged at 0.96% and is only four basis points above its historical low. The bank card rate declined 16 basis points to 2.86%. 

High-level data through July 2014 reveals:

 

  • The national composite default rate remains the lowest in over 10 years of history at 1.01%, down one basis point from last month.
  • After nine consecutive months of declines, the first mortgage default rate fell to 0.88%.
  • Auto saw its rate remain unchanged at 0.96% and is only four basis points above its historical low. Bank card rate declined 16 basis points to 2.86%.
  • All five cities - Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York - remain below default rates seen a year ago.
  • Miami continues to maintain the highest default rate of 1.51% while Los Angeles posted the lowest default rate of 0.66%
  • Chicago and Miami are at their lowest default rates since 2006.

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