U.S. consumer bankruptcy filings increased 12.64 percent in January from December. Filings totaled 54,096 in January, up from the 48,026 total filings registered in December.
Medical problems contributed to 66.5% of all bankruptcies, a figure that is virtually unchanged since before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study published yesterday as an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. The findings indicate that 530,000 families suffer bankruptcies each year that are linked to illness or medical bills.
The study, carried out by a team of two doctors, two lawyers, and a sociologist from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP), surveyed a random sample of 910 Americans who filed for personal bankruptcy between 2013 and 2016, and abstracted the court records of their bankruptcy filings. The study, which is one component of the CBP’s ongoing bankruptcy research, provides the only national data on medical contributors to bankruptcy since the 2010 passage of the ACA. Bankruptcy debtors reported that medical bills contributed to 58.5% of bankruptcies, while illness-related income loss contributed to 44.3%; many debtors cited both Read more here.
Two-thirds of consumers active in the alternative loan market fall in the subprime risk category, the riskiest of all credit tiers. Data from a new TransUnion study found that many of these consumers perform well when opening traditional credit products such as credit cards, auto and personal loans. Read more here.
Of the 17 million cars expected to be sold in the U.S. this year, about a third are leased. The rest are purchased. But there’s a new option for drivers coming on strong in 2018 – car subscriptions.
There are several companies offering drivers a monthly fee to access a variety of vehicles they can change up when they want. The fee varies depending on the company, and range from $400 to as much as $3,700 per month! The fee usual includes maintenance, insurance, roadside assistance, pickup and drop-off. And in most cases the subscription can be ended at any time.
Cadillac, Volvo, BMW, and Mercedes are all offering subscriptions today. In an interview with David Liniado of Cox Automotive (part owner of Flexdrive), he said that the market is tiny today (subscriptions between 100K – 150K) but anticipates it growing into the millions within the next 12 months! Read more about this new concept here.
It’s bank lending without the bank. As traditional banks have cut back on business lending a new opportunity for a growing group of asset managers who are making loans to mid-market companies has been created. Investors find Direct Lending an increasingly popular answer to low-yield problems. Companies that are robust enough to dip into the syndicated debt market are choosing direct lending instead, and regulators are asking if the market can sustain such growth without creating a mess.
Here’s how it works. Asset managers raise pools of money from investors interested in debt. The managers hunt for advisers with investment opportunities, or private-equity funds looking to finance acquisitions. The fund does its own research before deploying its money.
Borrowers are typically, mid-market-sized businesses that banks are no longer interested in lending to. Their need for credit and lack of good alternatives means direct lenders can get higher interest rates.
About $13.3 billion was raised globally in the first quarter of 2017, more than half the total for 2016, according to Deloitte. The U.S. is the biggest center for direct lending, with a 61 percent share of the market. As of June 2016, private credit providers had $595 billion in assets under management, according to research firm Preqin.
Read the entire article from Bloomberg here.
Reported in August of 2017, 78% of US Full-Time workers say they are living from paycheck to paycheck. Read more here.
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In China, a new generation of subprime lenders is relying heavily on new financial technologies, or fintech, to serve higher-risk borrowers, ensuring that fintech is not just a tool to serve the rich. Read more here…
Bankruptcy records are open to the public. We access those records using PACER (Public Access Court Electronic Records). PACER is an electronic access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts. Read more here…