Slight Increase in Credit Card Late Payments
There has been a slight increase in credit card late payments between the second and third quarters of 2013. The second quarter reported 90+ day late payments at 1.27% for the nation, while the third quarter showed 1.36%.
While this marginal jump may have some analysts concerned, it is important to note that the third quarter rates for 2013 are lower than those of 2012. Last year, there was a 1.5% delinquency rate for the same period.
Toni Guitart, director of research and consulting for financial business services at TransUnion, told USA Today, “The credit card delinquency rate typically rises in the third quarter, partly because of back-to-school spending.” As parents shell out their money for school supplies, clothing and books, credit card payments fall behind.
The same pattern is expected for the fourth quarter as a reflection of holiday shopping. Consumers spend billions of dollars during this time of year trying to buy gifts for their family and friends. Historically, many will not pay those credit card bills in a timely manner.
As a whole, this increase in the delinquency rate is not a great cause of concern. Maintain prudent use of your credit card during the holidays, and your own personal finances will be in better shape.