By The Associated PressA new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that consumer credit is likely to continue to grow at a robust pace over the next decade, as a rising number of Americans and businesses have a more reliable and more affordable way to access financial assistance.
The CFPB, in a report released Tuesday, analyzed data from credit reporting companies and other sources and found that the share of people with no credit history has grown over the past decade.
And it is likely that consumer lending will continue to expand at a rapid pace as a new generation of consumers enters the labor force and takes on new responsibilities.
In the next few years, the CFPBE expects the number of borrowers who have no credit information to continue growing, which will likely be driven by a combination of factors including a higher percentage of younger adults entering the workforce and an increase in the number and quality of financial products available to consumers.
The bureau also noted that while there has been a dramatic increase in home equity loans and other consumer credit products in recent years, those types of consumer credit accounts are likely to see their share of total consumer lending growth in the next several years fall, especially among younger people.
A new study published Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that while overall credit is increasing, the average interest rate for consumers has decreased and consumer credit card applications are up.
The report found that consumers are increasingly using personal loans, car loans and credit cards to buy things like clothes and appliances.
Among other things, that means that consumers need to think about whether a credit card is right for them and how they can manage their borrowing costs.
That means they also need to know how to apply for credit cards, the report said.
“The increased utilization of personal loans and personal credit cards may be the result of a changing consumer preference for flexible and flexible repayment options,” the report found.
The consumer bureau said it will use data from the CrediStat, a new credit reporting tool it created, to provide policymakers and consumers with more information about how consumer loans and consumer products are working in the marketplace.