Data through September 2011, released today by S&P Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed the only decrease in credit line default rates in September was for auto loans, which fell to 1.29% from August’s 1.31%. First and second mortgage default rates increased slightly; first mortgages went from 1.92% in August to 1.99% in September, and second mortgages from 1.27% to 1.32%, respectively. Bank card default rate showed the largest basis point increase, from 5.26% in August to 5.36% in September.

“While this is only one month of data, we have not seen so many increases in default rates in about a year or more,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Indices. “For most of the past three years, consumer credit default rates have been declining across both loan types and regions. September’s report was the first time we saw increases in four of five regions, three of four loan types and the composite, which rose from 2.04% to 2.10%. Bank cards rose to 5.36% in September from 5.26% in August, which is a bit of a concern. First and second mortgage default rates also rose during the month. This is the first time we have seen the rates go up for first mortgages since November 2010. Looking at the regions, New York saw the largest increase, moving from 1.80% to 2.01%. Given the fragile state of both the economy and consumer confidence can, we will have to closely monitor these data over the next few months to determine if September was just a temporary blip or the reversal of the recent trend.”

Among the five major Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) reported in this release, New York showed its highest default rates since April 2011, increasing from 1.80% in August to 2.01% in September. Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami increased moderately to 2.47%, 2.12% and 4.59% in September, from 2.43%, 2.07% and 4.52% in August, respectively. Dallas was the only MSA where default rates fell, from 1.51% in August to 1.33% in September.

Jointly developed by S&P Indices and Experian, the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices are published on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am ET. They are constructed to accurately track the default experience of consumer balances in four key loan categories: auto, bankcard, first mortgage lien and second mortgage lien. The Indices are calculated based on data extracted from Experian’s consumer credit database. This database is populated with individual consumer loan and payment data submitted by lenders to Experian every month. Experian’s base of data contributors includes leading banks and mortgage companies, and covers approximately $11 trillion in outstanding loans sourced from 11,500 lenders.

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