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S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Update

S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian released today data through January 2021 for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. The indices represent a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults and show that the composite rate was two basis points higher at 0.48%. The bank card default rate rose nine basis points to 2.72%. The auto loan default rate was down eight basis points to 0.56% and the first mortgage default rate was up three basis points to 0.32%.

(PRNewsfoto/S&P Dow Jones Indices)

Four of the five major metropolitan statistical areas (“MSAs”) showed higher default rates compared to last month. The rate for Miami increased nine basis points to 0.95% while New York rose seven basis points to 0.49%. Chicago and Dallas were each up one basis point, to 0.53% and 0.57% respectively. Los Angeles was the only MSA to show a decrease, down three basis points to 0.32%.

The table below summarizes the January 2021 results for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. These data are not seasonally adjusted and are not subject to revision.

National Indices
  IndexJanuary 2021
 Index Level
December 2020
 Index Level
January 2020
 Index Level
First Mortgage0.320.290.84
Bank Card2.722.633.28
Auto Loans0.560.640.99
Source: S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices
Data through January 2021

The table below provides the index levels for the five major MSAs tracked by the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices.

  MSAJanuary 2021
 Index Level
December 2020
 Index Level
January 2020
 Index Level
New York0.490.421.07
Los Angeles0.320.350.86
Source: S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices
Data through January 2021

For more information about S&P Dow Jones Indices, please visit www.spdji.com.


Jointly developed by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 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 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.

For more information, please visit: www.spindices.com/indices/indicators/sp-experian-consumer-credit-default-composite-index.


S&P Dow Jones Indices is the largest global resource for essential index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based on our indices than products based on indices from any other provider in the world. Since Charles Dow invented the first index in 1884, S&P DJI has been innovating and developing across the spectrum of asset classes helping to define the way investors measure and trade the markets.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.spdji.com.


Experian is the world’s leading global information services company. During life’s big moments – from buying a home or a car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business by connecting with new customers – we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence. We help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organizations to prevent identity fraud and crime.

We have 17,800 people operating across 45 countries and every day we’re investing in new technologies, talented people and innovation to help all our clients maximize every opportunity. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and are a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Learn more at www.experianplc.com or visit our global content hub at our global news blog for the latest news and insights from the Group.

S. Jack Heffernan Ph.Dhttps://www.knightsbridgelaw.com
S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D. Economist at Knightsbridge holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Crypto, Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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