People aren’t paying their credit cards and more are being shut down

  • Credit-card delinquencies, application rejections, and involuntary account closures are all on the upswing, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • The Fed says these developments are “potentially concerning” given the strength of the economy and comparatively low interest rates.
  • The trends most likely indicate that credit-card companies issued debt too freely in the preceding years.
  • But they could also signal that lenders are bracing for an economic downturn and paring back risk accordingly.

The economy is robust, unemployment is sitting at 3.7%, its lowest mark in nearly half a century, and interest rates, though moving upward, are still relatively low.

So why are credit-card delinquencies, application rejections, and involuntary account closures all on the upswing?

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