TransUnion Study:
Credit card popularity soars in U.S.

TransUnion’s most recent Industry Insights Report reveals significant increases in lending volumes and borrowing activity in the U.S. credit card marketplace.

The Q2 2016 Industry Insights Report found that 10 million new U.S. consumers entered the credit card marketplace from July 2015 through June 2016, the period covered by the study. 

In addition, the report found that the number of Americans with a balance on at least one credit card rose to $133 million during that period and that total outstanding credit card balances rose to $662 billion in the second quarter of 2016, up six percent from Q2 2015.

Additional credit card-related findings from the study include:

“While delinquency has increased, we believe it is in line with the increased share of non-prime originations over the past year. As well, delinquency rates remain low relative to historical norms,” said Paul Siegfried, senior vice president and credit card business leader for TransUnion.

For the complete study, which also includes analysis of the auto loan and mortgage markets, see TransUnion’s press release here.

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