US Q3 GDP showed 3.5% annualized growth, well above potential growth of 2%. Growth slowed from the blistering 4.2% pace in Q2 due to rising inventories and lower consumer spending:

Source: WSJ, PeerIQ

The Fed remains on track to raise rates for the fourth time this year in December, but is signaling a dovish tone beyond December. Fed Chair Powell’s comments this week suggested that the Fed Funds Rate may be close to its neutral rate. The comments led to the market ratcheting down rate hikes in 2019 from 4 to 1.

VantageScore analyzed the credit habits of millennials in their monthly newsletter. Millennials with thin credit files have, on average, similar incomes to their counterparts with thicker credit files. This behavior is contrary to that seen among prior generations. You can read the full study here.

Source: VantageScore, PeerIQ

Data to Insights: How do credit card accounts perform when borrowers also have a personal loan?

PeerIQ analyzed the performance on credit cards of borrowers with a personal loan. We looked at the performance of borrowers with credit cards who take a personal loan and compared them to those who don’t. We asked to what extent are personal loans substituting for credit card balances? Controlling for credit score and balances, do credit card borrowers with a personal loan perform better or worse or similar than borrowers without a personal loan.

The answer may surprise you. Reach out for a demonstration of the PeerIQ analytics platform – powered by thru-cycle loan-level TransUnion data – to answer these questions and many more.

Source: PeerIQ, numbers show above are illustrative, reach out for actuals

Save the Date: PeerIQ’s Webinar on Lending Earnings Insights

PeerIQ will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday 12/12 at 2pm EST based on a study of Lending Earnings Insights where we analyze the earnings of bulge-bracket banks, credit card issuers, and FinTechs looking for any signs of changes in the credit cycle and related topics.

You will also see an overview of our newly-launched products – Benchmarking and Stress Testing. Click here to register and to add the invitation to your calendar.

Download 4Q2018 Lending Earnings Insight Report


PeerIQ is hosting its annual holiday party on Wed Dec 12th. If you are a customer or partner and haven’t received an invite, please reach out for details!


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