Welcome, Guest Login | Signup | Portfolio | Bookmark | Contact

Symbol Name
Click for Symbol Help

Credit-Fueled U.S. Car Sales May Need Help From Incomes

Bloomberg - Nov 13, 2012

A rebound in U.S. auto sales has been buoyed by the return of easy lending, even to borrowers with flawed credit histories. Some economists question whether the gains can be sustained without a boost in hiring.

Auto loans were up 5.5 percent in the second quarter from the same time last year, with riskier buyers accounting for 43.9 percent of the total, up from 42 percent in 2008, according to Experian Plc. (EXPN) By contrast, hourly wages for non-managers climbed 1.1 percent on average over the past 12 months, the least since records began in 1965, Labor Department figures show.

The financing spigot opened as Federal Reserve efforts to keep interest rates low prompted investors to pour money into securities backed by subprime car loans in search of higher returns, giving the auto industry and the economic expansion a lift. That may no longer be enough to fuel purchases as wages are held back by a pool of 12.3 million unemployed Americans.

“If you want to take it to another level of sales, you want to see more of the fundamental drivers of consumption improve more materially, things like income and employment,” said Jacob Oubina, senior U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC in New York, the bank with the third-best forecasts for consumer spending, according to Bloomberg calculations. “With credit flowing again to subprime, you’ve had the wherewithal to bridge that gap to execute on pent-up demand. That takes you only so far.”

Read Full Article from Bloomberg

- Posted: 2012-11-13 15:15:25

 More Stock Investor Place Top Stories  
Anglo platinum arm sheds 14,000 jobs, risking unrest
Apple falls below $500
US retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December, led by autos, furniture and clothing sales
Recovery in U.S. Saving 8 Million Underwater Homeowners
Facebook shares rise in buildup to mystery event, earnings

 Stock Investor Place Top Stories Archive
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008

Featured Companies | My Place | News | Markets | Big Board | Blogs | Products & Services

Copyright 2019 Stock Investor Place Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Disclaimer - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - Advertise