New analysis by EY ITEM Club’s Interim Bank Lending Forecast expects consumer credit to grow 10.5% in 2021 and 9.1% in 2022 as consumer spending rebounds post-lockdown. Net lending via credit cards and personal loans turned negative in 2020 and remained in negative territory in the first three months of this year. Annual growth in February…

EQ Credit Services has released its latest UK research report into the unsecured lending sector which has revealed some startling consumer attitude shifts including a ‘new nervousness’ characterising the current credit market. This appeared most acute amongst the youngest generation (age 18-24), with over half of this group responding that they would only be prepared…

New analysis has indicated that 42% of people whose fixed-term mortgages have ended since lockdown began in March 2020 may be paying a ‘loyalty penalty’ of high interest according to new Citizens Advice research. The charity found one in five (21%) customers who did not switch said the process was too time-consuming. Many have also…

Applications for finance have soared since the lifting of lockdown restrictions, according to intelligent decisioning technology provider LendingMetrics. The company has seen traffic rise 60-65% on its LMX platform during the first two weeks of April, compared to levels during the same weeks in March. Lenders that use its automated decisioning platforms witnessed loan applications…

Latest figures from FICO have indicated that the average spend on credit cards fell by £33 to £547 in February 2021, with sales 16 percent lower than a year ago. Stacey West, Principal Consultant for FICO Advisors said “This drop is opposite to the usual trend we see at this time of year,” continued West. “However,…

The Lending Technology Think Tank has confirmed its agenda and speaker line-up ahead of the event next Thursday (22nd April). The inaugural Lending Technology Think Tank has been created as an online event platform so that lending and creditor professionals can specifically discuss the role of the technology as we potentially emerge from the pandemic,…

The volume of Government loans granted to help SMEs through the COVID-19 crisis will be having a potentially devastating impact on the availability of ‘traditional’ lending, causing alarm in the lender broker community according to new research by Allica Bank. The Bank suggests that SMEs could be starved of funding to fuel future growth because…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business fell in December 2020 by 18% compared with the same month in 2019, and decreased by 18% in 2020 as a whole. The retail store and online credit sector reported new business 6% lower in December than in the…

Lenders risk being overwhelmed by credit applications when the UK lifts lockdown restrictions, according to data specialist LendingMetrics. The company behind the award-winning ADP automated underwriting platform fears a leap in demand for finance when the country returns to more normal conditions. It predicts this to be likely by June or July, if the vaccine…

New research released by Resolver has revealed widespread confusion over payment holidays and the potential impact on people’s future finances. The company says to help people face down the financial challenges posed by the pandemic, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) introduced clear rules for lenders so they could offer people ‘holidays’ from mortgage, loan, credit…

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