UK cardholders paying less of their credit card balance than at any time in last two years
FICO, a provider of analytics and decision management technology, has released data showing that most UK cardholders are paying less of their outstanding credit card balance than at any point in the last two years.
The latest data from the FICO(TM) Benchmark Reporting Service showed that this decline in payment-to-balance ratios took place among "classic" card accounts established within the last five years. Classic cards exclude student cards, premium cards and cards issued in Ireland, which are all tracked separately.
Similarly, FICO's latest monthly snapshot also revealed that the number of classic cardholders taking cash advances from their credit cards is the highest for the last two years, while cash usage is down somewhat for student and Irish cards. Average credit lines on classic cards continue a steady decline, and are down 4.3 percent since March.
"The combination of flat spending on classic cards with lower payment percentages and higher cash usage indicates increasing strain on consumers' wallets," said Mike Gordon, FICO vice president and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "While one month is not enough to call a trend, we are monitoring these and other patterns closely to help our clients manage their card portfolios and understand changes in the UK consumer's financial health."