Revolving Consumer Credit Has Biggest Jump Since 2007, As Depository Institutions Turn On The Spigot

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Two items of note in this month's consumer credit statement. First: after dipping the most in April ($3.5 billion) since April of last year, revolving consumer credit soared by $8 billion in May, the most since November 2007, and just shy of half of the $17.1 billion in total consumer credit increase, solidly beating expectations of an $8.5 billion increase. Whether this one time spike will hold is unknown. What is known is that the US government continued to fund student and car loans to the tune of $6.2 billion, or roughly in line with historical Federal Government funding. Which, however, brings us to the second note. In May something quite curious happened: as the second chart shows, while the Federal government continues to be the primary source of lending, the biggest source of loans in May was actually Depository Institutions, which added $17.5 billion in May, a number only matched by the surge in December lending amounting to $21.3 billion. Back then, however, all of this lending was to fund holiday purchases which would soon be returned (we all remember the epic surge in December retail sales, only for everything to be unwound and then some in January and February). Which then begs the question: just what did consumers splurge on in May? Because it better have been more than just gas.

Total monthly consumer credit: revolving and non-revolving.

Sources of consumer credit.

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Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:34 | 2599601 zero19451945
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Does it make sense to lend in this low interest rate environment?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:39 | 2599635 NotApplicable
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Only if you borrow it from the same people at even lower rates.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:42 | 2599651 Dr. Engali
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Sure it makes sense. Get  money fresh off the printers for free and loan it anywhere from 6 to 30 percent. The problem is nobody has a job to pay it back.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:56 | 2599722 Shizzmoney
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The problem is nobody has a job to pay it back.

Well, the TPTF and huge corporations don't consider this a problem. 

When you are drowning in Shit Creek, you'll take a paddle from anywhere. 

Even if that paddle was meant to be put in your asshole.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:29 | 2599836 TruthInSunshine
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There are those who  Swipe Their EBT b/c It's "Free", and then there is that increasing portion of the population living on the minimum monthly payments credit card or payday/title loan-cash advance model of sustenance.

Amerika. Swipe Yo Plastic, grab that Western Union loan, pledge the title to your Chevy Celebrity for a $373.22 payout...or Swipe Yo EBT, bitchez.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 21:25 | 2600749 The Monkey
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Looks like the top of a sine wave.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:43 | 2599657 purplefrog
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Low interest rate for whom?  or was this sarc/?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:30 | 2600914 hyper-critical
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Asset backed security issuance. They're good collateral again, remember?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:35 | 2599609 financial apoca...
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we are so fucked

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:35 | 2599614 Dr. Richard Head
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Did the iPhone 5s come out and no one told me?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:56 | 2599717 Not Too Important
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Samsung is eating Apple on smart phone sales. Their Galaxy S III is the new top dog, and is going to stay there for long enough to kill iPhone sales. Is Bass shorting Apple, too? Without Sack's replacement, Apple is finished.

OTOH, he'll make so much money on shorting Japan, he'll only be working for fun.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:36 | 2599621 Cursive
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 just what did consumers splurge on in May? 

I'm guessing the 99'ers who recently dropped are now trying to make ends meet and the rest of us are charging our summer vacation plans.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:37 | 2599624 midgetrannyporn
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Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:38 | 2599631 Dr. Richard Head
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I am not so sure about.  Cat food is pretty cheap these days and it doesn't taste half bad either.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:47 | 2599675 Alpo for Granny
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Yeah but take it from food is tastier.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:49 | 2599681 Dr. Richard Head
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Stop flipping me off granny.  America is two cats and a dog away from revolution.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:58 | 2599729 Not Too Important
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With a little kimchee, it's all tasty, Dick. Had it myself, tastes like monkey.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:38 | 2599886 catacl1sm
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Just about a year ago, a can of cat food was $.46. Now, on sale, it's $.50. Not on sale, it's $.55. But there is no inflation.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 17:32 | 2600062 Havana White
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Still expensive, though.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:44 | 2600653 Bohm Squad
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A burlap bag, rock, and string cost $1.50 ---> Therefore there's a three day payback period and then back into the black...!

Just sayin'.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 17:28 | 2600039 Savyindallas
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It won't be cheap for long. It will soon be people food and the price will go up. People will soon be eating cats though, so if you love your cat, keep a close eye on him /her--same goes for your dog. Tired of pesky squirrels? or possums getting into your garbage - they'll soon be on the run  -running for their lives. If you are growing food in your back yard garden, you's best surround it with an electrified fence. In fact, it could get so bad, that someday banksters might start tasting good. One fattened bankster could feed your whole block in a block party. May sound bad -but there are also benefits to such neighborhood gatherings. Gerald Celente says the next depression will result in all of us getting back to community and getting to know our neigbors better. Just make sure you check all the banksters pockets before you put him on the grill. A lot of these cretins are known to hide their gold/diamonds, etc. in some really disgustng places. Sounds bad, but one half ounce gold coin retrieved from a good pre-barbecue cleaning can pay for all the trimmings, side dishes and desert.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 00:09 | 2601118 andrewp111
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I don't know about that. The inflation rate for Friskies and Little Can is pretty darn high.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:50 | 2599692 Chupacabra-322
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@ Cursive,

" just what did consumers splurge on in May?"

Answer:  Guns, guns and more guns.  Ammo, ammo, ammo and more ammo.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:52 | 2599702 CvlDobd
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I have one credit card with no debt outstanding. I just used it to pay a lawyer a $3,000 initial retainer for arbitration. The card is issued by Wells Fargo. Guess who I am filing against? Guess what I am going to do if I lose?


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:58 | 2599727 Tijuana Donkey Show
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I believe that is called bank to mouth, only performed by slutty, drunk banks.........

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:18 | 2599812 CvlDobd
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I already started an LLC for my video company that will be specializing in bank to mouth pov videos.

Look for our first title "Two Bankers, One CO2 Tank" in adult stores near you.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:38 | 2599628 Rainman
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401-k gotta be getting tapped dry 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:38 | 2599630 Freewheelin Franklin
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Has it been 7 years, already?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:38 | 2599632 chdwlch1
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Consumers "splurged" on rent, food, and utilities...those who didn't qualify for unemployment or SSI that is.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:38 | 2599633 Boilermaker
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Must explain why REITs are breaking 52 week highs...again....and again.

The only financial instrument to never ever go down.  Ever.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:47 | 2599672 Ineverslice
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Don't remind me.  This is Bernank's last stronghold...these MUST hold. 

Frickn' ridiculator, waitin' for this to bust.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:49 | 2599683 Boilermaker
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The fate of the entire world depends on the price per square foot of empty office space and boarded up strip malls.  The entire system collapses if the equity valuations don't stay at or above 60X earnings.

I would have never figured.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:53 | 2599703 Ineverslice
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roger that.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:41 | 2599644 distopiandreamboy
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Tyler,  they spent it all on air conditioners and fans:

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:41 | 2599645 youngman
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It wasn´t Gold and Silver bitches.....

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:41 | 2599647 Trying to Understand
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...or pay taxes??

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:00 | 2600147 Trying to Understand
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... sorry I didn't make clear... the individual households... not the businesses/firms.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:44 | 2599662 g speed
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99 weeks of UE checks ran out-- the muppets have turned rabid on the banks

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:44 | 2599663 Jim in MN
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Deck chairs.  For rearranging.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:45 | 2599665 CheapBastard
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I thought EZ student loans are now over $1 Trillion (and soaring) and most of it is backed by the Gubbermint (de facto)(same as the mortgage industry Fannie and Freddie):

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:48 | 2599678 adr
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something tells me somebody making the chart hit the wrong button, because it sure wasn't spent at retail.

Taking out high interest personal loans to pay back student loans?

Hell it's a good idea, take out $10k from a TBTF bank and use it to pay off half your student loan. Tell the TBTF bank your bankrupt and default on the loan. Get around that pesky student loan non forgiveness thing.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:51 | 2599693 Boilermaker
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Are you sure?

SPG is only trading at 50X earnings.  Malls are all the rage right now.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:51 | 2599695 Shizzmoney
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Which then begs the question: just what did consumers splurge on in May? Because it better have been more than just gas.

The World Series Of Poker was coming up in June/July.  Vacations time is pretty big for credit card usage.

Either that, or it was a bunch of people who came off the UE rolls and needed their own version of QE to help pay for the food, gas, and rent (which are all going up).

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:06 | 2600172 Bobportlandor
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Could be the savings rate is tanking and people look to the next thing to hang on to.

US Personal Saving as a % of Disposable Personal 3.9% down from 5.8%
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:52 | 2599699 laomei
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The market pretends to improve, people pretend to spend money.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:25 | 2599828 Shizzmoney
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I pretend I am on a yacht everytime I take the bus to work every morning.

The only difference between me and Mitt is the fact that instead of serving me drinks like on Mitt's yacht, the Mexicans on my bus are actually drinking them.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:08 | 2600184 Bobportlandor
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Should have used Limo comparison.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:55 | 2599709 onebir
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"First: after dipping the most in April ($3.5 billion) since April of last year, revolving consumer credit soared by $8 billion in May"
I doubt banks are really changing their lending policies on a dime like this. Or households their borrowings. Looks like a timing effect/working day adjustment problems in the data.

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