As lenders stretch to find ways to lend more money and boost interest income in a time of rising funding costs, and as borrowers continue to overextend themselves, risky unsecured personal loans are soaring in popularity.
Lenders are extending longer loan terms that are more prone to default, to consumers who are taking on the most debt since the "recovery" started. Don't worry - it's not "sub-prime", it's "near prime".
The default rate for subprime auto loans reached the highest since 1996, at 5.8%, according to latest Fitch data; this is well above the comparable March default rate in the low 3%'s hit during the peak of the financial crisis.
Why do experts, CEOs, politicians, and other apparently highly capable people make such terrible decisions so often? Is because they’re ill-intentioned? Or because, despite appearances, they’re actually stupid? Nassim Nicholas Taleb says it’s neither.