Tuesday, September 18, 2012
USA Banks Loan Charge-Offs Drop to 4-Year Low
Net Charge-Offs Decline Across All Loan Categories
Net charge-offs totaled $20.5 billion in the second quarter, an $8.4 billion (29.1 percent) reduction from second quarter 2011. This is the eighth consecutive quarter that charge-offs have declined from year-earlier levels and represents the lowest quarterly charge-off total since first quarter 2008. The year-over-year improvement was led by a $2.2 billion (24.6 percent) decline in credit card charge-offs, a $1.5 billion (25.2 percent) decline in charge-offs of residential mortgage loans, and a $1.2 billion (51.5 percent) drop in real estate construction loan charge-offs.
All major loan categories posted lower charge-offs compared with a year ago. Half of all insured institutions (50.6 percent) reported year-over-year declines in charge-offs.
USA Banks Net Charge-Off Rate by Quarter