The first crop of credit union numbers for December show that the movement’s fast loan growth slowed for the second year in a row in 2018, including both cars and real estate.
CUNA’s Monthly Credit Union Estimates show credit unions’ total portfolio of automobile loans was $373.7 billion on Dec. 31, up 10.6% from the end of 2017. Real estate loans rose 8.2% to $521 billion.
The growth rate for cars has dropped about 1 percentage point a year over the past two years, while real estate growth rose from 8.6% in 2016 to 9.5% in 2017 before dropping last year.
Cars accounted for 35% and real estate 49% of the $1.07 trillion portfolio included in CUNA’s Feb. 4 estimates. Total loan growth was 9.1% in 2018, down from 10% in 2017 and 10.4% to 10.5% for the previous two years.
The Fed’s G-19 Consumer Credit Report released Thursday also showed a slowing of borrowing. Total consumer debt was $4 trillion in December, up 4.7% from a year earlier. Last year’s increase tapered off from a 5% gain for 2017 and 6.8% for 2016.
All lenders held $1.2 trillion in car loans on Dec. 31, up 3.7% from a year earlier. Gains were 3.5% in 2017 and 7.6% in 2016.
Banks followed a similar trend with consumer loans growing 3.9% to reach $1.67 trillion in December, compared with gains of 5.2% in 2017 and 7.3% in 2016.
The G-19 report also showed credit unions held $62.6 billion in credit card debt in December, up 7.2% from a year earlier. Growth was 10% in 2017 and 7.4% in 2016. Banks held $936 billion in credit card debt in December, up 3.6% from a year earlier.
U.S. consumer debt in December included $1.6 trillion in public and private student loans, up 5.3% from a year earlier.
The 5,625 credit unions in the CUNA report had 118.8 million members in December, up 4.6% from a year earlier. CUNA also estimated:
- Assets grew 5.4% to $1479.4 billion.
- Savings grew 5.4% to $1244.8 billion.
- Capital grew 8.3% to $162.3 billion.
- New auto loans rose 12.3% to $150.5 billion.
- Used auto loans rose 9.7% to $223.1 billion.
- Unsecured loans rose 7% to $106.8 billion.
- Fixed-rate first mortgages rose 7.6% to $306.4 billion.
- Adjustable-rate first mortgages rose 11% to $124.9 billion.
- Second mortgages rose 9.1% to $33.1 billion.
- Home equity lines of credit rose 5.2% to $56.6 billion.