Credit Card Delinquencies Down Again in April
Credit card delinquencies among Americans declined for the fourth straight month, according to government filings from major banks. Discover Financial Services, Bank of America, and Capital One all told federal regulators that fewer of their account holders fell behind on payments in April. Economists often cite credit card delinquency rates as a correlation to overall financial stability, especially when paired with signs that Americans have begun to spend more.

Of the three banks reporting April numbers to the Federal Reserve on May 17, only Bank of America reported an increase in the number of charged-off accounts. The bottoming-out of credit card defaults suggests that fewer Americans struggle to pay their balances each month, and that lenders have flushed most toxic debt out of their portfolios.

Capital One enjoys the lowest delinquency rate of the three major lenders, reporting just 5.07% of its accountholders 30 days or more behind on their payments. Discover Card posted a close second, with a 5.2% delinquency rate. Bank of America reported that 6.73% of its cardholders missed one or more minimum payments.

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