Stock market and credit scores not reflecting U.S. economic woes.

You understand that maximally extreme moment in every Road Runner versus Wile E. Coyote cartoon? When the Coyote is so focused on chasing the Road Runner that he’s gone outside of the advantage of the cliff, however, he doesn’t but realize it? And most people know that the Coyote will plunge to the ground the moment he looks down.

That is the manner the stock market feels now, as the tech heavy Nasdaq and the large cap S&P 500 index struck all time highs this month.

I mean, like, Huh?

This, just as the COVID-recession facts registers the biggest quarterly economic contraction by chance and also the maximum weekly unemployment filings ever. If perhaps we would taken our prophetic crystal balls to foresee these summer time of 2020 facts points back in January 2020, we would have just about all marketed our stock portfolios.

And we’d have all been wrong to do so.

Because, conversely, maybe the stock current market is actually the Road Runner, and investors collectively understand something we do not learn one at a time. Such as: The recession is going to be surface, vaccine growth as well as deployment will be fast, and also hefty corporate profits are nearby. Perhaps everything is properly? Beep beep!

Who knows? I understand I don’t. That’s the great stock market unknown of the morning.

There is an additional massive unknown playing out under all that, but semi invisibly. The stock market – Wall Street – is not the same as the real economy – Main Street. The true economy is bigger and harder to find out on a day-to-day basis. So the issue I keep puzzling about is whether on the customer aspect we’re several old men walking.

I entail Main Street specifically, in terminology of customer recognition. Mortgages, credit cards, rental payments, car payments, student loans and personal loans. I fret this is another Wile E. Coyote scenario. Much like, let’s say we are collectively currently with the cliff? Simply that nobody has occurred to look down yet?

I’ll attempt to explain my anxieties.

I’ve watched a couple of webinars of fintech professionals this month (I am aware, I know, I need a lot better hobbies). These’re leaders of companies that make loans for automobiles, autos, unsecured training loans and households, including LendingPoint, Customers Bank and Marcus by Goldman Sachs. The executives are in agreement that traditional data and FICO scores from the end user credit bureaus must be addressed with a tremendous grain of salt in COVID 19 times. Not like previous recessions, they report that consumer credit scores have genuinely gone up, claiming the typical customer FICO is actually up to fifteen points greater.

This would seem counterintuitive but has it seems that happened for two main reasons.

First, under the CARES Act, which Congress passed in March, borrowers are able to request forbearance or extensions on the mortgages of theirs without hit to their credit report. By law.

Furthermore, banks & lenders have been aggressively pursuing the basic method of what is identified flippantly in the industry as Extend and Pretend. This means banks lengthen the payback terminology of a loan, and next pretend (for both portfolio-valuation and regulatory purposes) which is well with the loan.

For instance, when I log onto my own mortgage lender’s site, there’s a switch asking if I would love to request a payment total stand still. The CARES Act makes for an instant extension of nearly all mortgages by 6 months, in the borrower’s demand.

Despite that potential relief, the Mortgage Bankers Association noted a second quarter spike of 8.22 percent in delinquencies, up about 4 percent from the preceding quarter.

Anecdotally, landlords I know report that while most of their renters are actually up on payments, between ten and twenty five percent have stopped paying full rent. The end of enhanced unemployment payments in July – that additional $600 per week that supported numerous – will probably have an influence on folks’ capacity to spend their rent or perhaps their mortgage. Though the effects of that minimal money is probably merely showing up that month.

The CARES Act similarly suspended attention accrual and all payments on federally subsidized student loans until Sept. 30. In August, President Trump extended the suspension to Dec. 31. Excellent student loans are even larger compared to the amount of charge card debt. The two loan markets are over one dolars trillion.

It seems each week that everyone of the charge card lenders of mine gives me ways to fork out under the typically needed volume, due to COVID 19. Every one of the fintech leaders mentioned their business enterprises invested April and May reaching out to existing clients furnishing one month to six-month extensions or maybe much easier payment terms or forbearance. I imagine that all of these Extend & Pretend actions explain why student loan as well as credit card delinquency fees haven’t noticeably increased this summer.

This’s every good, and perhaps great business, too. however, it is not renewable.

Main Street customers were given a huge temporary break on pupil loans, mortgages and credit cards. The beefed up unemployment payments as well as strong payments from the U.S. Treasury have many also helped. Temporarily.

When these stretches as well as pretends all run out in September, October and then December, are we all of the Coyote past the cliff?