Debt trends in South Africa: men vs women

According to new credit bureau data, published by Compuscan, there has been a steady and significant increase over the past two years in the number of credit-active women in South Africa.

As at the end of the first quarter of 2015, there were 2.3 million more credit active women than two years ago. In the last year alone, there was an increase of 883 885 credit-active females, bringing the total number of credit-active women up to 9 992 601 as at the end of March 2015.

“One of the most notable areas in which we’re seeing women put their credit to use is in property,” said senior data analyst, Jacobus Eksteen.

As at the end of Q1 2015, the total number of mortgages that belonged to women stood at 1 125 921. The highest percentage (34%) of mortgages that belonged to women fell into the age bracket of 40 to 49 years.

The difference in the number of men and women that owned mortgages as at the end of March 2015 was minor. With a total of 1 219 592 mortgages that belonged to men at that point in time, it meant that only 93 671 more mortgages were owned by men than women.

The number of store cards that belonged to women as at the end of Q1 2015 was recorded at 10 438 436 – almost double the number that belonged to men (5 360 754) at that point in time.

The highest percentage of store card accounts (30%) that belonged to women, fell into the age category of 30 to 39.

The data further reflected that, as at the end of the first quarter, the number of credit cards that belonged to women was recorded at 2 744 933, with 28% of these accounts owned by women between the age of 40 and 49.

The difference in the number of these accounts owned by women and men was not drastic. It was shown that 3 388 534 credit cards were owned by men as at the end of March 2015.

When it came to vehicle asset finance (VAF), only 817 551 women had been granted this type of credit as at the end of Q1 2015, with the highest percentage (33%) of these accounts belonging to women between the age of 30 and 39.

On the other hand, 1 416 863 VAF accounts belonged to men, Compuscan said.

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