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Solid Recovery in the January Credit Managers' Index

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National Association of Credit Management's CMI report for January encourages, rebounds to 57.3. Main indices improved and all sub-indices are now out of contraction territory, indicating December was the likely the anomaly.

Columbia, MD: January 30, 2014—January's reading for the Credit Managers' Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) rebounded to 57.3, the highest point reached in over a year and even more robust than the 57.1 notched in November. This now begs the question, which of the last three months is signaling the real trend? The November CMI hit a two-year high followed by a December low that took the index back to summer levels and now the January is back to highs not seen in two years. In December, there was a palpable gloom falling over the economy where the data was concerned. The December CMI recorded a low not seen since July and it looked as if all the gains that started to accumulate in the third and fourth quarters were evaporating. The January data dispels that mood a little.

December Credit Managers' Index Combined Index Fell Dramatically

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Market-watchers looking for holiday cheer would be hard pressed to find any in the December Credit Managers' Index (CMI), published by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). The Combined Index fell dramatically from 57.1 to 55.6, erasing most of the gains made in the last few months and taking the CMI back to levels not seen since the middle of summer. Though the manufacturing index fell by a full point from 56.7 to 55.7, it was the service sector’s two-point fall from 57.5 to 55.5 reflecting a slow response to Christmas and a slowdown in the housing sector that delivered the hardest blow.

The CMI’s four favorable factors registered the biggest declines, as the gains made in the second half of the year seemed to evaporate. Overall, the favorable factor index fell from 61.3 to 59.3, driven by a sharp reduction in sales, which stumbled from 63.4 in November to 58.7 in December, marking the fifth lowest sales reading in the last 12 months. New credit applications dropped by two points from 59.2 to 57.2, a reading not seen since April, and dollar collections slipped a full point from 59.7 to 58.7. The smallest drop occurred in amount of credit extended, from 63.2 to 62.6, which could be the only silver lining in the favorable factor index. "This suggests there might be an opportunity to recover in the coming months," said NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, PhD. "It gives some faint hope that many companies are still interested in making credit available to the customers they trust."

November Credit Managers' Index Increases to New Post-Recession High

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Manufacturing and service sectors trade prior month's fortunes in the November CMI report from the National Association of Credit Management, but largely signal an overall stability and potential for growth in 2014.

Columbia, Maryland: November 27, 2013—The Credit Managers' Index (CMI), published by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), increased to 57.1 in November, registering its highest reading since the beginning of the recession in 2008.

Building on the optimism from October's CMI, where respondents shook off the crisis in Washington to deliver the index's best figures in over a year and a half, November's readings signify a newfound stability in businesses' attitudes on the economy as well as a greater sense of security in their investments. "There is a real sense that credit is more available than it has been in some time, which bodes well for the coming year," said NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, PhD. "This is not to say that a shock to the economy would not force a decline, but more resilience has formed than has been the case."

NACM Joins ACFE's Efforts to Promote Fraud Awareness

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The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) joined hundreds of other organizations in supporting the goals of International Fraud Awareness Week, hosted from November 3-9, 2013 by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Columbia, Maryland – November 6, 2013: The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) joined forces with hundreds of other organizations by participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, November 3-9, 2013, to promote anti-fraud awareness and education.

Organizations around the globe currently lose an estimated 5% of their revenue due to fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). NACM was founded on the belief that the key to reducing fraud losses is the free and open exchange of historical credit information between businesses, and the organization has worked for more than a century to support a business environment where this exchange is possible. NACM's most recent effort to reduce fraud through increased data sharing has been through its National Trade Credit Report (NTCR), which provides companies with a powerful fraud prevention tool that relies on the strength of historical payment data, submitted to NACM's database from thousands of businesses across the country. Billions of dollars of goods and services are transacted daily through the business credit process and in many instances that fraudulent activity can be detected through the careful review of a credit report like the NTCR. Of course, the more companies report this data, the more focused and preventative the NTCR becomes.

October Credit Managers’ Index Increases Despite Political Turmoil

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The National Association of Credit Management’s CMI managed to improve in October from 56.6 to 56.7. Though the service sector faltered, driven by the hit in retail delivered by the government shutdown, the manufacturing sector seemed to shrug off the turmoil in anticipation of a better year to come.

Columbia, Maryland: October 31, 2013—Despite the threat of a political impasse in the United States that some thought could derail the entire global economy, October’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI), issued by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), was largely unfazed. The combined CMI improved from 56.6 in September to 56.7 in October, marking the highest reading in over a year and a half.

The October CMI may have been the most watched in years, according to NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, PhD. “The dominant story for the bulk of the last quarter was the political impasse that resulted in a government shutdown for three weeks and posed a threat to the U.S. credit rating,” he said. “Everyone was hanging onto the edge of their seats to see what this would do to the economy. Predictions ranged widely from utter financial chaos to no real response at all.”

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