TransUnion came out with a study Thursday that found more consumers are making payments on their credit cards before their mortgages. A debt trend that has never really occurred before.

Times are changing.

The change in paying habits of consumers came in the first quarter of 2008 when people who are current on credit cards and delinquent on mortgages first passed the number of consumers who are current on their mortgages and delinquent on credit cards.

Transunion says that this “flip” in what consumers decide to pay first is a change conventional wisdom.

“The implosion of the mortgage industry over the last 24 months, the resetting of adjustable-rate mortgages and the weak job market have all come together to redefine how consumers are managing their finances and meeting (or not meeting) their credit obligations,” said Ezra Becker, director of consulting and strategy in TransUnion’s financial services business unit. “The insight gained through this analysis reveals a lot about changing consumer preferences. The financial services industry must recognize and adjust to the payment hierarchy shift with judicious modifications to business models, new assessments of specific areas of risk, and by strategic revisions to acquisition and account management strategies.”

As a global leader in credit and information management, TransUnion creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering, analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Chicago, TransUnion has employees in more than 25 countries on five continents. www.transunion.com/business

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