OREANDA-NEWS. Fitch Ratings has published its U.S. Student Loan ABS Index Report Card. With this issue, Fitch introduces its FFELP indices for gross defaults, deferment, forbearance and delinquencies. Similar indices for private student loans were introduced in the first quarter of 2014.

For third quarter 2014, delinquencies and defaults for private student loans continued to trend downwards due to the stronger economy. Delinquencies and defaults for FFELP loans are higher than pre-crisis levels, but are relatively stable year over year.

The full report is available at 'www.fitchratings.com' or by clicking on the link.