US Household Debt at $12.84t
US Household Debt at $12.84t

US Household Debt at $12.84t

US Household Debt at $12.84t

There’s a scary little statistic buried beneath the US economy’s apparent stability: Consumer debt levels are now well above those seen before the Great Recession, Business Insider reported. As of June, US households were more than half a trillion dollars deeper in debt than they were a year earlier, according to the latest figures from the Federal Reserve. Total household debt now totals $12.84 trillion—also, incidentally, around two-thirds of gross domestic product. The proportion of overall debt that was delinquent in the second quarter was steady at 4.8%, but the New York Fed warned over transitions of credit card balances into delinquency, which “ticked up notably”. Unlike government debt, which can be rolled over continuously, consumer loans actually need to be paid back. And despite low official interest rates from the Federal Reserve, those often do not trickle down to many financial products like credit cards and small business loans. Michael Lebowitz, co-founder of market analysis firm 720 Global, says the US economy is already dangerously close to the edge.


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