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“HOUSEHOLD DEBT AND CREDIT REPORT (Q1 2017)
Household Debt Reaches New Peak Driven by Gains in Mortgage, Auto, and Student Debt
The CMD’s latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit reveals that total household debt achieved a new peak in the first quarter of 2017, rising by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion—$50 billion above the previous peak reached in the third quarter of 2008. Balances climbed in several areas: mortgages, 1.7 percent; auto loans, 0.9 percent; and student loans, 2.6 percent. Credit card balances fell 1.9 percent this quarter.” -Federal Reserve Bank of New York

“As the Financial Times reported yesterday, more than 1 million U.S. consumers are ‘at least two months behind on car loan repayments,’ noting that the delinquency rate in the $1.1 trillion market hit its highest level since 2009. And that’s not just limited to subprime borrowers. That figure includes everyone with a U.S. car loan….

The financial Times also cites, ‘Delinquencies on credit cards also rose by about the same amount over the period to 1.79% – the highest since 2011. The rise in bad loans comes despite persistently low borrowing costs and unemployment levels – suggesting lenders may be letting consumers take on bigger debt burdens than they can handle.

Lending to consumers with weak credit scores has been one of the fastest-growing parts of the industry. Still, the increased delinquency levels follow a period of rapid expansion and could be a natural consequence of that growth. Separate figures published on Thursday by the New York Federal Reserve showed the total amount of debt held by American households rose last year at the fastest clip since 2007.'” -Porter Stansberry

“…the world has been binging on debt like never before.

The International Monetary Fund reported last month that total nonfinancial-sector debt has ballooned to an all-time record of $152 trillion… while the global debt-to-GDP ratio has also soared to an all-time high of 225%, up from 200% just 14 years ago.

Worse, we’re seeing record debt at the government level, the corporate level, and the consumer level (via auto and student loans, in particular). The boom in corporate borrowing is especially concerning…

U.S. companies have already borrowed $1.4 trillion this year to date, according to data firm Dealogic. This is on pace to shatter last year’s previous all-time record of $1.5 trillion.

Unfortunately, most are using this money to refinance existing loans… buy back stock and pay dividends… and finance expensive (and often questionable) mergers and acquisitions. This will do little to help the economy. But it greatly increases leverage… and risk.” -Justin Brill

Average Debt

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Debt
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“The average American has more than $203,163 in total debt and less than $1,000 in savings…” -Mark Ford

“You must take responsibility for your future finances and well-being.  This is not something you can just agree to.  You have to review what you’ve done in the past and make a serious personal commitment to change.  After that, you have to curtail your spending, manage your money, and allocate your investments wisely.  Then you must create a plan to increase your income.” -Mark Ford

“Debt is simply a way for you to own and control more than you can currently afford from your savings.  When you take on debt, you are agreeing to use future earnings to pay for something you want now.  In general, if it’s something consumed – like a car, clothes, or airplane tickets – all you’re doing is stealing from your future to satisfy your present desires or needs.  Eventually, it will not work.” -David Eifrig

“Not for nothing do we have such a preposterous financial system.  The borrower buys things he doesn’t need with money he doesn’t have.  The lender lends money that no one ever earned or saved, at the lowest interest rates in history, to borrowers who can’t pay it back.” –Bill Bonner