Posts Tagged ‘Debt’

“Tom and Kate know they have a serious debt problem…

They spend their lives in a constant state of stress – trying to figure out ways to juggle their debt. They consistently live beyond their means. The only thing that limits their spending is the limit on their credit cards.

Tom and Kate are in the top 15% of U.S. households, bringing home a combined $160,000 per year. Yet like many people, they’re deeply in debt… spending everything they make and borrowing even more.”

-Bill McGilton

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“Our credit system is currently sitting at $68 trillion. It’s the largest debt ceiling in the history of the world. It’s more than twice the value of every single home in America put together… More than three times the value of every single U.S. bank’s assets combined… More than 20 times the trillions of dollars the U.S. government collects in taxes every year.” -Van Bryan

“In the final quarter of 2018, U.S. credit-card debt reached $870 billion – outpacing the recession – according to Bloomberg. The U.S. has added 100 million credit cards to its circulation since the financial crisis…there are nearly twice as many credit cards in use as there are adults to use them.” -The Crux

Debt Health

Posted: December 20, 2018 in Debt, Thought for the Day
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“The more debt you have the worse your mental health tends to be. And we don’t know which comes first. Your mental health problems lead to more debt? Or your debt leads to more mental health problems? But we know they play off of each other.” -Amy Morin

“For the first time in decades, neither party is even giving lip-service to balancing the Federal budget anymore. They simply don’t care…. The thing that matters to policymakers is how much the debt costs to maintain, not how much it costs to repay. That’s why you haven’t heard anything about it…. This problem will get exponentially worse as interest rates rise. Meanwhile, the government continues to add insult to injury by borrowing even more.” -Justin Brill

“Washington’s $523 billion in debt service costs this year was the highest on record. That’s more than Belgium’s entire economic output (or GDP) this year.” -Chris Lowe

“The U.S. 10-year bond yield rose to a seven-year high of 3.24% – nearly 2% above its bottom in July 2016.

This 2% increase, imposed on $68 trillion of debt, is equal to an extra $1.3 trillion in interest charges….

To look at it another way, the typical working person who works an average of 33 hours per week earns $26 an hour. His percentage of the total debt is about $500,000.

At today’s interest rate, he will have to work 558 hours – or three and a half weeks (not including taxes) – just to keep up with the interest payments. Clearly, this is impossible…” -Bill Bonner