U.S. household debt has grown $605 billion in the past 12 months, with $116 billion, accumulating in the latest quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Debt is ballooning on mortgages, student loans and auto loans. Credit card debt has increased 3.1 percent in the latest quarter.
Total U.S. household debt was $12.96 trillion in the three months to September, up $116 billion from the prior three months. Debt levels were $605 billion higher than during the third quarter of 2016.
Auto loans grew by $23 billion and credit card balances increased by $24 billion, while student loans saw a $13 billion increase. Credit card balances increased by $24 billion. The combined credit card limit rose for the 19th consecutive quarter, with a 1.5% increase.
Some financial experts are saying this build-up is reminiscent to the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Federal data shows an increase in credit cards and auto loans moving into delinquency.
Aggregate household debt increased for the 13th consecutive quarter, rising by $116 billion (0.9%) to a new all time high. As of September 30, 2017, total household indebtedness was $12.96 trillion, an increase of $605 billion from a year ago and equivalent to 66% of US GDP, versus a high of around 87% in early 2009.
If you are struggling with debt, know your rights and what debt collectors can and cannot do. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) limits the tactics that debt collectors can take to collect on a debt.
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