Americans are borrowing more this year, as the average household carries $8,284 in credit card debt, according to the personal finance site WalletHub. This total surpasses the previous year, where the amount of debt was $8,107 per household.
The total amount of credit card debt held by Americans is now at a staggering $974.2 billion, which is three percent more than the $949.9 billion reported last year. Miami is reported as the second highest metropolitan area with the most credit card debt in the U.S.
One major problem with these figures is how close the debt is to being at the point where it is considered “unsustainable” when comparing the debt held to the average income being brought in by the average American.
The current debt load is said to be $177 from this point of “unsustainability.” What is even more worrisome is the Federal Reserve is expected to increase interest rates on December 19.
The study reports that American credit card debt is nearing the highest point it has been since the Great Recession. Financial experts are concerned that it could go past that point in 2019 if things do not change.
Not all the figures from this study were so dismal. Many Americans have worked diligently to pay off their debt, and WalletHub’s data showed that Americans paid off $40.8 billion in credit card debt in the first quarter of 2018. This figure represents the second-largest quarterly payoff of debt ever reported, which is promising. However, the study did also report that since that time, Americans have added $38 billion back to their credit card debt balances.
Many consumers have looked for resources to find debt relief. For some, credit counseling is a valid option, although it is important you know what to look for when choosing the right credit counseling agency. Our attorneys are here to help you if you are struggling to deal with credit card debt and wish to know your options.
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