Big Jump In Credit Card Debt in December

Big Jump In Credit Card Debt in December

February 9, 2015         Written By John H. Oldshue

Consumers racked up a sizeable amount of new credit card debt during the Christmas holiday.

Revolving debt, most of which is credit card debt, rose $5.8 billion during the month of December, an annualized rate of 7.9%. It was the largest increase in eight months. This followed nearly a billion dollar drop during November.

According to the latest Federal Reserve figures, consumers now have $887.9 billion in revolving debt, an annualized increase of 2.9% during the fourth quarter of 2014. This was the second consecutive quarter where the annualized increase was 2.9%. In fact, every quarter of 2014 showed an increase in revolving debt.

Overall consumer credit rose at an annualized rate of 5.4% during the fourth quarter. Non-revolving credit, which includes educational and automobile loans, rose nearly $9 billion, a 6.3% annualized rate.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of February 9, 2015. For up-to-date
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John Oldshue is the creator of He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers credit card rate issues for
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