Credit Card Debt Reaches $1 Trillion

April 10, 2017, Written By Bill Hardekopf
Credit Card Debt Reaches $1 Trillion

For the first time since the 2008 recession, credit card debt in the United States reached $1 trillion, according to Federal Reserve data. This is an increase of 6.2% from last year but just 0.3% from January of this year.

Credit unions hold $52.3 billion of this debt (5.5% of the total debt), which is their largest share to date. Banks hold 84% of the debt on credit cards.

The Wall Street Journal reports this is good news for the economy, as it means more people are purchasing big-ticket items. The publication also said that “the big question” is how long “this bullish streak in consumer debt” can keep up. While unemployment is low, interest rates are on the rise, which could dampen consumer borrowing.

There are some other concerning signs. While most people are making their payments on time, delinquent credit card payments are on the rise. Also troubling is the fact that subprime auto loans and personal loan delinquencies are on the rise.

Student and auto loans have both already reached the $1 trillion mark.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of April 10, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

About Bill Hardekopf

Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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