Tuesday , 21 September 2021

The State of Household Debt in America

Debt has risen on all fronts to unprecedented levels…and now accounts for $52 trillion in the USA of which American household indebtedness amounted to an average of $118,000 per household in 2020. That’s a big bill to pay. Here’s how the various forms of U.S. household debt compare…

Growing household debt in America

Type of Debt2003 (in trillions)2020 (in trillions)% Growth
Mortgage$4.94$10.04+103%
Home Equity Revolving$0.24$0.35+45%
Auto Loan$0.64$1.37+137%
Credit Card$0.69$0.82+18%
Student Loan$0.24$1.56+550%
Other$0.48$0.42-12%
Total$7.23$14.46100%

Mortgage Debt

…A fundamental driver of mortgage activity is interest rates. Given the two variables tend to have an inverse relationship with one another, interest rates have a big impact on the affordability of housing. As long as U.S. interest rates remain near 200-year lows, its likely mortgages will maintain at elevated levels.

Student Loans

…Student debt is the fastest growing as a percentage, having shot up 550% from 2003 to 2020.

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