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Staggering Consumer Debt Nearing Recession Levels

U.S. private debt growth has disproportionately affected the least well-off Americans. In fact, since 1989 (the year the Fed started a survey of this statistic), the debt level of the 20 percent of U.S. households with the lowest net worth has grown two and a half times faster than all other households.

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The reason for this is the concern that, like in the United States before the last recession, excessive household debt levels pose a greater risk to the economy than do higher interest rates. Canadian’s are knee deep in debt , with Statistics Canada reporting that the most recent household debt-to-income ratio reached 163.4% in the second.

The U.S. debt is the sum of all outstanding debt owed by the federal government. On February 11, 2019, it exceeded $22 trillion. It passed the milestone of $21 trillion on March 15, 2018. The U.S. Treasury Department’s "Debt to the Penny" shows the current total public debt outstanding.This figure changes every day.

There is no doubt consumer debt levels have worsened. As we discuss in the podcast, Canadians added 3.5% more to total household debt in 2018. The debt-to-income ratio, an often-watched metric, was restated by Statistics Canada and seasonally adjusted, with the result being that Canadians now owe $1.78 for every dollar of income they earn.

The impetus for the earlier Times article was the expectation that the Fed will soon implement a rate cut for the first time.

The housing market continues to slowly recover from the depths of the Great Recession and should be a modest tailwind. Many potential first-time home buyers are also struggling with high debt.

Consumer confidence declined last week as Americans’ views of the economy sank to the lowest since the recession. debt crisis and the likelihood of no additional policy support here at home will.

Factors that influenced the measure included consumer uncertainty in the fact of a possible recession as well as continued.

1 Household Deleveraging and the Great Recession: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances1 Christopher Brown2 Kalpana Khanal3 Abstract: The 2007-2009 recession was preceded by a historically unprecedented buildup of mortgage and consumer debt. This paper uses microdata from the Survey of Consumer Finances to investigate, at a disaggregate level, the extent of

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