Household debt rises by $116 billion as credit-card delinquencies pile up


Is that the smell of pumpkin pie in the air? No… But it smells familiar even if it is faint. Oh yes, it’s just a whisp, a hint, of recession. That’s what it is. Yes. I know it well. Many of us do.

I saw last night that commodity prices really pushed down in China.. The stock market suddenly feels a bit wobbly.

(From Marketwatch)

Household debt rose by $116 billion, or 0.9%, to $12.96 trillion in the third quarter, the New York Fed said Tuesday. That’s the highest level in nominal terms, though not when compared to the size of the economy. Credit-card debt rose by 3.1% while home equity lines of credit, or HELOC, balances fell by 0.9%. There were small gains in mortgage, student and auto debt.

Flows into credit-card and auto loans delinquencies rose, with 4.6% of credit card debt 90 days or more delinquent, up from 4.4% in the second quarter, and 2.4% of auto loan debt seriously delinquent, up from 2.3%. That’s still nowhere near the 9.6% of student loan debt that is delinquent, which itself is understated because about half of those loans are currently in deferment, grace periods or in forbearance.

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