Credit Card Use Spikes in December! | McCarthy Law PLC
February 17, 2014

Credit Card Use Spikes in December!

According to a recent report by the Federal Reserve, Americans continue to finance more of what they buy with credit.  Outstanding consumer debt grew at an annual rate of about 6%.  The adjusted growth rate for revolving credit such as credit cards, jumped 5.6% in October, inched up 0.7% in November and skyrocketed 7% in December.

At the end of 2013, outstanding auto loans accounted for $873 billion of American consumer debt, up from $808.5 billion in 2012.  Student loan debt surpassed $1.2 trillion, up from $1.1 trillion in 2012.  In total, U.S. Consumers held about $3.1 trillion in outstanding revolving and non-revolving debt at the end of 2013, up from $2.9 trillion in 2012.

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It is clear than American consumers are starting to use credit more than years’ past.  That is not a good sign.  If you or someone you know has a debt situation that has spiraled out of control, please encourage them to seek legal advice from an experienced debt settlement law firm that offers a free consultation with one of its attorneys.

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