When Deacon Hayes and his wife Kim sat down to discuss their finances, the newlyweds discovered they had $52,000 in debt, including $18,000 in car loans, $27,000 in students loans, and $7,000 in outstanding credit card balances.
As costs of college soars (with thanks to absurd union salaries and benefits, as well as absurd administrator salaries and benefits), those attending college have increasing trouble paying back loans.
The fully expected consequence is Student-Loan Delinquencies Now Surpass Credit Cards.
A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York delivers generally positive news about the economy with one glaring exception: student loan debt. The amount of debt and delinquencies are climbing, and some experts say the official numbers don’t even capture how big the problem really is. In the third quarter, there were fewer foreclosures, increased credit card and auto lending (indicators of rising consumer confidence), and an overall drop in our collective debt load, led by decreasing mortgage debt. Student loans are another story.
If anyone was hoping that in the peak holiday month of December the US consumer would finally open up the purse strings and "charge" everything, we have bad news: in the last month of 2012 revolving consumer credit dipped by some $3.6 billion, a reversion of the modest increases seen in November and October, and the biggest decline in credit card debt since July of 2012. Yet overall consumer credit rose by some $14.6 billion and beat expectations of a $14 billion increase. Why?
The last time we looked at the most underreported debt crisis sweeping the land, which is nothing short of the second coming of subprime, namely the student loan bubble, we posted "the scariest chart of the quarter" in which the Fed had finally caught up with our prior data showing that student loan delinquency had soared to some 11% from the 9% reported in the previous quarter, even as the Fed disclosed it had issued some $42 billion in Federa
Credit card interest can be devastating to cardholders who are trying to pay off their debt. Once they start to carry a balance, compounded interest is accumulating on every purchase from the moment of the transaction. And as unsecured debt that is never tax deductible, credit card interest rates are higher and impact families more than home, car, or student loans.