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  • Martin Matthews

Credit Card Debt Tops $1 Trillion

1. Record Levels: Credit card balances have reached $1.03 trillion in the second quarter, a 4.6% increase from the preceding three months, says the Fed Bank of New York. ๐Ÿ“Š

2. Delinquency Rates: The most significant worsening in debt performance was seen in credit card balances, following a period of low delinquency during the pandemic. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

3. Good Payment History: Americans have generally been paying credit card bills on time despite higher interest rates and inflation.

However, this may change with student loan payments re-starting in October. ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ’ธ

4. Long-Term Debt: 60% of those carrying a balance have been in debt for at least a year. Even high-income households are keeping debt, with 72% of those earning $100,000 or more in debt for over a year. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’ฐ

5. Causes and Considerations: Emergency expenses are the main cause of debt, but higher-income groups also cite vacation and entertainment.

Credit can offer advantages like reward points and consumer protections but has downsides like high interest rates and potential credit history damage. ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ’ณ

6. Strategies and Advice: Consider balance transfers to zero percent promotional rates and review your interest being charged on credit cards.

7. Looking Ahead: With credit card debt becoming more expensive, consumers are striving to reduce their balances.

The situation may not get cheaper soon. ๐Ÿ“‰๐Ÿ”ฎ

Martin and Chelsea Matthews

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