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Tens Of Millions Of Americans Are "Trapped" In An Endless Cycle Of Debt...

• The Economic Collapse Blog - Michale Snyder

Did you know that U.S. households are 17,690,000,000,000 dollars in debt?  Of course household debt is only one part of a much larger story.  The federal government is 34 trillion dollars in debt, state and local governments are absolutely drowning in debt and unfunded liabilities, and corporate debt is at an all-time high.  As a society, we are on the greatest debt binge in the history of the world, and it just gets worse every single year.  Previous generations handed us an economy that provided us with an incredibly high standard of living, but we always had to have more.  So we have been borrowing and spending with no end in sight, and now our day of reckoning is fast approaching.

According to the New York Fed, U.S. household debt surged to another record high during the first quarter of this year…

In the first three months of 2024, total household debt surged to a fresh record of $17.69 trillion, an increase of $184 billion, or 1.1% from the previous quarter. The increase mostly stemmed from a jump in mortgage balances, which rose $190 billion from the previous quarter to $12.44 trillion at the end of March.

If we could handle all that debt, there wouldn't be much cause for alarm.

Unfortunately, delinquency rates are rising.