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US Households Show Signs of Stress as New Delinquencies Rise

  • Credit card debt didn’t drop as usual in Q1: NY Fed data
  • Share of credit card debt and auto loans in delinquency rose
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US households showed signs of increasing financial stress in the first quarter, with credit card balances not declining in the way they typically do at the start of the year and delinquencies rising for most types of consumer loans. 

Households added $148 billion in overall debt, bringing the total to $17.05 trillion, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Monday. Balances are now $2.9 trillion higher than just before the pandemic.