Student, Auto Loans Hit Record High As Credit Card Debt Surges

The Fed's latest consumer credit report revealed that in the month of June, overall household credit rose a smaller than expected $12.3 billion, below the $17 billion expected, and below last month's $17.9 billion increase.

 

The reason for the miss in credit growth was entirely due to the unexpected slowdown in non-revolving credit, which rose by only $4.6 bilion, the second lowest monthly increase since 2012 with just December 2015 posting a slower rate of increase. It is possible that the decline in new non-revolving, i.e., auto credit creation was the reason for the slowdown in auto sales over the past several months.

 

The flipside, however, was the jump in revolving credit, which rose by $7.7 billion in June, the second highest monthly increase since the financial crisis, and confirms what we observed previously, namely that as US personal savings are declining at a rapid pace, consumer have had no choice but to "charge it."

 

In any case, with the Fed releasing its quarterly update on both auto and student loans, we have two new records: a new all time high in both car loans at $1.1 trillion, and a record for student loans, which just hit $1.4 trillion.

 

Finally, as @Not_Jim_Cramer points out, the dominant source of consumer credit remains one and the same.

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