by Bill McBride on 2/18/2014 02:14:00 PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This morning, the NY Fed released their Q4 Household Debt and Credit Report. The report showed that total household debt is 9.1% below the Q3 2008 peak. Mortgage debt is down 13.4% from the peak, and Home Equity revolving debt is down 25.9%. This is nominal dollars.
If we look at real dollars (inflation adjusted using CPI from the BLS), then total debt is down 16.9% since 2008, mortgage debt down 20.7%, home equity debt down 32.6%, auto debt down 12.2%, and credit card debt down 27.9%. Only student debt is at a new high (up 77% since Q3 2008 in nominal terms).
The following graph (not from the NY Fed) shows household debt in real terms.
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This household deleveraging was a key reason the recovery was slow, and now it appears the deleveraging is over.
This is a significant decline in total household debt, especially for mortgage, home equity, and credit card debt (student debt has increased).