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Student Loans Crowding Out Home Purchases

Student and auto loans have historically dominated non-mortgage, non-revolving credit, as seen in the Federal Reserve’s G.19 Consumer Credit report. As of the third quarter of 2018, student loan debt totaled $1.6 trillion.  As student-loan debt has historically made up the majority of non-mortgage, non-revolving credit, homeownership is the opportunity cost for its accumulation. In January 2019, as part of its… Read More ›

Homeowners’ Equity Expanding

The Financial Accounts of the United States for the fourth quarter of 2017 were released by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System recently. In the fourth of 2017, the aggregate market value of households’ real estate continues to improve on a nominal and not seasonally adjusted basis. On a nominal and not seasonally adjusted basis, households’ owner-occupied… Read More ›

Non-Mortgage Consumer Debt Accelerates

The total amount of consumer credit outstanding rose in February 2017 reflecting growth in both non-revolving credit, auto loans and student loans, and revolving credit, mostly credit cards. However, the growth rate of non-revolving credit, which is the larger of the two classes, exceeded the percentage increase of revolving credit. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit release, the total… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Outstanding Grows on Auto, Student Loans

Consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.5%, $161.0 billion, in the month of April 2016, 5.1 percentage points slower than the 9.6% rate of growth recorded in March. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.602 trillion. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit Report, the increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion in the… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Rises in November

Data released by the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.8% in November. The amount of consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.1 trillion. The November expansion of consumer credit outstanding mostly reflects a 6.4% increase in non-revolving debt. Non-revolving debt outstanding, which is largely composed of student loan and auto… Read More ›

Majority of Non-Revolving Credit Held By Federal Government

Recently released data from the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding is continuing to expand. According to the release, total consumer credit outstanding increased at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.4% in September. For the quarter overall, consumer credit rose by 5.2%. The September increase in consumer credit reflected an 8.7% increase in non-revolving credit, which encompasses student… Read More ›

Student Loans Conditions Vary Across the Country

Student loan debt reflects the cost of an investment in human capital. The typical return on this investment is characterized by both higher wages and a more stable employment. College graduates and those with some college experience tend to have higher wages and lower unemployment rates than their counterparts with a high school degree or less. However, failure to repay… Read More ›

The Connection between Student Loans and Housing

On July 1st, among other changes, interest rates on newly originated Stafford student loans are scheduled to increase from 3.4% to 6.8%. Due to this looming deadline, there has been a lot of attention paid to the rising amount of student loan debt. Some of this commentary goes as far as saying that recent data indicate a bubble exists for… Read More ›