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Putting Consumer Debt Into a Bigger Perpsective

Before the Great Recession, U.S. consumer debt had risen fairly steadily for more than a decade. With the downturn, it finally dropped...until December's small rise. However, a longer look at the trend of ever-rising debt shows that America is still extraordinarily overextended.

Consumer Credit Rises Again: Is U.S. Releveraging?

After two years of relative frugality caused by the financial crisis, Americans are again borrowing in a big way. Consumer spending is surely good for the economy, but have Americans learned any lessons about loading up on the red ink?

20 Metro Areas With the Worst Credit Card Debt

Equifax has ranked the U.S. metropolitan areas that are still suffering the most from high credit card debt, and found the majority of the areas with the highest debt-to-income ratios are located in six states. But the six might not be the ones you'd guess.

Consumers Borrow More for New Cars, Student Loans

Consumer credit unexpectedly rose by $2.1 billion in September, but the rise is only a partial victory for those who argue that credit expansion is required for the U.S. economy to return to a normal growth rate, because credit card debt fell for the second straight month. If that decreased plastic use continues this fall, it will likely weigh on retailers%u2019 holiday shopping revenue.

Consumer Credit Use Falls for Fifth Straight Month

Consumer credit use fell another $1.3 billion in June, the Federal Reserve said, as Americans once again kept their credit cards in their wallets. But the belt tightening was less than expected: Economists had predicted credit would contract by $5 billion.

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Even though it's more important than ever to be familiar with your credit score and what affects that crucial number, experts say a lot of Americans...

Despite April, Consumer Credit Remains Mired

Consumer credit rose a slight $1 billion in April, but March's total was deeply slashed -- to a $5.4 billion decrease from the initial $2 billion rise. The revision means total consumer debt has fallen in 12 of the last 14 months.