America and its $1 trillion credit card debt

U.S. citizens have accumulated a record-breaking $1 trillion in credit card debt.

The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes through 2023 have caused average interest rates for credit cards to spike to more than 22%. Rates on retail credit cards are even higher, nearing 29% on average.

Despite rising costs and higher borrowing rates, a record number of consumers shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The National Retail Federation found that more than 200 million consumers went shopping that weekend, more than the 196.7 million shoppers who turned out in 2022.

Retailers Macy’s and other larger retailers have issued warnings about a slowdown in repayments on their credit cards, highlighting a potential risk to retail revenue this holiday season.

The resilience of the American consumer will continue to be tested by the still-rising costs of groceries, fuel, energy and housing.

Interesting fact

The U.S. credit card debt is approximately equal to the size of Apple’s market cap of $1 trillion.

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