Credit Card Statistics: Debt Being Paid Off At Unprecedented Rates

September 20, 2012 8:17 am

We spotted a rather intriguing stat today:

“The lesson here, for credit-card issuers, is “be careful what you wish for”. They worried about credit-card balances being too high during the recession, and cut off a lot of credit just when people needed it most. And then balances just fell, and fell, and never recovered.

For consumers, this is excellent news. It almost never makes sense to borrow on a credit card: the rates are insanely high, most of the time. Using credit cards can be perfectly sensible: they’re very handy payment mechanisms. But running a balance on your credit card is the first no-no of personal finance, especially if you have any liquid savings at all.”

Statistics Source: Reuters

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