Credit card debt again rising: a reason for concern?

On behalf of The Rollins Law Firm posted in Debt Relief on Monday, January 5, 2015.

When it comes to the topic of credit card debt, arguments in the debate over the repercussions – if any – of what consumers across the nation cumulatively owe spill both ways.

On the one hand, commentators on the subject can argue with conviction and a good deal of truth that rising card use after a period of retrenchment points to positive things. Increased card purchases signify enhanced consumer confidence again, following several fears of angst and outright fear concerning the economy. Higher outlays equate to more goods sold, which, in turn, brings about job creation.

On the other hand, though, there certainly comes a telling point when too many consumers begin to owe too much on their cards. Moreover, troubling signs arise when evidence points to card use growing for purchases of goods and services required for daily life, such as food, shelter, health insurance and so forth. When a high number of consumers begin to test the dollar limits of their card offerings, meaningful monthly payments become a truly worrisome issue.

That is of course exacerbated with job loss, sudden medical expenses and other unexpected personal and family crises. A resulting inability to make monthly card payments – and, importantly, to reduce the principal owed – leads to foreclosures and other debt-related problems. As our readers in Mississippi and elsewhere know, that was the case in millions of instances during the so-called Great Recession of recent years.

Are there signs that many Americans are once again on a slippery slope toward serious financial difficulty, as evidenced by a troublingly high level of credit card use?

As noted by a recent article on increased credit card outlays in 2014, that might indeed be the case.

“If this continues,” notes a spokesperson with a national credit card research company, “we will be right back in the throes of 2008.”

Let’s hope that’s not the case.

Consumers with questions or concerns regarding credit card debt or other financial obligations can obtain prompt answers and diligent representation from a proven debt relief attorney.

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