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Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Economy, TG Roundup

Consumer Credit: The Engine That Stalled the Economy

For decades, US consumers’ rampant borrow and spend habits have propelled the economic engine in US. I wrote earlier in July that a major slowdown in consumer spending has been the real reason for economic weakness in the so called “Great Recession.” Zero Hedge just put out a simple chart that explains current weakness succinctly.

It essentially says this: There has been a steep rise in net borrowing against credit cards after the previous recessions. This time it is very different.