Good Debt, Bad Debt: Knowing the Difference

It’s often smart to borrow to boost your income and your assets.

With U.S. household debt at a record-breaking $14 trillion at the end of 2019, more Americans are learning to live with and manage debt. Since the financial crisis, consumer credit in its many forms—from student loans and mortgages to auto loans and credit cards—has grown. In recent years, a strong economy and job market have encouraged many people to spend and borrow more.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.