Credit Card Debt Hits Record $1 Trillion

Americans' credit card debt is over $1 trillion, the New York Fed reported.

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Americans' credit card debt reached a new high this summer, according to a new report from the New York Federal Reserve released Tuesday. 

Credit card balances rose by $45 billion in the second quarter, according to the report, resulting in a peak $1.03 trillion. In the first quarter, that number was $986 billion, making this a 4.6% increase. That increase came alongside an increase in total household debt over the same period to $17.06 trillion. 

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Alexandra Svokos
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Alexandra Svokos is the senior digital editor of Kiplinger. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern in finance and management and a BA in economics and creative writing from Columbia University. Alexandra has a decade of experience in journalism, specializing in online newsrooms. She previously served as the senior editor of digital for ABC News, where she directed daily news coverage across topics through major events of the early 2020s for the network's website. Before that, she pioneered politics and election coverage for Elite Daily and went on to serve as the senior news editor for that group. 


Alexandra was recognized with an "Up & Comer" award at the 2018 Folio: Top Women in Media awards, and she was asked twice by the Nieman Journalism Lab to contribute to their annual journalism predictions feature. She has also been asked to speak on panels and give presentations on the future of media, including by the Center for Communication and Twipe.