Five Ways You Can Assess, Manage and Pay Off Debt


The average American has $21,800 in personal debt exclusive of mortgages, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2023 Planning & Progress Study. However, digging deeper into the data, it’s clear that people in the U.S. are traveling in divergent directions on the debt highway.

More than four in 10 (43%) say they’re currently carrying close to or at their lowest level of debt ever — a fantastic achievement in today’s high inflation economic environment. However, more than a third (35%) of people say they’re carrying close to or at their highest level of debt ever — with credit card debt making up more than double any other source of non-mortgage personal debt. People who carry personal debt say 30% of their monthly income goes toward paying it off, and most also expect to remain in debt for years.





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2023-09-02 09:33:45

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