Consumer credit hits record total high of $4.57 trillion in April

Total consumer credit rose 10.1 percent, at a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate, in April and is up 7.5 percent compared to a year ago. Revolving credit – primarily credit cards – rose 19.6  percent this month and is up 13.1 percent compared to April 2021. Non-revolving credit – primarily auto loans and education loans – rose 7.1 percent this month and is up 5.8 percent from a year ago.

“Consumer credit rose by $38.1 billion to hit a record total of $4.57 trillion in April,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in the latest Macro Data Flash report. “While the growth rate decelerated in April, it still marks the third month in a row with $30+ billion in additional credit.

“After households paid down debt during the pandemic, balance sheets are clearly returning to normal,” added Long. “For now, borrowers are staying current on payments.”

Total consumer credit for credit unions rose 2.1 percent, on a seasonally adjusted basis, in April, compared to a 1.4 percent gain for banks and 0.2 percent increase for financial companies. From a year prior, total consumer credit at credit unions rose 10.8 percent, while banks experienced a 13 percent gain and financial companies rose 1.9 percent.


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