“Everything is more expensive. Debt is more expensive. Rent is more expensive. Food, gas, everything,”

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More Americans are falling behind on their credit card bills.

About 8.9% of credit card balances fell into delinquency over the last year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York — a sign that a growing number of borrowers are feeling the strain of rising prices and high interest rates.

“Everything is more expensive. Debt is more expensive. Rent is more expensive. Food, gas, everything,” says Charlie Wise, senior vice president at TransUnion, the credit reporting firm. “Even with relatively healthy wage gains we’ve seen over last several years, many consumers just aren’t keeping up with the price pressures.”

Maxed-out borrowers are a big concern
The New York Fed’s report shows the pain is not evenly spread. While many households are on solid financial footing, almost 1 in 5 cardholders is “maxed out,” using at least 90% of their credit card limit. That’s worrisome, the report says, because maxed-out borrowers are much more likely to fall behind on their bills.

People under 30 and those who live in low-income neighborhoods were particularly likely to be maxed out, according to the report. Among Generation Z borrowers, about 1 in 6 was close to exhausting their credit, compared with 4.8% of baby boomers.


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