By Elliott Wave International
On a national level, a debt crisis occurs when a country is unable to pay back its government debt. This might result from government spending exceeding tax revenues for an extended period.
On an individual level, a crisis can result from too little income and too much debt — that simple. This sometimes means defaulting on a car loan, for example, or even declaring bankruptcy.
Part 1 of the June Elliott Wave Theorist, a publication which covers major financial and cultural trends, said:
A debt crisis is brewing, and higher long term interest rates will add to the pressure.
Indeed, as Kiplinger noted on Aug. 18:
Credit Card Use Spikes for Cash-Strapped Consumers
Credit card use amps up as consumers reckon with inflation and higher interest rates; 39% of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck, study shows.
The August Elliott Wave Theorist had more to say about the looming debt crisis as it showed these side-by-side charts:
Excess savings US households built up during the pandemic are nearly gone. …
At the same time, consumers are borrowing to stay alive, driving indebtedness to yet another milestone: Total credit card debt in the U.S. has just surpassed $1 trillion. Will consumers be able to pay it off?
They had better do it fast, because credit-card interest rates have just soared to a new all-time high above 20%!
And bond yields (and interest rates) continue to climb (Reuters, Sept. 21):
TREASURIES-Two-year yields hit 17-year highs …
Elliott Wave International warned subscribers to prepare back in 2020 when interest rates were near zero.
Of course, a lot of people are wondering if rates are headed even higher.
Remember, it’s the market which determines the direction of interest rates; the Fed merely follows.
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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Why You Should Expect a Once-in-a-Lifetime Debt Crisis. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.