Consumer Credit Grew 10.0 Percent (SAAR) in March

Consumer Credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 10.0 percent in March, the highest rate since November 2001. Total outstanding credit rose $29.7 billion during the month (compared to $14.1 billion in February) to $3.59 trillion.

Revolving credit rose at an annual rate of 14.2 percent ($11.1 billion) to $951.6 billion, compared to a 3.7 percent rate in February. March’s revolving credit growth rate was the highest in 15 years.

Non revolving credit rose at an annual rate of 8.5 percent or $18.6 billion, compared to February’s increase of 5.2 percent. Total outstanding non-revolving credit now stands at $2.64 trillion.

Federal government holdings of student loans continue to be the largest portion of non-revolving credit, comprising approximately 37 percent of outstanding credit. Depository institutions and finance companies are the secondary and tertiary holders, with 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively, of outstanding non-revolving credit.

Read the Federal Reserve’s release.

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Tim Nicholson is an economic research associate at ABA.
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