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Revolving Consumer Credit Jumps Again in April, Up Nearly 20 Percent

Once again, consumers again turn to credit cars to support current consumption.
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Consumer Credit data from the Fed, chart by Mish

Consumer Credit data from the Fed, chart by Mish

The Federal Reserve Consumer Credit Report shows consumer credit rose $38 billion in April following a revised $47.4 billion jump in March.

The Fed originally reported $52.4 billion for March. 

Consumer Credit 

Consumer Credit data from the Fed, chart by Mish

Consumer Credit data from the Fed, chart by Mish

Revolving Consumer Credit 

Consumer Credit data from the Fed, chart by Mish

Consumer Credit data from the Fed, chart by Mish

That amusing chart puts a bit of perspective on these huge percentage increases in revolving credit.

The numbers in green are months in which Congress handed out free money stimulus.

Revolving credit just now hit the pre-pandemic level. 

Q: Where's that alleged cash supporting consumption?
A: It went to pay down balances.

Consumer Burn Out?

"Tack on the mammoth 4-month $134.9B consumer credit growth through April. Make the case US consumer won't burn out by the end of June."

Burn out by the end of June or already?

The Fed revised March lower by $5 billion. I anticipate more negative revisions.

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Recession is immanent.

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