American Debt and SavingsAccording to a recent Federal Reserve report (Consumer Credit – G-19), total American consumer debt recently topped $2.5 trillion.  This includes both revolving and non-revolving debt, and increased 9.3 percent from 2010.

Revolving debt (credit cards) increased 4.1 percent while non-revolving debt, which includes car loans and education rose to 11.8 percent. recently did a survey on how Americans feel about their personal finances.

Here Are Some of Their Findings:

  • 26% of those younger that 65 are less comfortable with their debt than a year ago vs. 10% of those 65 and older.
  • 15% of those making $75,000-plus are less comfortable with debt vs 27% of those making less than $75,000.
  • 47% of those 50-65 years old say they’re less comfortable with savings than a year ago – that’s 10 to 15 percentage points higher than other age groups.
  • 25% of high earners ($75,000-plus) say they’re less comfortable with savings now vs. about 44% of those earning less than $75,000.
  • College grads feel more comfortable with their savings (18%) than those who have a high school diploma or less (10%)


Feb 2012 Financial Savings

Financial Security Index

Startling Credits Card Statistics:

  • The average credit cardholder has 3.5 credit cards. Including both cardholders and non-cardholders, the average consumer has 2.7 cards each. (Source: “The Survey of Consumer Payment Choice,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, January 2010)
  •  The average age at which a U.S. consumer under the age of 35 first adopted a credit card is 20.8 years. The average age of credit card adoption for a consumer over the age of 65 is 40.6 years. (Source: “The 2008 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)
  • Half of college undergraduates had four or more credit cards in 2008. That’s up from 43 percent in 2004 and just 32 percent in 2000.  (Source: Sallie Mae, “How Undergraduate Students Use Credit Cards,” April 2009)
  • The average consumer’s oldest obligation is 14 years old, indicating that he or she has been managing credit for some time. In fact, one out of four consumers had credit histories of 20 years or longer. Only one in 20 consumers had credit histories shorter than two years. (Source:
  • Approximately 51 percent of the U.S. population has at least two credit cards. (Source: Experian national score index study, February 2007)
  • On average, today’s consumer has a total of 13 credit obligations on record at a credit bureau. These include credit cards (such as department store charge cards, gas cards, and bank cards) and installment loans (auto loans, mortgage loans, student loans, etc.). Not included are savings and checking accounts (typically not reported to a credit bureau). Of these 13 credit obligations, nine are likely to be credit cards and four are likely to be installment loans. (Source:


The good news is Americans currently have a higher savings rate than its low of -1.5% (2005), but at a 3% savings rate there is much work to be done in bringing down the total American consumer debt of 2.5 Trillion.

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Justin’s entrepreneurial spirit began as a young boy. Justin’s father learned about a construction business at a young age and built that business from the ground up into a successful business that is still operational today (nearly 50 years later). This had a huge impact on Justin that instilled the basic life principles of hard work, ingenuity, integrity and commitment. Justin learned by his father’s example that these 4 principles are essential to anything he does in life. These 4 principles have been instrumental in creating success in Justin’s own Construction Company, teaching self-motivational seminars and a Financial Services practice for nearly 23 years. Justin also realized that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive in each and every individual and you don’t have to own a company to be an entrepreneur. By educating his clients on the principles of the Infinite Banking Concept, Justin’s clients realize that they have the power to create the flexibility, passion and peace-of-mind that comes with financial stability and freedom. It’s really that easy and Justin is masterful in teaching and educating his clients to see how that can be accomplished regardless of their situation or circumstances of life. Justin lives the very Infinite Banking Principles he teaches and has learned that experience is the best teacher in life. Justin is married to his best friend Hollie - for nearly 25 years. They have three children: Emily, Jake and Ben. Emily is graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and played 4 years of college volleyball. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Jake is attending Utah Valley University with an athletic scholarship playing baseball and Ben will be following in his brother’s footsteps. Needless to say, Justin and Hollie enjoy supporting their children in their school and sport activities and have traveled the world doing so. They enjoy hiking, vacationing to the beach and spending time together as a family. The Infinite Banking Concept is a vital part of their family and each child is actively implementing these concepts into their lives.