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Credit card debt spiral threatens finances of older millennials

Virginia residents in the 25-to-34 age group have a high likelihood of struggling with debts. While some may assume that these millennials are mostly dealing with high student loan balances, credit card debts are more common. The 2018 Planning and Progress Study from Northwestern Mutual looked at the sources of debt for this demographic group and found that 24 percent of debts came from credit cards whereas only 16 percent resulted from student loans.

Estate planning can help young people

Young people in Virginia may not dedicate a lot of time or mental energy to thinking about estate planning. For many millennials, especially those who are single and do not have children, making out a will seems unimportant or a matter to be considered for the future. According to one survey, 78 percent of younger adults do not have a will or other estate documents in place. While many note that death is an unpleasant topic, for many people, the issue is simply off their radar.

Rise in credit card delinquencies worries economists

Figures from the Federal Reserve suggest that a worrying number of consumers in Virginia and around the country are finding it difficult to make their credit card payments on time despite a robust economy and low unemployment. The credit card delinquency rate in the United States now stands at an alarming 2.47 percent. That figure was 2.42 percent at the beginning of 2017 and 2.12 percent in early 2015. This means that about $23 billion in this type of revolving debt is currently 30 or more days past due.

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