Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, US household debt was on the rise, reaching over $14 trillion. While much of this debt stems from mortgages, a growing amount stems from non-mortgage consumer debt, including student loans, medical debt, credit cards, installment loans, and auto loans. With the number of Americans facing unemployment, lost wages, and depleted savings due to the COVID-19 crisis, we can expect that household debt as well as defaults and delinquencies will rapidly climb.

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