The composition of the debt has changed. Mortgage debt is still below the 2008 peak.
Aggregate household debt balances increased in the fourth quarter of 2017, for the 14th consecutive quarter, and are now $473 billion higher than the previous (2008:Q3) peak of $12.68 trillion. As of December 31, 2017, total household indebtedness was $13.15 trillion, a $193 billion (1.5 percent) increase from the third quarter of 2017. Overall household debt is now 17.9 percent above the 2013Q2 trough.
Number of Accounts by Type
The number of auto loan accounts well exceeds the 2008 peak, while the number of mortgage loan accounts is well below the previous peak.
Mortgage Originations by Credit Score
Credit Score Percentiles
Credit scores show how the housing bubble formed. Things are comparatively benign now.
Auto Loan Scores
Auto loan scores have improved since 2008 but they represent a problem area.
Percent of Balance 90 Days or Over Delinquent
Auto loan delinquencies are on the rise. I believe those student loan numbers are massaged.
Total Balance by Delinquency Status
That chart looks as if it's in a bottoming process. Rising interest rates, rising rent, and rising medical expenses will eat up every bit of wage gains.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock