Personal Debt Up Sharply In 1959 As
Growth In Savings Shows Decrease;
"Buy Now And Pay later” Is Factor
Hie American people last
year added only 62 cents to]
their accumulated long-term av-j
ing for every dollar of the net
increase in their personal bor
The 1959 relationship repre
sents an abrupt about-t. ee from
the previous year when the
people’s “nest egg" in accumu
lated long-term savings grew by
$1.38 for every do. Ur of person- 1
al debt increase during thatl
year, and (likewise from 1957 j
when the ratio was $1.12 in in-'
creased savings for each dollarj
of debt expansion. In fact, the]
relationship last year was the'
most unfavorable with respect]
to savings since 1950 when it;
v affected by the carryover
of wartime consumer goods
shortages plus the onset of the
Check to Savings Growth
A big factor behind last year's
development was a sharp rever
sal in the growth trend of ac
cumulated long-term individual
savings since the mid-Fifties.
Combined with this was the es
tablishment of a new record in
personal borrowing, with the
more traditional types of debt
incurred to buy homes, cars and
other goods swelled by the ris
ing prevalence of "Buy Now,
Pay Later” plans.
It is true, of course, that the
American people have other
large financial resources, such;
as increasing equities in homes,
ownership of securities, and
holdings of currency, plus the
growing assets of pension and
retirement plans. And it is a;
fact, too. that individuals last
yeaj were large buyers of high-|
yielding Treasury notes, much of
this at the expense of savings
Nonetheless, the 50 per cent
jump in the expansion of per- 1
sonal debt in 1959 over the
growth in 1958 is causing con
cern. Equally disturbing is the?
reduced growth in savings, par- ’
ticularly so with respect to the;;
vital area of capital formation.!
in which personal savings and}
the people’s thrift institutions
play such a fundamental role in
promoting economic growth.
Debt and Savings Data
The figures show that person
al debt crossed the S2OO billion
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mark for the first time in 1959,
j rising to an estimated $211.8 bil-
I lions at the end of the year for
; an increase of $21.1 billions over
the year before. This increase
was $7.4 billions more than the
rise in 1958, and topped the pre
vious record annual debt expan
sion of just over S2O billions in
1955. The debt figures comprise
mortgages on one-to-four family
] nonfarm homes, consumer credit,
.life insurance policy loans, and
I farm mortgage and non-real es
| At the same time, total ac
cumulated long-term savings of
I individuals grew by just over
* sl3 billions in 1959 to reach an
estimated $294.4 billions at the
year end. Last year’s increase
compared with a rise of just
under sl9 billions in these sav
ings in 1958, and represents one
of the smallest annual gains in
several years. These savings,
compiled by the Federal Home
Loan Bank Board, consist of
savings accumulated behind life
insurance policies, accounts in
savings and loan associations,
time deposits m-.eommercial and
mutual savings banks and in
Postal Savings, accounts in cred
it unions, and redemption value]
of U. S. Savings Bonds held by]
A breakdown of the savings',
figures shows that savings in
life insurance increased $4.4
I billions in 1959, virtually the
same as the year before. The
l>ct growth in savings and loan
associatons was $6.6 billions for
the year, up a half billion over
' the year before while credit un
ions showed an increase of about
SIOO millions over the half bil
lion growth in 1958. However, i
savings deposits in mutual sav
ings banks showed a net in
crease of only S9OO millions last
year as compared with $2.3 bil
lions in 1958. and the compar
able figures for time deposits in
commercial banks were $2.7
billions as compared with $6.3
billions. Redemption value of
U. S. Savings Bonds held by
individuals declined by $1.9 bil
lions during 1959, nearly four
times the drop in the year be
Pacesetters In Borrowing
Home mortgages paced the
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growth in personal debt last'
year. Preliminary figures place]
the mortgage debt on one-to-|
I four family nonfarm homes at ;
the end of 1959 at just over sl3ll
[billions, a rise of $13% billions j
, over the year before and a bil- j
lion dollars greater than the pre
vious annual record set in 1955. j
Housing starts in 1959 were 1
about the sam e as 1955, but the!
mortgage borrowing total wasj
boosted by the inflation of home!
construction costs in recent,
years, the growth in demand for
larger homes, and the trend to
ward smaller down payments.
Consumer credit was the other
big personal debt booster last
year, with a net rise of just j
under $6% billions to bring the;
total to a new high estimated ati
$52 billions at the year-end. I
The only year to show a gain|
this large was 1955. Then the;
big factor was a boom automo-j
bile sales year, but the recent|
proliferation of revolving credit;
programs and other individual!
borrowing plans throughout the.
range of consumer expenditure
has become a more significant
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• Go to bed earlier.
• Place your water heater as
near the sink, lavatory and
bath tub as possible.
• Use small pipes and insulate
well on long runs.
• Don't bathe your kids too
often. If they smeli, send
them outside to plav.
• Stop all faucet leaks. You
pay to pump and heat water.
Why waste it°
• Ditch vour TV (not a bad
• If a fuse blows, find the cause
and correct it.
• Don't pay your electric bill
and be disconnected This
will save everything.
• Pay your electric bill before
the 10th of the month and
save the collection charge.
•Go to church frequently.
While there, your TV. radio
and other equipment will not
be in use.
• Locate your refrigerator and
freezer where they will not be
in a direct blast of yobr
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Accept their invitations Jo
stay for meals —even for baths
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