Student loan debt has reached a record 1 in 5 US households, with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor. Because of the sluggish economy, fewer college students than before are able to settle into full-time careers immediately upon graduation, contributing to the jump in student loan debt.
Americans' wealth has shrunk so much that, in 2010, median family net worth was no more than it had been in 1992 after adjusting. According to the Fed's report, two decades of accumulated prosperity had vanished, mainly due to falling home prices.
Credit cards make sense in retirement, as long as you don't slack off on managing your credit. Seniors who maintain a healthy credit history and high FICO scores will benefit – not only from low interest rates and better terms on loans, but also from leveraging lucrative credit card sign-up bonuses to earn thousands in free travel, cash back, or other merchandise. The key is to use credit cards responsibly. Here are four tips on how to use your credit cards in retirement: