Canadians are the most indebted in the world, OECD, as it warns on rising debt risk

Canadians are the most indebted in the world, OECD says, as it warns on rising debt risk

Consumer debt tops 100 per cent of gross domestic product in Canada

The OECD warned that rising private debt loads in both advanced and developing economies pose a risk to growth as Canada, South Korea and the U.K. lead the world in household borrowing.

“Household and corporate debt in many advanced and emerging market economies is high,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday in a pre-released section of a report to be presented next week. “While higher indebtedness does not necessarily imply that problems are just around the corner, it does increase vulnerability to shocks.”ASA

With the global economy showing its most even expansion since the financial crisis, debt levels and credit quality are among the risks that could trigger a downturn. Consumer debt tops 100 per cent of gross domestic product in Canada, with South Korea and Britain both above 80 per cent.

On corporate borrowing, the OECD warned about a shift in risk from banks to the bond market and a “substantial” decrease in credit quality.

 

The millennial disadvantage is real: Most millennials are worse off financially than parents

Most millennials will struggle to earn more money and find better jobs than their parents despite being more highly trained, according to a Credit Suisse study

November 14, 2017 Financial Post

 

ZURICH — Most millennials will struggle to earn more money and find better jobs than their parents despite being more highly trained, according to a study by Credit Suisse.

Defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as being those born between 1982 and 2000 — so between 35 and 17, now — millennials face tougher borrowing rules, rising home prices, less access to pensions and lower income mobility, the study said, creating a “perfect storm” holding back wealth accumulation.

“With the baby boomers occupying most of the top jobs and much of the housing, millennials are doing less well than their parents at the same age, especially in relation to income, home ownership and other dimensions of wellbeing,” the Swiss bank wrote in its annual Global Wealth report, published on Tuesday.

As a result only high achievers and those in lucrative areas like technology and finance have better prospects than their parents.

“We expect only a minority of high achievers and those in high-demand sectors such as technology or finance to effectively overcome the ‘millennial disadvantage,”’ Credit Suisse Chairman Urs Rohner said in the report.

Overall, Credit Suisse found global wealth at mid-2017 totalled US$280 trillion, up 6.4 per cent year-on-year, the fastest pace of growth since 2012 thanks to surging equity markets and more valuable non-financial assets such as property.

However, the wealth is heavily concentrated.

Some 36 million millionaires making up less than 1 per cent of the adult population own 46 per cent of global household wealth; 70 per cent of adults — 3.5 billion people — own less than US$10,000 in assets and account for 2.7 per cent of wealth.

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