Shapiro says Americans’ low spending reflects “cruel lesson” about the dangers of debt
Lower consumer spending is contributing to America’s sluggish economy. Rather than borrowing and spending, Americans are repaying old debt and saving more. Why? Matthew Shapiro says “people got a cruel lesson about [the dangers] of debt” during the housing bubble and recession, when mortgages and credit card debt soared. Shapiro says that if Americans are able to keep saving, household spending may continue to rise at a slow and steady pace.