It’s easy to fall into the trap of common perception regarding millennials.
Well, at least on the last one, you’d be wrong.
A chart from Deutsche Bank Economist Torsten Sløk shows that millennials, ages 20 to 35, have less debt than the same age cohort did in 2003.
“It is an urban myth that the young generation today is more indebted, it is the older generations that have higher debt levels,” said Sløk in a note. “The reason is that since 2009 it has been difficult for Millennials to get a loan. As a result, 25 to 35 year olds today have less debt than in 2003.”
Yes, millennials may have an increasing load of student debt, but they are also not taking out as many mortgages or other loans, therefore their total debt load is lower than the generation before them.
Whether millennials are “snake people” may be up for debate, but the idea that they are saddled with more debt is not.
- Deutsche Bank