Australia’s “scary” household debt problem

The Australian’s James Kirby has belatedly discovered that Australians are drowning in household debt, and that this places the economy at future risk:

It must rank as one of the scariest numbers in the housing market, yet it’s rarely mentioned…

The figure is the debt servicing ratio for households [from the Bank for International Settlements] and right now, Australia’s national “number” is running way too high – it is almost twice the level of comparable “advanced” economies, such as the US, Europe and Japan.

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