The debt-bubble landmine Obama left for Trump | New York Post:
"President Trump came in for much jeering when he told reporters he had “inherited a mess” from President Barack Obama.
On the economy, though, Obama did indeed leave behind a hidden mess: a seemingly healthy jobs market dependent on cheap debt.
When this debt bubble bursts, just as the last one did, the manufacturing jobs Trump wants to save will be in even greater peril.
The country’s last bubble was in housing.
Between 2000 and 2007, Americans nearly doubled their mortgage debt, from $5.9 trillion to $10.6 trillion.
This didn’t bother anyone in a position of power.
The housing boom created millions of jobs, from construction to home-furnishing, and people felt rich.
What bothered the pols was when the illusion broke.
Since the 2008 crash, neither Democrats nor Republicans have been interested in creating a sturdier economy.
Instead, they’ve built up another bubble, this time in the car and SUV industry.
The same way: cheap debt.
In 2010, Americans owed $809 billion on their cars (after adjusting for inflation).
Today, they owe nearly $1.2 trillion, according to the New York Fed.
And the rate of growth has been accelerating...
But who is borrowing for used cars — and at much higher interest rates — is a huge concern.
People with not-great credit scores have always made up about a fifth of the auto-loan market.
But the percentage of people borrowing even though they have really bad credit scores has surged, reports Bloomberg.
It’s now a third of the subprime auto-bond market, up from just 5 percent seven years ago..."