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Debt to GDP Ratio Historical Chart

This chart compares the level of gross domestic product (GDP) with total credit market debt as reported in the Federal Reserve Flow of Funds report. It took roughly $1.30 in new debt to create $1 of GDP in 1952. Today it takes over $3.50 in debt to generate a single dollar of additional GDP.

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Sources: BEA, Federal Reserve
Notes: Vertical grey areas on chart indicate recessions.
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