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1 in 10 Americans say they'll be in debt for the rest of their lives — reality is way worse

Sarah Berger

For its 2018 Planning and Progress Study , Northwestern Mutual surveyed 2,003 U.S. adults, revealing just how far deep in debt Americans are. Northwestern Mutual found that 13 percent say they will be in debt the rest of their lives. Credit.com's study used data based on Experian's FileOne database, which consists of 220 million consumers.