This week: Want your own personal army? Or do you want to buy everyone gasoline?

$8.48 trillion

The total Americans owe on their mortgages. That could buy the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, the entire Apple corporation — and still leave a fortune.

$1.6 trillion

What Americans owe in auto loans. That could pay the salary of 56 million army privates for your own personal army.

$1.31 trillion

How much college graduates owe in student loans. That could put 8.3 million people through all four years of college.

$779 billion

The total U.S. household debt for credit cards. That could buy gasoline for every adult in America for a year.

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