Debt, the (un)wanted member in the capitalist financial system (family), without which the 'family' will not be able to grow and prosper, especially for those with financial assets (the haves) whose monies, via the financial system, are lent to those who don't have.  Then..., takes over the other (un) wanted cousin in the family, composite interest, which, highly unfortunately, causes many to end up in a debt trap, especially ordinary consumers who have to fund continuously rising cost of living expences, over which they have no influence or control.  The size of the thing (debt) = $ 313 trillion, which is 313% of a global GDP of $100 trillion -  a debt bubble of note!  Are you suceptable to incurring excessive debt?  Find out and profile your Debt Propensity Behaviour.  Click here and take the test.