Two-fifths (38%) of American households feel they are making good or excellent progress in meeting
their savings needs, the 10th annual America Saves Week survey
found, while more than one in four (27%) aren’t making any progress at all.
This is according to research sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America and the American
Savings Education Council. The two
organizations looked at data from the past 10 years and found that
savings efforts have worsened. For example, in 2008, 53% of the population
saved 5% or more of their income. That has continued to steadily tick down to
48% in 2017.
percentage of people who save no income (23% in 2008) rose in the interim to a
high of 29% in 2013 but has returned to 23%. Ten years ago, 71% of the
population reported having sufficient emergency savings, but that is only 65%
today. And the percentage of people who believe they have or will have sufficient retirement
funds has declined from 58% to 54%.
during this time, the percentage of those who know their net worth declined
from 54% to 47%, while those with a savings goal sank from 62% to 52%. Participation in workplace retirement plans dropped as well (55% versus 49%).
surprising result was the continuing decline in those who have a goal,” said
Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America,
speaking during a webcast on the survey findings. “This is one
of the sharpest declines I have seen, and the long-term trend is unmistakable.”NEXT:
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