Monday , 25 September 2017


Guess What % of Americans STILL Have More Credit Card Debt Than Savings

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The economy is slowly hobbling back to health but for many Americansend of credit cards the rainy day fund is still looking a little dry, the credit card bill is still looking a little scary [Unfortunately, the liklihood is that,] as the economy strengthens further, many Americans will…spend their new found extra cash rather than save it. Words: 474

So writes Allison Linn (http://lifeinc.today.com) in edited excerpts from her original article* entitled 1 in 4 Americans have more credit card debt than savings.

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Linn goes on to say in further edited excerpts:

The Present

According to an annual survey…conducted in early February by the personal finance website Bankrate.com, of a representative sample of about 1,000 adults:

  • 24% of Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings,
  • 55% have more emergency savings than credit card debt,
  • 16 % had neither credit card debt nor savings and
  • 5% either didn’t know or wouldn’t answer.

The Past

The results are little changed from the same survey Bankrate.com did in 2011 and 2012 and suggests that, in general, [while] people’s ability to save up for a rainy day and keep a handle on credit card debt hasn’t gotten much worse in recent years, it hasn’t improved, either.

Greg McBride, senior financial analyst with Bankrate.com, said a big problem is that people’s wages have been pretty stagnant in recent years, even as expenses for things like food and health care have edged up.

Americans appeared to have been sobered by the Great Recession, [though, as] the total amount of revolving debt, which is made up mostly of credit card debt, fell between 2008 and 2010, according to the Federal Reserve….This doesn’t’ tell the whole story, said Lucia Dunn, economics professor at The Ohio State University.

Dunn’s research has shown that some people were able to pay off their credit card debt around the time of the Great Recession but “For those who were not able to pay off (their credit cards) and were still carrying a balance, that balance is still growing,” said Dunn, who was not involved in the Bankrate.com survey….

The Bankrate.com data also showed that…:

  • nearly 25% of respondents said they were feeling less comfortable about their savings levels than a year ago,
  • nearly 50% were feeling about the same and
  • only 14% said they were feeling better about their savings levels.

Future Expectations

McBride…said many Americans may have the goal of increasing their savings but find that they have little left over after the bills are paid. McBride said he wasn’t sure that many Americans would improve their financial habits once the economy improves [because recent] thriftiness has been forced on them because their credit lines have been cut, they’ve suffered a job loss or they’ve hit another financial brick wall [and that,] as the economy starts to strengthen further, many Americans will be more likely to spend their extra cash rather than save it.

Are you comfortable with the amount of money you have saved for an emergency? Comment in the section below.
Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.
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