What Percentage of Americans Have an Emergency Fund? Are Saving for Retirement?

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Mar 31, 2015
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Behavioral Finance, Question of the Day, Research, Investing, Savings, Current Events, Chart of the Week

Answer:  63%

From USA Today:

Questions to stimulate classroom discussion:

  • What do you think is an appropriate headline for the pie chart?  For the bar chart?
  • In looking at the percentage of each age group saving for retirement, which group would benefit the most from the impact of compound interest?
  • What is the appropriate size of an emergency fund?  Why do you think an emergency fund is important?
  • Aside from personal savings for retirement, what are other income sources for people in retirement?

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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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