Americans Have a Hard Time Covering Emergency Expenses
By Rani Molla
A recent Federal Reserve Board report aimed to paint a picture of American household finances following the recession—and it’s bleak, especially in situations that require cash.
That’s likely because Americans have little savings: 57% of those who had savings prior to 2008 said they used up some or all of it following the recession, according to the report. (A recent report by bankrate.com showed that 1 in 4 had no savings at all.) Declining savings makes emergency expenses more difficult to cover.
According to the survey, only 48% of respondents would be able to cover an emergency expense of $400 without having to sell something or borrow. About 43% said they wouldn’t be able to afford a major medical expense out of pocket.
Friday, August 15, 2014
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