Savings…Anybody Know What That Is?

Posted By on June 26, 2012

Hmm…

Survey: More Than 25% of Americans Have No Emergency Savings!

By Nancy Stanley

While nearly half of Americans don’t have enough money saved to cover emergencies, one-quarter don’t have any money saved, according to Bankrate.com’s Financial Security Index survey.

The general rule of thumb is to have enough cash saved to cover at least six months of expenses.

However, only 25 percent of Americans have saved that amount and 17 percent have three to five months’ expenses saved, while 28 percent have no emergency savings and 21 percent have less than three months’ expenses saved.

Those earning more than $75,000 annually have higher odds of saving six months of expenses. Only 9 percent of these high earners don’t have emergency savings versus 52 percent of those earning less than $30,000.

Among retirees, 41 percent have enough money saved to cover at least six months’ expenses, while 26 percent have less than six months’ expenses saved and 18 percent have no savings.

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