40% Of Americans Have $500 Or Less In Savings
A survey of about 1,100 Americans finds that more than 4-in-10 respondents admit they donâ€™t have more than $500 in readily accessible savings.
The survey is a kind of departure forÂ CreditDonkey.com, a website that compares credit card deals. Not respondents all were poor. Some had big houses, big mortgages or 401(k)s, but still no more than five Benjamins to rub together right now.
Jill Michal, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, reacts to the lack of liquid assets.
â€śIt doesnâ€™t shock me, but it does scare me. You know, we often say that the reason so many people fall off the edge in a tough economy is that theyâ€™re standing way too close to it, and I think this is a perfect demonstration of that.â€ť
Michal says thereâ€™s a lack of training in personalÂ finances.
â€śThis is about life skills. Itâ€™s not just about arithmetic and reading, but we have to be able to teach the next generation that we have to be able to save for our own futures and we have to be able to save for those risks that could come our way.â€ť