Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Saving for the rainy day

When it comes to retirement savings, most Americans have little or nothing.

According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), which looked at the state of American retirement in a 2016 report, the top one percent of families had $1.08 million or more stashed away in 2013. That's 216 times the median working-age family (50th percentile), which had only $5,000 saved in 2013.
The 90th percentile family had $274,000 saved, which is 55 times the total of the median American family. 
The 80th percentile family had $116,000, or 23 times the median family.

Participation in retirement savings plans is highly unequal across income groups," the EPI reports. "In 2013, nearly nine in 10 families in the top income fifth had retirement account savings, compared with fewer than one in 10 families in the bottom income fifth."


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