The fifth annual national survey assessing household saving revealed that — despite hopeful macroeconomic signs — an increasing number of Americans are having difficulty saving to meet goals ranging from meeting emergencies to affording retirement. Over the last three years, the number who spend less than their income and save the difference, are building home equity, have adequate emergency savings, and think they are saving enough for retirement has declined.  However, the survey also revealed that having a savings plan has beneficial financial effects, even for lower-income families.

The survey was released to kick off “America Saves Week,” (Feb. 19-26) an annual effort by hundreds of national and local organizations to promote good savings behavior. America Saves, managed by the Consumer Federation of America, the American Savings Education Council and the Employee Benefit Research Institute, coordinate the event.

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