Young and Dumb Again
Via this story by Catherine Rampell at the Washington Post comes the graphic below showing how personal savings rates have changed over the years by age group.
Recall that the personal savings rate is simply disposable income less spending, so, if you’ve got a negative savings rate, it means you’re probably not putting away much (or anything at all) for retirement while subsidizing your spending by going further into debt.
The 0-34 crowd is quickly getting back into the “buy stuff with money you don’t have” mindset as the yellow line has recently diverged sharply from the others. Presumably, some of this is being forced upon them due to wages rising slower than the cost of living.
Also, it’s interesting to note that, at the peak of the financial crisis/deleveraging, we barely got back to the savings rate of the early 1990s which, as compared to prior decades was well below the 12-13 percent norm.
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