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Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin
TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Mandi Woodruff

Posted on 02/04/2013 1:37:40 PM PST by blam

Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin

Mandi Woodruff
February 4, 2013, 1:19 PM

In the past few years, Americans have learned a thing or two about how quickly disaster can strike.

And with each Hurricane Sandy, housing crisis, and stock market crash that rocks our world, we're faced with the realization that many of us simply aren't prepared for the worst.

A sobering new report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows nearly half of U.S. households (132.1 million people) don't have enough savings to weather emergencies, or finance long-term needs like college tuition, health care and housing.

According to the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, these people wouldn't last three months if their income was suddenly depleted. More than 30 percent don't even have a savings account, and another 8 percent don't bank at all.

We're not just talking about people who living people the poverty line, either. Plenty of the middle class have joined the ranks of the "working poor," struggling right alongside families scraping by on food stamps and other forms of public assistance.

More than one-quarter of households earning $55,465-$90,000 annually have less than three months of savings.

And another quarter of households are considered net worth asset poor, "meaning that the few assets they have, such as a savings account or durable assets like a home, business or car, are overwhelmed by their debts," the study says.

Stuck on the wheel

One of the prolonging reasons consumers have consistently struggled to make ends meet has more to do with larger economic issues than whether or not they can balance a checkbook.

Per the report, household median net worth declined by over $27,000 from its peak in 2006 to $68,948 in 2010, and at the same time

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; families; finance; savings

1 posted on 02/04/2013 1:37:50 PM PST by blam
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2 posted on 02/04/2013 1:40:55 PM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: blam

Why only half?

If you don’t have overseas bank accounts, like a Limbaugh or Levin might, and the dollar pulls a Zimbabwe or 1920’s Germany, then you are wiped out completely. Your wealth, whether you had a little or a lot... POOF! Instant Equality!!


3 posted on 02/04/2013 1:43:08 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: blam

Obviously, we need a govermnent program to fix this problem.


4 posted on 02/04/2013 1:43:46 PM PST by MeganC (“Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!”)
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To: blam
...nearly half of U.S. households (132.1 million people) don't have enough savings to weather emergencies, or finance long-term needs like college tuition, health care and housing.

If they did, Obama would classify them as "rich" and take it away from them anyway.

All money rightfully belongs to government.

5 posted on 02/04/2013 1:43:54 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: blam
More than one-quarter of households earning $55,465-$90,000 annually have less than three months of savings.

I bet they have lot's of nice toys though.

6 posted on 02/04/2013 1:44:50 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: blam

“Keeping up with the Jones” is pretty expensive these days.


7 posted on 02/04/2013 1:44:58 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Diogenesis

And which imbecile do we have to thank for this?

Not the moron in chief of course but the millions who went brain-dead and voted for Klownie the Kenyan.


8 posted on 02/04/2013 1:46:42 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: blam

Most people spend what they earn. I see it every day. Whether you earn $1,000 per month or $10,000.

At the end of the month... they’re broke.

On the other hand, I’ve seen families do quite well on “minimum wage”.

Its all about priorities.


9 posted on 02/04/2013 1:46:56 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: blam
As long as the Lord provides an abundance of squirrels and feral pigs, I'm fine.

/johnny

10 posted on 02/04/2013 1:49:14 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: blam

From the article: “We’re not just talking about people who living people the poverty line, either.”

What do you suppose this means? Does no one edit or proofread any longer?


11 posted on 02/04/2013 1:49:31 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Most of the people (where I know the situation) have more non-mortgage debt than savings. People tend to treat their debt like savings and savings like debt. In their world, Debt is for buying things and savings are for emergencies. It is supposed to be the other way around.

Neither of my siblings have a dime in savings. I saw the damage my parents caused by giving them money so that idea is right out.


12 posted on 02/04/2013 1:50:43 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: blam

Spend more time making money and less time spending money.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 1:57:34 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: blam

We plowed all of our money into

paying our home off and then hubby lost his job.

Oh well.


14 posted on 02/04/2013 1:57:52 PM PST by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Personal finance success has never been about what you make. It’s what you keep that counts.


15 posted on 02/04/2013 2:00:49 PM PST by abb
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16 posted on 02/04/2013 2:03:13 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: C210N
If you don’t have overseas bank accounts, like a Limbaugh or Levin might, and the dollar pulls a Zimbabwe or 1920’s Germany, then you are wiped out completely. Your wealth, whether you had a little or a lot... POOF! Instant Equality!!" The trick, my friend, is to invest in real, tangible assets today....while your fiat currency is still accepted for real goods.
17 posted on 02/04/2013 2:04:21 PM PST by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: blam

Obama’s ruinous Marxist economic policies at work.

Or is it STILL Bush’s fault...


18 posted on 02/04/2013 2:16:06 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: AppyPappy

I saw the damage my parents caused by giving them money so that idea is right out.
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Can I have their money? We’re brothers in a way.


19 posted on 02/04/2013 2:21:38 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: NEMDF
What do you suppose this means? Does no one edit or proofread any longer?

But resist proofread, you much… you must… and you will much… about… that… be committed.

20 posted on 02/04/2013 2:24:27 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Fred911

A scenario such as that is uncharted territory, assuming one owns lots of assets requiring fiat currency to maintain.

Consider the Agenda-21 game, being played out today in many towns and cities, where the purpose is to get people out of their big-carbon-footprint homes into affordable inner-city apartments, with loss of property rights. All of a sudden a “crisis” pops up for which there is already an agenda-based solution for.

We live in interesting times...


21 posted on 02/04/2013 2:28:53 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Diogenesis

Accurately, it’s 47%, and they’re the same ones who vote (D) to keep the handouts comin’ from Obama Money.....


22 posted on 02/04/2013 3:02:08 PM PST by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: C210N

I heard Glenn Beck say today that Monsanto had signed on with the Agenda-21 folks.


23 posted on 02/04/2013 3:07:25 PM PST by blam
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To: Responsibility2nd

About three years ago....I had this guy telling me about his neighbors. The husband and wife were pulling in around $170k per year between them. The house was a $700k house, with $2,400 payments due each month. Both had new cars. Credit cards were maxed to $70k between them. One had student loans in the $40k range still left to go. While they did put money into their 401k, they were mostly broke after that point. If either ever got unemployed....they’d probably go under within six months....because there was no extra cash around except the 401k that they could utilize. Twenty years ago....I wouldn’t have believed a story like that. Today? There are thousands of couples around America in such lousy economic shape.


24 posted on 02/04/2013 3:14:01 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: NEMDF
"What do you suppose this means? Does no one edit or proofread any longer?"

It's who the journalists know, how loyal they are to the contemporary definition of diversity and how skilled they are at knowing others (see flexibility, stunts). [Little humor and criticism about contemporary journalism there.]


25 posted on 02/04/2013 3:32:02 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: C210N
Wondering why you single out Levin and Rush?

Besides that....I have an offshore account. And I don't have their kind of money..........

26 posted on 02/04/2013 3:36:19 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: blam

After being unemployed for almost 2 years, out of desperation I accepted a job and am paid my 1992 salary when I was with the phone company....pathetic.


27 posted on 02/04/2013 3:38:08 PM PST by 1217Chic
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To: Responsibility2nd
More than one-quarter of households earning $55,465-$90,000 annually have less than three months of savings.

There's no excuse for that. That's a dream income for some of us.

28 posted on 02/04/2013 3:42:48 PM PST by bgill
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"I heard Glenn Beck say today that Monsanto had signed on with the Agenda-21 folks."

Proponents of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (big corporations) unsuccessfully tried to stop the Tester Amendment (to let small farmers off the hook) from happening. The Act required fees that would have prevented very small farming operations and inspections that would have violated Fourth Amendment rights of those who live on their small farms (raids to enforce regulations, etc.).

Over the years, I've seen proxies of big corporations in local commissioners' meetings (county level), shutting down attempts to start small production shops. They can get really nasty about enforcing local zoning laws against new, small production starts (wood products, electronics, steel parts, automotive repair, all).

Why compete, when government can be so easily used to prevent competition from starting? IMO, that's the root of the economic problem now.

I'm not saying that everyone in big business is in bed with socialism, but there's too much of that going on. Most average investors don't even know what's going on in regards to physical production.

That's what happened in Argentina, BTW. Production there was eventually owned-up by foreign interests that influenced government too much and sucked the country dry.

Many have said that our own country's wealth will continue from energy and agricultural production without a large manufacturing base. Most of us will more likely see what a third world country looks like, when it relies so much on agriculture and energy without high levels of other production.


29 posted on 02/04/2013 3:58:22 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: bgill

It is not all that great to make more. You will just give it to umbama so he can buy more votes. I wish I made less. It makes me sick how much I have to give the gov.


30 posted on 02/04/2013 4:18:21 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: bgill

“More than one-quarter of households earning $55,465-$90,000 annually have less than three months of savings. “

Figures like this have no meaning without context. In rural Alabama, this might make you pretty wealthy; in New York City, you would certainly be on welfare.


31 posted on 02/04/2013 4:31:20 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: blam
Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin ...not good enough - we want them all in ruin so we can all be equal......
32 posted on 02/04/2013 4:51:12 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: bgill

“... that’s a dream income for some of us..”

Unfortunately, if you look statistically across the nation.. that is a really nice income. However, I think it depends on the location that you live/work. I hate to say this but if a family in our county/state made 55 grand a year, they would be living in the absolute worst sections of the county. (we are talking about no WIC, housing assistance etc.. just plain income). Apartment rents in not so nice areas go for $1500 a month. Townhomes start at the $300,000 range (and they are in the not so nice area).


33 posted on 02/04/2013 4:51:46 PM PST by momtothree
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To: C210N
"Why only half?"

The other half never saw the view from the cliff in the first place....

34 posted on 02/04/2013 4:58:35 PM PST by Average Al
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Bookmark


35 posted on 02/04/2013 5:21:53 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: Osage Orange

Nothing intended citing them other than an example of respected conservatives with clout; I certainly enjoy both, especially Levin.

Good point that anybody can start an offshore account... and point graciously taken!


36 posted on 02/04/2013 6:32:57 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“More than one-quarter of households earning $55,465-$90,000 annually have less than three months of savings.

I bet they have lot’s of nice toys though.”

We don’t, but the worthless parasites we feed in the nearby welfare reservation do.


37 posted on 02/04/2013 6:39:56 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“On the other hand, I’ve seen families do quite well on “minimum wage”. Its all about priorities.”

I don’t know about Texas, but people doing well in NJ on minimum wage are having their rent, groceries, cell phones, and college paid for by me.


38 posted on 02/04/2013 6:45:39 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bramps

Dad dead. Mom close to Medicaid. Sorry


39 posted on 02/04/2013 7:02:34 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy

I’m sure you know I was just joking. All the best.


40 posted on 02/04/2013 7:16:55 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: C210N

Rush earns his money - he’s not some liberal elite who steals tax money to secure his wealth. Use dem examples... please.


41 posted on 02/04/2013 7:54:20 PM PST by GOPJ ( Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Vladimir Nabokov)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I bet they have lot's of nice toys though.

I always liked this commercial:

I'm in debt up to my eyeballs...
You Tube Link

42 posted on 02/05/2013 12:37:34 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: bramps

That’s where her money went.


43 posted on 02/05/2013 4:57:48 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Nachum

Still calling this OBAMA DEPRESSION a recession I see.

Smith and Nephew just laid off quite a number of people over 0’care.


44 posted on 02/05/2013 6:55:54 AM PST by GailA ( those who do not keep promises to the Military, won't keep them to U)
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To: C210N

No worries.......


45 posted on 02/05/2013 12:55:09 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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