As Americans adjust their spending habits in a rapidly changing economy, they are building cash reserves at an unprecedented rate.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on May 29th that the personal savings rate hit a historic 33% in April. To put that into perspective, it’s the highest number since the Bureau started tracking personal savings in the 1960s.1
Economists are struggling with the question, “When will consumers be confident enough to start spending some of that cash stockpile?”
Optimists say the stockpile was due to “forced savings.” Staying home has led to less spending overall, on everything from clothes to commutes. As soon as restrictions loosen, that money could flow back into the economy.
On the other hand, pessimists may say that until virus fears drop and the unemployment rate improves, consumers will continue to conserve cash as a response to tremendous economic uncertainty.
We believe there is some merit in both schools of thought. We will be watching the personal savings rate alongside other economic indicators to see what, if any, long-term trends emerge.
If you’d like to discuss your personal savings rate, please give us a call. At Epic Capital, we’d welcome the chance to hear about any changes you have made in recent months and how to adjust your plan for the future.
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It can be exhausting trying to keep up with the whims of Wall Street. Lately, the financial markets have been fixated on federal taxes and what may be proposed on Capitol Hill in the weeks and months ahead. Wall Street’s focus on taxes closely follows its attention on the 10-year Treasury yield. And it wasn’t … Continue reading “The Whims of Wall Street”
President Joe Biden introduced the much-anticipated American Jobs Plan, which outlines an approach to spend roughly $2.2 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure and other projects. As part of the legislative process, the Biden administration also laid out a proposal for paying for the domestic investment. The plan includes raising the corporate tax rate to 28% … Continue reading “Paying for the Infrastructure Bill”
Financially, many of us associate the spring with taxes – but we should also associate December with important IRA deadlines. This year, like 2020, will see a few changes and distinctions. December 31, 2021, is the deadline to take your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from certain individual retirement accounts.
There’s an old Wall Street maxim that says, “markets climb a wall of worry.” And these days, there’s plenty to worry about with the trend in long-term interest rates and bonds.
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