Posts Tagged ‘Savings’

“Consumers now own a mountain of credit-card debt in excess of $1 trillion – the highest level since before the 2008 financial crisis.  Meanwhile, the savings rate for consumers dropped to just 2.9% as of November, versus nearly 6% just two years ago. The only time Americans have been saving less than today was 1929-1931 – during the peak of the Great Depression.  In other words, Americans are borrowing more and saving less than virtually any time in history.  How long can that last?” -P.J. O’Rourke
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“Debt is simply a way for you to own and control more than you can currently afford from your savings. When you take on debt, you are agreeing to use future earnings to pay for something you want now. In general, if it’s something consumed – like a car, clothes, or airplane tickets – all you’re doing is stealing from your future to satisfy your present desires or needs. Eventually, it will not work.” -David Eifrig

  • Despite the long bull market, more Americans today have more debt than money in the bank than at any point since 1962, according to Deutsche Bank.
  • American household savings levels are at levels last seen in December 2007… right before the economy slipped into a recession that spurred the global financial crisis.
  • And total U.S. consumer debt – credit cards, auto loans, and student loans – just surged by the most in two years to $3.8 trillion.
  • And government debt is creeping toward a $1 trillion deficit per year. The national debt has topped $20 trillion.

 

If these folks can’t save or make their payments in a strong economy… how will they do it when interest rates go up and the next inevitable recession hits?

The answer is that they won’t.

-Steve Longenecker

“Inflation is the creation of money and credit beyond the savings rate.  You see, the real impact of this new money comes when it enters the banking system.” -Porter Stansberry

“No matter how skilled you are as an investor, upping your savings rate is more powerful to your wealth than either increasing your income or increasing your investment returns.  That’s because it’s a one-two punch… you increase what you have to invest, while decreasing what you spend.  You also learn how to live longer on less money….  Remember that ultimately, how much you save will be the difference between a lifetime of poverty… or one of wealth.” -David Eifrig

“Your retirement… and wealth that you accumulate across your lifetime… depends almost entirely on just one factor: Your savings rate.  It doesn’t matter whether you make $30,000 per year or $300,000.  It’s all about the percentage that you can save.” -David Eifrig

Living Proof

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Money Matters
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“Savings are proof that a person, or a country, has been living below their means.  Debt, on the other hand, is evidence that the world has been living above its means.” -Doug Casey