Chart of the Day: Any bets on the savings rate?
I published a post yesterday quoting Richard Koo, chief economist of Nomura Research Institute and author of Balance Sheet Recession, as saying American consumers are suffering from a balance sheet problem and will not increase consumption until their personal finances are back in order. The chart below, courtesy of Clusterstock, leaves scant hope that individuals will stop saving and start spending again anytime soon.
“For one thing, we’re way below the personal savings rate we saw in the early 70s, let alone the savings rate in the pre-Greenspan era. With the recent wealth shock and the aging population, there are a lot of folks eager to hold on to every last dollar they’ve got,” said Clusterstock.
Source: Joe Weisenthal and Kamelia Angelova, Clusterstock – The Business Insider, September 30, 2009.
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