In the aftermath of the Great Recession, Americans—feeling on edge and overly cautious, coupled with an inability to take out loans to buy houses and cars due to tightened lending practices by bailed out banks—began to save. Moody’s, which provides economic related data and research shows that more Americans began saving as a whole since the financial crisis, but if you break down the savings data into demographics, you’ll find stark differences in who’s actually doing the saving:
• Americans 55 and older have a savings rate of 13 percent • Those ages 45 to 54 have a savings rate of 6 percent • Gen X-ers ages 35 to 44 have a savings rate of 3 percent • Millennials. Those under 35 have a savings rate of negative 2 percent.
Negative 2 percent!
Yes, according to Moody’s and The Wall Street Journal, young Americans as a whole are burning through their earnings and going deeper into debt.