Are Americans Saving Enough?
The average American saves only 1% of their income vs. 7% in the early 1990's. Americans save less than Japan, Italy, Germany, France, and Britain. Why such a low savings rate? According to the article The shift away from thrift, Americans are able to afford all their wants and needs through borrowing. Homeowners can refinance their homes and take out home equity loans to pay for their desires. The fact is however, people aren't saving nearly enough for retirement. Americans rely on the government for bankrupt pensions, social security, and welfare. Most Americans don't believe they need an IRA, or other form of retirement savings. They all believe that they will be taken care of by the government. These people need to be encouraged to save, otherwise the taxpayers, us, will be taking care of them for the rest of our lives.