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Money in the Bank? Assessing Families' Liquid Savings using the Survey of Consumer Finances

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We estimate that sixty percent of American families have liquid savings of less than three months of their own expenses, and nearly one-quarter have less than $400. In this Note we use data from the Federal Reserve Board's triennial Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) to directly assess American families' liquid savings.

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  • Neil Bhutta & Lisa J. Dettling, 2018. "Money in the Bank? Assessing Families' Liquid Savings using the Survey of Consumer Finances," FEDS Notes 2018-11-19, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfn:2018-11-19
    DOI: 10.17016/2380-7172.2275
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