Who Has Enough Cash to Get Through the Coronavirus Crisis?
The following is excerpted from a New York Times article by our executive director Alissa Quart and Yaryna Serkez.
Do you have enough money saved to weather this pandemic? If you are an American, your answer may well be no.
Even before Covid-19, many Americans were living check to check, because of the costs of housing and child care, student debt payments, medical bills and the rest. Despite the cheery insistence of people like President Trump and personal finance gurus, the economic growth of the last decade had not brought wealth or security to most Americans. Fewer than half of American adults — just 47 percent — say that they have enough emergency funds to cover three months of expenses, according to a survey conducted this month by the Pew Research Center.