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Old 08-22-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Despite record lows for "savings rates", Americans are awash in cash?

Investors opt for cold, hard comfort

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They are sitting on an estimated $5.6 trillion in cash, money market funds, savings accounts and bank certificates of deposits or about 14 percent of their total assets, according to the latest government report. That's up $1 trillion from three years ago.
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:19 AM   #2
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I think a significant part of the cash amount is due to borrowing and then holding the borrowed amount in a savings or money market account.

I know a lot of my family and friends (and me!) have borrowed low interest money through credit cards, mortgage refinances, or student loans. This money is then put in a savings or money market account of some sort at a higher rate than the loan interest rate. Some are getting these large cash amounts while the rates are/were low for future expenses (home improvements/additions, new vehicles, etc.).

5.6 trillion dollars is $18,700 per person. Not huge when you think about it.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
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5.6 trillion dollars is $18,700 per person. Not huge when you think about it.
It means that the "average" family of four has $75K in cash.

(usual disclaimer about averages applies)
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Old 08-22-2005, 01:14 PM   #4
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It means that the "average" family of four has $75K in cash.

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The "average" family size of four is way above the real average of 2.59 persons per household (US census, 2000). Using the US Census average household size, the average household would have $48,400 in cash, CD's, money markets, etc. I'm not sure how much this means though, since it is a mean and not a median. The savings distribution is undoubtedly skewed in favor of the richer folks.
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Last year it was mentioned on the business news that Warren Buffett was holding $8B in cash waiting for something to buy. There may be quite a lot of folks doing the same thing on a smaller scale.
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Lesse, going from $4.6T to $5.6T over a 3 year period means 7%/year growth, which is what a lot of people here think is the "unmanipulated" inflation rate, so that means no change in inflation-adjusted terms. *

It looks like this guy is reporting about M2. * I looked at the historical data to see if there was any correlation to the stock market. * M2 went up 9% from Aug 2002-2003, which included the first big bull run. * It went up only 3% the following year, in which stocks *were basically flat. * And it went up about 3.5% in the last year.

In summary, I have no idea what this means.
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