In the United States, the personal saving rate (saving as a percentage of disposable income) is just 3.8%—considerably below the high of 13% reached in the early 1970s. In Another Penny Saved, just released by Oxford Economics in cooperation with our sponsors, we examine how the US can lift its long-run economic growth rate, reduce the risk of future burdens on the taxpayer, and create more sustainable growth by increasing this rate.
- Over the next 25 years, raising the saving rate would add a discounted $7 trillion to America’s economy, equal to about half of today’s GDP; by 2040, per capita GDP would be around $3,500 higher than it would be otherwise, measured in today’s prices.
- America also would reduce its reliance on inflows of foreign capital that have enabled us to save less in recent years. Raising household saving would reduce that dependency, providing a more stable source of capital.
- By raising savings—especially retirement savings—we can empower people to be more self-sufficient: not only reducing elder poverty, but reducing the risk that taxpayers will have to shoulder the burden of an elderly poverty crisis.
Infographic: What should policymakers do next?
The resounding consensus at the US Saving Forum was this—in order to bridge the savings gap, government intervention is not optional. Our infographic examines what policymakers can do to lift the household saving rate.
Infographic: What can Americans do to boost their savings?
45% of low-middle income households are at risk for losing their current standard of living during retirement. For low-income households that number is 82%. This infographic examines what Americans can do to ensure long-term quality of life.
About the program
Another Penny Saved was produced by Oxford Economics in conjunction with a group of financial and public-policy organizations that have come together to encourage an open debate and positive action on increasing saving to renew America’s economy. Supporting companies and organizations include AARP, the Aspen Institute, the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Financial Services Roundtable, John Hancock Financial, LPL Financial, Natixis Global Asset Management, the New England Council, Putnam Investments, and the US Chamber of Commerce.