"Each of the components – job security, savings, debt, net worth and overall financial security – improved over the past month," said
- Job security turned positive for the first time since May, with 20% of Americans feeling more secure than one year ago and 17% feeling less secure.
- Savings is still the Achilles' heel of financial security, with those feeling less comfortable than a year ago (41%) outnumbering those more comfortable (14%) nearly three-to-one.
- Americans under age 30, college graduates and households with annual income of
$75,000or more continue to be most comfortable with their savings, while households with annual income under $30,000and the unemployed are least comfortable.
- Americans are neutral on debt, with 23% saying they're more comfortable than one year ago and 23% saying they're less comfortable.
- This is the first time since June that Americans' feelings on debt did not skew towards "less comfortable."
- Sentiment turned positive for the first time since July, with 24% of Americans reporting higher net worth than one year ago and 22% reporting lower net worth.
- Those under age 50 are the most likely to report higher net worth than one year ago, whereas those age 50 and up are the most likely to report lower net worth.
- Households with annual income of
$75,000or more are the most likely to have higher net worth; those with annual income under $30,000are most likely to report lower net worth.
Overall Financial Situation
- Americans' overall financial situation is still seen as negative, with 28% saying it is worse than one year ago and 23% saying it is better.
- The gap between those reporting a worse situation and those reporting a better situation has narrowed each month since October.
- Only 12% of retirees say their overall financial situation is better now than one year ago.
- More than half of Americans (56%) spent about what they'd expected this holiday season.
- Only 17% spent more than expected, while 24% spent less than expected (compared with 19% and 27%, respectively, last year).
- Households with annual income under
$50,000and those under age 30 were the most likely to say they spent less than expected.
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