Survey: Americans’ Financial Security Edges Up in August

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Americans’ confidence in their finances has edged up since June, according to a new survey.

Country Financial, Bloomington, Ill., published this finding in its August 2012 release of the Country Financial Security Index. The company recorded an index score of 65.9 in August, 0.8 points higher than in June 2012.

Though a smaller percentage of people this month indicate their level of financial security is “excellent” (7.6% versus 9.0% in June), more respondents in August note that their financial security is “good” (32.2% versus 30.4% in June) or fair (41.2% versus 38.2%).

Also, fewer people in August say their financial security is poor (17.3% versus 20.8%).

Reflecting the increased optimism, more survey respondents in August than in June indicate they are setting aside money for savings or investments (51.5% vs. 50.5%), are somewhat likely to enjoy a comfortable retirement (39.6% vs. 35.5%), are somewhat confident they’ll have enough money to pay for a child’s college education (41.2% vs. 33.9%) and are somewhat confident they can pay off all debts as they come due (34.3% vs. 33.2%).

Men in the survey evinced a higher level financial security than women (68.2 vs. 64.0 on the Country Financial index). The gender gap is mirrored in the percentages of men and women who are setting aside money to save and invest (55.3% vs. 48.4%), are very likely to enjoy a comfortable retirement (21.4% vs. 15.0%) and who say that, if they were die or become disabled, they would leave enough money for their families to live on (23.9% vs. 20.2%).

Also showing the highest levels of financial security are boomers between the ages of 50 and 64, who score 65.8 in the Country Financial Index, Caucasians (66.5), people with annual incomes over $100,000 (79.3), married individuals (68.2) and those who are without children (66.5).

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