Donald C. Reutemann CFP®, RPA, AIF®

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U.S. Personal Savings Rate

The U.S. personal saving rate stood at 3.4 percent at the end of 2022, down from the 7.5 rate at the end of 2021.The personal saving rate is the federal government's estimate of what percent of their incomes U.S. households are saving. But market watchers and economists are mixed on what can be learned from swings in the saving rate.1

Why Economists Struggle

They struggle with the personal saving rate because it's a derivative number – that is, it's not measured directly. Instead, the Bureau of Economic Analysis derives the saving rate from other estimates. Here's how it's calculated:2

  1. The Bureau of Economic Analysis subtracts payroll and income taxes from personal income to get disposable personal income.
  2. The Bureau then subtracts its estimate of personal outlays, which include expenditures, interest payments, and payments, from disposable personal income to get an estimate of personal savings.
  3. The personal saving rate is calculated by dividing personal income by personal savings.

As currently structured, the U.S. Personal Saving Rate does not include capital gains from the sale of land or financial assets in its estimate of personal income. This effectively excludes capital gains – an important source of income for some.

Gaining Insight

Gaining a bit of insight into a popular economic indicator can help you better understand trends as they are discussed in newspapers and websites. However, don't let your long-term savings program be influenced by a national number.

1. StLouisFed.org, 2023
2. BEA.gov, 2023

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