Most Americans Prefer A Savings Account To Stocks

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Most Americans Prefer A Savings Account To Stocks

Even after last year’s bull market and indexes that have doubled since 2009, most Americans still don’t trust the stock market. A recent survey of 1000 households by Bankrate found that 73% of Americans are more interested in safe, low-yield investments (including savings accounts) than in buying stocks, reports Allison Ross at Bankrate.com.

While you would expect some reticence after the financial crisis, it seems to have lasted longer than after previous crashes. “A lot of individual investors got burned twice and as a result they swore off investing in equities,” said Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride, who argues that inflation risk does more damage to portfolios than volatility in equity markets.

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