Financial Health Pulse

Financial Health Pulse
 Pulse Points: Savings Dwindled as Spending Increased in Q4 2021

Pulse Points: Savings Dwindled as Spending Increased in Q4 2021

Consumers spent more money on recreation and eating out during the 2021 holiday season than during the 2020 holiday season, but many remain vulnerable as government relief programs expire and inflation continues. This brief examines the factors that may shape financial health in the early months of 2022.

Financial Health Pulse
 Account Balances

Account Balances

Liquid account balances trended downward over the period of April 1 – June 30, 2021. This was likely due to individuals spending down high balances, which were caused by stimulus payments and tax refunds. Balances in accounts owned by Financially Healthy individuals continued to be higher than those in accounts owned by Financially Coping or Financially Vulnerable individuals. In addition, those with household incomes above $100,000 had consistently higher balances than those with lower incomes.