Category Archives: Chart of the Week

Chart of the Week: Kids Still Have Hands Out After College

According to a University of Arizona study, approximately half of recent college graduates are receiving financial help from their families, and only 30% are completely self-sufficient two years out of college. While student loans and other debt have been a … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Empty Nest Egg and the Not-So-Golden Years

More than a third of Americans are not saving at all for retirement, with the biggest non-savers being people 18-29 years old who are saddled by debt. Nearly half of the people surveyed (46%) believe that it’s impossible for middle-income … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Graduated College: Was It Worth It?

Even though only approximately 56% of students earn college degrees within six years*—completion rate of 73% among students who started at four-year schools and 40% among two-year institutions—many college graduates believe that college was worth it when all was said … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: How Do You Feel About the Economy?

It has taken seven years for the American public to feel better about the economy. According to a recent CNBC All-America Economic Survey, only 33% of people surveyed believe the current state of the economy is poor, which equals the … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Who’s Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

According to a recent study conducted by the Brookings Institution, about one-third of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. This means that nearly 26 million middle class Americans might own homes and fund retirement accounts, but they don’t have much … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: U.S. Wealth Gap Widens

The wealth gap in the U.S. has widened past early 20th-century levels, as the richest 10% of Americans are accounting for the biggest share of national income since the 1930s. While the U.S. is the only developed nation to surpass … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Millennials Drowning in Debt

While the huge group of baby boomers moving into retirement garners most of the attention, it is a lesser-known faction that is struggling under increased financial pressure. About 40% of Millennials—people within the ages 22 to 33—say they are overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: The Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed

According to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, the share of people who have been out of work in the U.S. more than six months has declined since the Great Recession but is still above its previous peak reached … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: 65+ Population Set to Boom

According to recent reports issued by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of people 65 and older in the U.S. is expected to almost double from about 43 million in 2012 to approximately 84 million in 2050. Much of this … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Will Health Care Costs Break Your Retirement?

Planning for retirement is critical, and health care costs may eat up a bigger portion of your savings than you expect. Few have counted the costs, thinking they’ll rely on Medicare. Two-thirds of Americans haven’t budgeted for health care in retirement, even … Continue reading

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