New data reveals that Americans are keeping too much of their assets in cash

A recent survey reveals that U.S. adults currently hold $32,286 in cash on average. Many cling tightly to cash for the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are not exposed to investment risk. What percentage of your assets does cash make up?

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Jul 24, 2018
famejranc:

A recent survey reveals that U.S. adults currently hold $32,286 in cash on average. Many cling tightly to cash for the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are not exposed to investment risk. What percentage of your assets does cash make up?

I am surprised the number is that high. I thought the average adult was broke AF and in debt?

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Jul 24, 2018

Yeah the study could be bs. I just read another article about how 65% of americans have little to no savings

Jul 24, 2018

made the post mainly to start a discussion about how much cash one should keep on hand

Jul 26, 2018

This is a mean. I'm sure the median is WAY lower. i.e. Most have $1200 and a few have 6 and 7 figures.

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Jul 24, 2018

My FA and I butt heads very often over this very subject. It is the constant back and forth and my stance will not change. I love the peace of knowing that I could have a truly catastrophic event occur in my life and at least I have the comfort that at least from the money perspective it is already covered.

YMMV

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

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Jul 26, 2018

unless the U.S. incurs 1 million % inflation

Jul 24, 2018

The average is held up by people with millions in cash. The average American is still broke. I'll bet the median is significantly lower ($10k or less).

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Jul 24, 2018

this data is misleading

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Jul 24, 2018

Simple personal finance rule of thumb: Most households should hold 3-6mo of net income in cash to avoid needing to draw down other assets which may have negative tax consequences (401k) or be at a low point (any investment) when needed. I know I'd need more than that listed amount to survive a significant period of unemployment. I don't know about you.

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Jul 24, 2018

savings rate is 3% what the fuck are you on about. nobody asked me also. any of you guys a part of this study?

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Jul 26, 2018

I try to keep $250,000 + 2 years expenses living like a broke person saved at all times. The 250 is in-case a great opportunity comes along and the 2 years because I could easily lose my main income sources ATM and they would take at least a year to rebuilt to something decent.

Jul 26, 2018

Incredible how many folks don't even have an emergency fund, let alone a rainy day/few months expenses saved up in case they lose their job.

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Jul 26, 2018
In The Flesh:

Incredible how many folks don't even have an emergency fund, let alone a rainy day/few months expenses saved up in case they lose their job.

First world problems on the other hand, don't see a reason in dipping into my emergency fund

Jul 26, 2018

I currently have about 20% in cash and really the only reason it is that high is because I like to save some for investment opportunities that I like (primarily undervalued stocks). The 20% is easily enough to pay for rent in an expensive city for 3-5+ years so I don't feel at risk at all having a low amount.

Mid-20s, don't own real estate, no debt. An additional 50% is highly liquid stocks which could be easily converted to cash as needed and the last 30% is 401K.

Jul 26, 2018

10% cash, though I'm typically at 15%. Spent a good chunk on starting a new business recently.

My first few years out of college I kept a very lean system, only kept one months expenses in cash reserves and invested the rest. At that point my cost of living was so low compared to income, and I had no real need to spend on anything that it made sense. The older/more burdened I get though, the more I see shitty unforeseen costs hit, so I carry more in cash.

Jul 26, 2018

I have about 20% in cash, but only because I am saving for a downpayment on my first home. I also have had trouble finding good investments for my cash recently, given how high equity valuations are.

Jul 26, 2018
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