Great Recession

Government Pushes Financial Risk, But Americans Save Instead

Yes, the feds really want to replicate the mistakes of the past

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Americans have poured record amounts of money into savings accounts even though interest rates are at historic lows, new federal data show, a sign that ordinary people may be missing out on a booming stock market and recovering real estate sector.

The total amount in those accounts climbed nearly 5 percent to $6.9 trillion in the spring, the highest level recorded since the Federal Reserve launched its regular reports on the flow of money in the economy in 1945. At the same time, other data show that Americans are fleeing the stock market and avoiding the purchase of new homes.