Friday, January 11, 2008

Fidelity: Debt crowds job-based savings

The following appeared in the January 11, 2008 issue of the St. Paul Pioneer Press business section, page 2C.

Fidelity: Debt crowds job-based savings
High consumer debt is slowing growth in retirement savings accounts, according to a study released Thursday by Fidelity Investments. The mutual fund company, which is based in Boston, found one in three employees of nonprofit organizations increased their contributions to job-based savings plans in 2007. Some 44 percent of participants in the survey also admitted to personal debt exceeding $5,000, not including mortgages, the study found. The impact of debt could be seen in the breakdown of savings by people who considered themselves investors, savers or spenders. The spenders tended to carry higher debt than people in the other categories. Some 42 percent of people who considered themselves investors raised their contributions in 2007, compared with 30 percent of savers and 25 percent of spenders, the study found.

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