Chart of the day: household debt vs. savings

One reason many pundits feel this particular downturn will be quite nasty is the level of debt consumers have versus their savings. Since July 1982, when the stock market bottomed, Americans have been dis-saving and leveraging up like nobody's business.

Since Alan Greenspan became Federal Reserve Chairman in 1987, the Federal Reserve has always supplied easy money when the economy hit the skids. As a result, Americans were never forced to retrench by reducing debt and rebuilding savings in ...

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