Consumers Have $1 Trillion More Savings Post-Pandemic: The Kiplinger Letter

GDP data show Americans have more savings than they did pre-pandemic.

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It turns out that consumers have more extra savings than economists believed. The latest GDP data indicate Americans have a combined $1 trillion more in savings than what they likely would have had without the jump that was caused by the pandemic when the government sent out multiple rounds of stimulus checks, and people had fewer opportunities to spend money. 

That cash hoard has been falling, leading to expectations that consumer spending is bound to take a hit sometime soon. Now it looks like consumers, collectively, are not so close to being tapped out. 

However, don’t expect all of those extra savings to get spent. Much of it is in the hands of wealthy consumers, who have likely invested the money or plan to do so. Still, the extra financial cushion will add a bit to GDP growth next year and in 2025.

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David Payne
Staff Economist, The Kiplinger Letter

David is both staff economist and reporter for The Kiplinger Letter, overseeing Kiplinger forecasts for the U.S. and world economies. Previously, he was senior principal economist in the Center for Forecasting and Modeling at IHS/GlobalInsight, and an economist in the Chief Economist's Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. David has co-written weekly reports on economic conditions since 1992, and has forecasted GDP and its components since 1995, beating the Blue Chip Indicators forecasts two-thirds of the time. David is a Certified Business Economist as recognized by the National Association for Business Economics. He has two master's degrees and is ABD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.