The Unequal COVID Saving and Wealth Surge

Household saving increased sharply during the COVID-19 crisis in many countries. Lower consumption, both as a result of lockdowns or precaution, combined with an increase in disposable income from government transfers allowed households to put more money into their bank accounts, buy shares, a house, or pay back their debt. Along with saving, surging equity and housing prices also made certain households a lot wealthier. In our latest chart of the week, an analysis of US data as part of our recent External Sector Report found the bulk of the increase in saving…

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