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What is the Savings Rate in Other Countries?

August 27th, 2014 by 
PK

Savings articles tend to be among the most popular articles here on DQYDJ (as in our most popular savings article - our Savings Rate Calculator for determining when you can retire), but we often concentrate on our own savings rate... or at most the savings rate of America.  When we saw a link to an OECD tabulation of savings rates across a fine selection of countries, we knew we'd found an interesting data set that you folks would love to see.

So, how about it - if your savings rate was the sole determinant of what country you lived in, where would you be teleported?

Country by Country savings rates

OECD Data on Savings Rate Per Country

The UK, Spain, Portugal and France are gross savings rates, everyone else is net (the type we prefer).  I did find it interesting that the EU outsaves the US.  Also interesting is the Demographic tales this chart can tell - Japan, for example, has an oft-pointed out aging population... we would expect their lower savings rates as retirees would be expected to withdraw more than deposit.

See anything else interesting in the above chart?  How's your savings rate looking this year?

Sources

OECD (2014), "Household saving rates - forecasts", Economics: Key Tables from OECD, No. 7.

doi: 10.1787/hssv-gr-table-2014-1-en

 

      

PK

PK started DQYDJ in 2009 to research and discuss finance and investing and help answer financial questions. He's expanded DQYDJ to build visualizations, calculators, and interactive tools.

PK is in his mid-30s and works and lives in the Bay Area with his wife, two kids, and dog.

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