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Frugality Forged in Today’s Recession

April 10, 2009

With their jobs less secure, their houses worth less and their stock-market portfolios shrunken, Americans are saving more now. But will they still be thrifty when the recession ends?

No one will know for sure for years, but there’s good reason to believe Americans will be saving more in the next decade than they did in the last one. “It’s hard to believe we’re ever going back to the easy credit and free spending of the last 10 years,” said economist Richard Berner of Morgan Stanley.

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