Stocks are at a near all-time high.
Unemployment has returned to pre-recession lows.
Even so, Americans have faced a volatile decade of financial ups and downs.
Palm Beach Gardens-based Bankrate.com asked Americans to look in the rear-view mirror and report their biggest regrets about money.
Below are the Top Five:
Regret No. 1 – Not Saving Enough For Retirement
Most families have no retirement savings, and those who have built a nest egg possess only tiny amounts, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The typical household headed by someone in his late 50s to early 60s has just $17,000 — and that’s the most well-heeled age group. “I’ve never met a person who regretted saving money,” says Bankrate analyst Mark Hamrick.
Regret No. 2 – Not Having An Emergency Savings Account
A separate study by Bankrate found more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings — leaving them with nothing for an unexpected car repair or medical bill.
Regret No. 3 – Too Much Credit Card Debt
The average household with credit card debt carries more than $16,000 on plastic, NerdWallet reports. Depending on the interest rates on your cards, that debt load could rack up $3,000 a year in interest charges.
Regret No. 4 – Too Much Student Loan Debt
With tuition inflation reaching runaway levels, student debt is at an all-time high — and some hapless borrowers are taking on six-figure loans. Tellingly, this regret ranks No. 4 among all age groups but No. 1 among those ages 27 to 36, Bankrate says.
Regret No. 5 – Not Saving Enough For Children’s College Costs
See No. 4
Source: Palm Beach Post