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Personal savings as a percentage of disposable personal income.
The amount a person or organization places in a savings account or similar vehicle as a percentage of total disposable income. Savings are important for long term financial stability as it gives a person or organization a cushion for bad times. The savings rate may be calculated at microeconomic level for personal finances or may be aggregated at the national level to gauge financial health. A low or negative savings rate usually indicates excessive borrowing, spending, or both. On the other hand, a high savings rate may result in slower economic growth as persons and companies are saving instead of purchasing goods and services. See also: Rainy day fund.