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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.
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savings ratiothe proportion of NATIONAL INCOME that is saved by households (see PERSONAL SAVINGS RATIO), by businesses in the form of RETAINED PROFITS, and by the government in the form of BUDGET SURPLUSES.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005