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Do we save too much?

Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher

Just a few years ago, before the Great Recession hit, economists were reporting a “negative savings rate” among Americans. That meant many of us were spending even more than we earned each year. How could that be? At the time, hard as it may be to remember now, the rising stock market and booming housing prices gave many Americans such a sense of wealth and optimism about the future that they felt comfortable spending everything they earned and borrowing to spend yet more. (Sort of like the federal government.)

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Looking back and ahead

Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher

A reader wrote me recently to say she clipped and saved the “Man of Valor” column I wrote last year as a eulogy to my late father, and that she has read it many times since. She suggested I reprint it in our upcoming editions as a Father’s Day column. I was touched by the request. I am not reprinting it here, however, as the column is available on our website at (enter “man of valor” in the “site search” box on the home page, or go directly to

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