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Inflation Continues to Soar Amid Pandemic Despite Low-Income Families Having ‘Enough’ Cash On Hand – Report

A man looks at the electronic board showing downward graph of share prices index at a securities company in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, on March 18, 2008. Chinese share prices closed 3.96 percent lower March 18 as sentiment was dampened by inflation concerns and surging prices of raw materials, dealers said. AFP PHOTO/LIU Jin (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP via Getty Images)

JPMorgan Chase said low-income households, who had the most significant increases of all families in the US, now have larger cash on hand than they did before the pandemic. However, another study refutes that the money they have on hand will not be enough to support their needs due to inflation.

NEW YORK – AUGUST 14: People shop at a Fairway grocery store August 14, 2008 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A new government report has shown that U.S. inflation has risen to a 17-year-high annual rate in July, led by gains in energy, food, airline fares and apparel. Consumer prices rose by 0.8 per cent in July, which means that the cost of living in America is rising at a rate of 5.6 per cent over the year as a whole. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Inflation Continues to Soar High

Inflation continues to eat away at pay increases gained by Americans joining the hot job market, particularly lower-income groups. According to a recent study by many Republicans on the Joint Economic Committee, increasing inflation disproportionately affects low-income Americans.

Even before the pandemic, a large segment of the nation lacked the financial resources to deal with unanticipated bills. According to statistics from the Federal Reserve, almost 40 percent of Americans would have struggled to afford a $400 bill in 2017, implying that nearly half of the nation was living paycheck to paycheck. This proportion rose to 36 percent in 2020, Minneapolis Federal Reserve added. The said data shows that those stimulus payments have aided some Americans in being better prepared to cope with short-term costs.

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Low-Income Families Still Got Cash On Hand To Sustain Needs

President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 relief measure into law earlier this year, which contained a monthly child tax benefit for American families with dependent children. According to a study conducted by Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the child tax credit might reduce child poverty by 45 percent. The credit will expire at the end of 2021 as it now stands.

After receiving stimulus cheques, families experienced considerable gains in cash on hand. JPMorgan Chase said the April child tax credits bolstered low-income households’ wages as inflation started to climb rapidly. These gains, however, were swiftly depleted by costs such as food, housing, and other essentials, all of which saw price rises in the previous year. Families with higher earnings and no dependent children, on the other hand, kept their cash balances growing, according to the survey.

Families with dependent children had higher checking account balance increases throughout each cycle of stimulus, as assessed by receipts of the advanced child tax credit and stimulus payments, but they also spent those balances at a faster pace than those without dependents. Single-parent homes did much worse, according to the research.

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