Today, The New York Times featured research from the U.S. Financial Diaries as well as other sources to explore the issue of income volatility and how it is affecting the financial lives of Americans. The complete article is available here.
For millions of Americans, including USFD households, income fluctuates monthly, weekly, and seasonally. In fact, 61% of the time (for those in the study), there is a mismatch between spending needs and income flows. According to principal investigator Jonathan Morduch, “This is a hidden inequality that often gets lost.”