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Fact check: Kamala Harris' claim about Americans with unexpected expense Fact check: Kamala Harris' claim about Americans with unexpected expense
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We are fact checking the claim that half of Americans don't have $400 for unexpected expense. We are fact checking the claim that half of Americans don't have $400 for unexpected expense.
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Senator Kamala Harris <a href="https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1098708948096565248">wrote a tweet</a> about the number of Americans with only 400$ to afford for unexpected expense, she claimed the following: Senator Kamala Harris <a href="https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1098708948096565248">wrote a tweet</a> about the number of Americans with only 400$ to afford for unexpected expense, she claimed the following:
http://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1098708948096565248 http://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1098708948096565248
<strong>Claim</strong> <strong>Claim</strong>
"Nearly half of American families do not have enough cash to afford a $400 unexpected expense"  "Nearly half of American families do not have enough cash to afford a $400 unexpected expense."
<strong>Fact Check: Mostly true</strong> <strong>Fact Check: Mostly true</strong>
The <a href="https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2018-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2017-dealing-with-unexpected-expenses.htm">report on the economic well being of U.S. Households in 2017- May 2018</a>  found that " Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense".  The <a href="https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2018-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2017-dealing-with-unexpected-expenses.htm">report on the economic well being of U.S. Households in 2017- May 2018</a>  found that "Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense".
the report also mentions that for other small expenses "  such as a car repair or replacing a broken appliance, can be a hardship for many families without savings. When faced with a hypothetical expense of only $400, 59 percent of adults in 2017 say they could easily cover it, using entirely cash, savings, or a credit card paid off at the next statement (referred to, altogether, as "cash or its equivalent"). Over the past five years, as the economy has recovered, the fraction of families able to easily cover this emergency expense has increased by about 9 percentage points"  The report also mentions that for other small expenses "such as a car repair or replacing a broken appliance, can be a hardship for many families without savings. When faced with a hypothetical expense of only $400, 59 percent of adults in 2017 say they could easily cover it, using entirely cash, savings, or a credit card paid off at the next statement (referred to, altogether, as "cash or its equivalent"). Over the past five years, as the economy has recovered, the fraction of families able to easily cover this emergency expense has increased by about 9 percentage points".
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This chart has been taken from <a href="https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2018-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2017-dealing-with-unexpected-expenses.htm">the federal reserve website</a>  This chart has been taken from <a href="https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2018-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2017-dealing-with-unexpected-expenses.htm">the federal reserve website.</a>
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